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4.5
1250 Reviews (1250)
5 Stars
829
4 Stars
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3 Stars
58
2 Stars
24
1 Stars
10
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.6
92.9%
Recommend this course
1186 out of 1250 reviews
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4.2
42 Reviews (42)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
88.1%
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37 out of 42 reviews
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4.4
104 Reviews (104)
5 Stars
59
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.7
91.3%
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95 out of 104 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

4.5
1250 Reviews (1250)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Patio Dining 65
Drinks 61
19th Hole Scenic Views 44
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 92
Bunkers 74
Forced Carries 60
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 79
Advanced Golfers 72
A Weekend Splurge 49
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 93
In the 'Burbs 37
Convenient to the City 30

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Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Previously Played

Greens in bad shape

Not like I remember them. Balls bouncing toward the cup?…….some kinda fungus! And I recommended the tee time. Very disappointing 😟

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun challenging course

Beautiful views, very cold, challenging but fun course layout.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Walsh review

Always a good time at Verrado Founders. Greens not as good as last year. Good rate on Golf Now. Published rates too high.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great morning at Verrado

Played Verrado right after a rain storm. Greens were still very good. Love the layout. Only draw back would be all of the construction on holes 1-8.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
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
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Enforced a 90 degree rule which was not necessary at all. Slowed down the entire course and waited every shot. Also greens were very rough. Not sure why they were so patchy.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Great Layout, fantastic greens. Bunkers, bunkers, bunkers!

Not a spray and pray course. Lots of bunkers, fairway and greenside, but if you can avoid them you can score well.

Greens were great and rolled true.

The day I played it rained for 6+ solid hours and was cart path only but the course was lush and drained fairly well. No complaints at all.

Grill was good, staff was friendly. Nothing but good things to say.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course condition

I have played the founders course at Verrado many times, and the condition is substandard in my opinion. The greens were patchy and putted very inconsistently. The dormant Bermuda rough was also in poor condition, and had the appearance of overwatering. I love this golf course and this condition was very disappointing and not worth the price paid. I hope they can correct these problems.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 54
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bunkers and greens need work. Fairways were fine.

Played this course several times. We enjoy the layout and the challenging, but fair holes. Fortunately, we got a decent deal during the holiday week. The greens were decent pace, however very grainy with a couple different types of grass. Bunkers were horrible. Very little sand and extremely firm beneath the little sand. Not something your expect from a course of this caliber. Another PITA is their QR code procedure for signing the cart waiver. Whose brilliant idea? We got the first tee and the group we were paired with had not done that, so we waited till they completed filling it out. We had to download the QR application as we did not have it on the phone we did have. What do you do if you did not bring your phone? We were paired up with a twosome, one of which was only their 3rd time on a regulation course Thought we might be in for a 5 hour plus round, but give them credit for picking up several times during the round. Was still a 4 1/2 round, which is typical for this course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Founders Course

Course in good condition except for the greens. Worst greens I have seen this year. Extremely bumpy, horrible to putt on, ball is off the ground more than it is on it. Wouldn't recommend for the price.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Founders

Clubhouse and staff excellent. The course has some awesome views. The greens were slow and bumpy but fairways were nice. Courses are getting a lot of play so driving ranges and tee boxes are showing a lot of wear. Not the best deal but definitely not the worst. I had a good time.

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

worth the trip

This is a challenging but fun course to play. For the most part the challenges are right in front of you to take on or avoid. The course also takes on a different personality from different tees. Love this course and well worth the drive if you are coming from the Scottsdale area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sad to see.

Played Verrado many times. Very disappointed to see the condition of the greens. Possibly the worst greens ever played on on a good golf course. Staff of course said had no idea what I was talking about. Greens are great… They were sadly under seeded and looked as though they had a thousand ball marks in them the rye / Bermuda mix was so bad. Very disappointed. Will return in the future, but certainly not for several months and after confirming that things are better.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 12
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor Greens

The greens were in poor shape… very bumpy and uneven. The green fees should have been discounted.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course but not sure what everyone raves about

I was really looking forward to playing this course. I had read many of the great reviews and had also played the "sister" Victory course a few years ago. The course was good condition after overseeding and I played the first day that carts were allowed back on the course.
What I liked: Fairways were spacious and in good condition - Pace of play was excellent (4 hours for this time of year is great) - Check in people were very friendly - Green complexes were large.
What I didn't think was great - The putting surfaces were poor. Very fast downhill and very slow uphill. Almost no grass on the surface. For this price and quality of course I would expect much better greens. Even after overseeding. Almost like they cut them too short before the grass had time to grow in. If the greens do not improve a lot, I would not pay this price to play here again. - Roughs either were not overseeded or were not watered enough and were brown. Even lower quality courses in the valley mostly overseed their roughs.
The course raves about it being one of the top 50 you can play in the US. I am not sure it is in the top 25 in the greater Phoenix area. There are a lot of area courses I would rather play.
I don't want to give the impression that the course is not good, only that I have a lot of experience playing many courses in the Phoenix area and this one did not jump out at me as a must play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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