Verde River Golf & Social Club

4.0874176471 4.1 stars from 5 (427)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7058 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

  • 29005 N. Vista Verde Dr. , Rio Verde, AZ 85263
  • (480) 471-3232
  • (480) 366-4967
  • www.verderivergolf.com

Year built: 2006
Architect(s): Ken Kavanaugh (2006), Tom Lehman (2016)
Type: Private
Style: Desert
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No denim, No blue jeans, & No Cut offs. Collared Shirts are required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7058 yards 72.7 138
Gold/Silver 72 6757 yards 71.3 132
Silver 72 6561 yards 70.1 129
Silver (W) 72 6561 yards 77.7 137
Copper 72 6043 yards 67.6 117
Copper (W) 72 6043 yards 74.7 124
Copper/Teal 72 5615 yards 65.2 111
Copper/Teal (W) 72 5615 yards 71.7 124
Teal 72 5161 yards 62.7 108
Teal (W) 72 5161 yards 68.5 115

Verde River Golf & Social Club (formerly known as Tegavah Golf Club and Vista Verde Golf Course) has a desert style layout that features panoramic views of Four Peaks, the Superstition Mountains, Weaver's Needle, and the Tonto National Forest. In addition to the scenery, the golf course also presents interesting challenges such as subtle contours and desert wasteland areas that guard the holes. The greens lead to generous landing areas that require precision and length. Although only one water hazard comes into play on one hole, there are several sand bunkers strategically situated throughout. Verde River Golf & Social Club offers five sets of teeboxes to offer suitable challenges for players of all skill levels and abilities.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 427 Reviews
5 stars:
197
4 stars:
180
3 stars:
34
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

395 out of 425 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens forced carries   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Verde River Must Play!"


u000001098586's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Wow..our foursome was very impressed with Verde River. The greens were in excellent shape, by far the best we played in the east valley. The layout was challenging yet very fair and very fun. the views are second to none and yes you have to drive a little ways out to play it but it was worth every penny. highly recommend


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"New clubhouse, new vibe at Verde River"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Although the general public won't get full access to the new clubhouse facility that opened in mid-January, they will get to use enough of it to enjoy it. It's a beautiful facility that's a great addition to a solid golf course that's been operating under three different names in a decade since opening.

The greens were the best of the four courses I played on my most recent trip to Scottsdale. That's saying something, considering I played the Stadium course at TPC Scottsdale less than a month before the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Construction sounds - trucks, hammers, etc. - sometimes intrudes on the Verde River experience, but for the most part, the new homes that have been built or are being built are far enough away not to bother golfers or block the views of the surrounding mountains.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Commented on 01/23/2018

Hi Jason! Thanks so much for the great review - just checking in to let you know that from January 31st, Alvea Spa and Wellness, and Needle Rock Kitchen and Tap warmly welcome all public guests. We hope to see you soon!


"Cart path"


damrbj's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Still cart path only. Course rough in spots. Little expensive for cart path only. Still a very nice course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


finch21's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course with awesome views of the mountains. Great layout with some challenging holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



boingman's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000002616477's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good


I recommend this course


"What a GREAT Course!"


inkyaz's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It has been 4-5 years since I have played Verde River under other owners. WHAT A GREAT IMPROVEMENT!!!! I did not recognize the whole venue. The Pro Shop was super nice, he communicated to the starter that I was early. The range was not open and the Pro and Starter helped me to get off earlier. I thought that showed EXTRA EFFORT for myself. It was very much appreciated!

Three holes were closed but reopen in October. All I can is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000005671563's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



HotPinkGolfBall's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Friendliest staff in valley"


Jeffery4713728's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I've played this couse many times this summer via Hot Deals. The staff treats you like you belong, the food is excellent, and the pace is always quick. The only negative is no practice area and 3 holes are closed, so replay 3 instead.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



verdeplayer's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Amazing View of Mountains"


Pja14's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Verde River has amazing views of the mountains and a very solid layout. When I played about 5 holes were under construction, so I did not get the full experience. Greens and bunkers were what you would expect from a nice course. Worth the drive.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Stan921's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was very challenging. Playing it a 2nd time would be more fun because you would have a better idea as to where to play you shots.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good course, but greens too fast..."


Garald2092754's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in pretty good shape, fairways maybe a little dry, but the greens were the problem - too hard and fast, did not make for an enjoyable round.

New layout is nice, staff is friendly, but it's still a diamond in the rough.

Worth the drive, would go back if they let their greens grow out a little more. We all know water is a limited resource, especially in AZ, but they seem to be limiting it even further than other courses.

I will have to check if they have updated their GPS on-course coordinates recently, as a few holes were off for most standard personal GPS devices. NO GPS in carts either.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Greens"


u000001467706's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were very inconsistent

The layout has changed for the good


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Worth the drive"


liftman1954's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course with very challenging greens. Trying to figure out why the greens on the 1st and the 18th holes were different.. Different in look and in speed. Maybe a little more after since they are so close to the club house? Be warned that there are many waste areas that cut across the fairway and course knowledge is imperative. This is especially true on the 18th where a perfect drive will reward you with a lie at the bottom of a desert wash. Playing your second from this area is very difficult and can unfairly spoil a good round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



toddsmiley's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Very Good Value!"


vdaniels16's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

First time at Verde River. Great track. Not terribly difficult, but challenging enough. I think the views are absolutely spectacular. I've played at least 50 different golf courses in the past 12 months and this one has the best views hands down.

The staff are very friendly and helpful. The course was dry and a little rough, but frankly, what I expect in May. For $45, I think it was a heck of a value compared to others in the valley.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Vista Verde Golf & Tennis club"


u000002490091's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The redesign by Tom Lehman has made this a more challenging though very fair course. The 4 green redo's have added elevated & more undulating greens which may require higher approach shots. That said, being from MN, I never regret playing a Tom Lehman course. He has designed some of the best courses in MN.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Surprised at the conditions"


u000001999542's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Haven't played this course since Feb. of this year. I have been playing here since it opened years ago. The conditions of the course were very surprising. Terrible condition. Driving range is brown. Fairways are very thin in places. Nothing but dirt around the 1st green and on numerous other holes. Greens remain very hard. Shea Homes needs to put some effort into the condition of the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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