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4.6
1011 Reviews (1011)
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678
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
91.7%
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4.5
59 Reviews (59)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.6
86.4%
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4.6
124 Reviews (124)
5 Stars
92
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.3%
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112 out of 124 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Desert
Par 72
Length 7258 yards
Slope 139
Rating 73.9

John Fought and Tom Lehman collaborated on the course at Verrado Golf Club, a voluptuous design that meanders through the old Caterpillar bulldozer proving grounds. It's up and down for 18 holes and that doesn't mean "chip and a putt." The course is good test with chances to score and a handful of memorable and scenic holes.

Where Verrado Golf Course will eat you alive is in the bunkers. Some bunkers are hard to carry, others collect wayward shots. But the fairways are wide enough to avoid trouble, and what appears to be the safe shot off the tee will often bring greenside bunkers more into play. So pick your poison.

While the back nine is far superior to the front, going out still has its fair share of memorable holes. A huge boulder 30 feet tall on the par-4 eighth jets out from the left side around which the fairway shapes itself. A perfect line from the tee box is to take the ball five yards right off its edge, but hitting the boulder is certain death by desert. The boulder was scheduled to crumble via dynamite, but stood up to the TNT and was deemed an immoveable object. Open and playable for all skill levels, the Verrado Golf Club is a sublime experience.

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Course Details

Year Built 2004
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Lehman (2004) John Fought (2004)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt and bermuda shorts required. No denim.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.6
1011 Reviews (1011)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Patio Dining 63
Drinks 59
19th Hole Scenic Views 42
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 90
Bunkers 72
Forced Carries 59
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 77
Advanced Golfers 70
A Weekend Splurge 47
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 91
In the 'Burbs 37
Convenient to the City 29

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Course is good test. Bar and Grill needs to be more customer oriented and ensure if there are specials posted on golf carts that they are in effect.

Our group played the Saturday before over seeding at Verrado. Even though the fairways were being prepped for over seeding, the course was still beautiful and great fun to play. The scenery is breathtaking as you travel the path through the mountains. The only problem we had occurred after play when we went to the restaurant. While we were playing we commented on the large signs posted on the back of the carts advertising happy hour with 1/2 price appetizers and we had decided to stay and eat there rather than going elsewhere. We ordered drinks and inquired about happy hour and we were told there was no happy hour on Saturdays. When we asked why the cart advertising specified happy hour was on Mondays thru Sundays, we were told that it was no longer true. One of our group then went to the pro shop to inquire why it was posted on the carts and he was told also that it was not true and nothing could be done about it. Ten minutes had since gone by and we were still waiting for our drinks. When another ten minutes passed, and as we watched one person after another walk to the bar to get drinks, we decided that the chances of getting anything to eat would be pretty slim. We left and found a very nice Italian restaurant in the town square to eat in. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to eat after playing Verrado. I would also suggest that management take the time to remove the cart advertising while the course is closed.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great time

Our four some had an unbelievable time, such a nice course to play. For a course that is very spread out the pace of play is very fast. We finished in under three hours and 45 minutes

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/25/2021

Thank you for the review jcbloomis! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and hope to see you back at the Founders Course soon!

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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 57
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Fantastic course! Really nice employees

Fantastic course! Really nice employees . The greens are running really nice here is some tight lies and the pace of play is incredible. Period. Employees are very friendly and great value to be had here. We finished it at four hours

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/25/2021

Thank your for visiting the Founders Course! We greatly value your feedback on your experience, and we will be sure to share it with our staff.

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Reviews 20
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great day, great golf

Course was in great shape, weather was in the upper 60's. Recommend this course to all. It is a fun and challenging course. We did not run into any traffic until about the 15th hole.

Greens were super fast, fairways played nice, and overall the course was in great shape

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 33
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Diamond in the Desert

Although outside of metro Phoenix, definitely worth the trip. In awesome condition- the greens were as close to perfect as you can get, fast and fair. A shot makers course, - if you're offline, you are unplayable.
Good mix of holes (short/long, challenging/easier, uphill/downhill...).
And entire staff (from bag drop, to shop, refreshment cart, to the restaurant, which is a must do) were awesome.
Will definitely be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Welcoming staff.

Despite some computer issues at check-in, the staff made sure it didn’t slow down getting everyone out. Well staffed to make sure having a good time on the course and at the 19th hole.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very enjoyable

Great course. Wide fairways but plenty of bunkers if not straight off tee, Course in great condition. Long way to drive from Mesa but will do again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pin placement messed up !!

The ranger warned us on the first tee box that the pin placement was the incorrect number, but even he was wrong. Very disappointing when such a nice course can screw up something so easy. All we get is sorries, how about free replay with the right pin information?!!!!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Well played

After oversees in excellent condition
Back 9 is spectacular!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Great Design

A very enjoyable course with great strategy throughout. Very playable off the tee, for the most part and the combination of length and green complexes made for a good challenge.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Staff doesn't care

Very disappointed in the staff of this course, we played the front nine in 1:50, and the back in 2 hours and 50 minutes. We had a 2 some in front of us that practiced on every shot and putted numerous times, we didn't see a ranger on the back 9 at all. Talked to the pro shop afterward and he acted like he didn't care to hear it. Would never play hear again

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fantastic Course!

Always enjoyable playing this course ... one of my favourites. It was a wee bit slow today, but still on cart path only after overseeing so understandable. Can’t wait to come back!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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