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Verde River Golf & Social Club (480) 471-3232

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Arizona Golf Course Review

Note - January, 2017: Verde River Golf & Social Club has been totally re-designed by renowned golf expert Tom Lehman and the design is taking shape nicely. It is now open for public play during the completion of the renovation process. This course is scheduled to become a private facility in the future so take advantage of the chance to play this spectacular new layout while you can.  Photos and review below reflect the previous course layout.  For more information visit the Verde River Golf & Social Club website by clicking here.

Vista Verde Golf Club | Arizona golf course

Nestled between the McDowell Mountains and the Verde River, Verde River Golf & Social Club is the hub of an adult golf community, providing members and non-members alike with a unique Arizona golfing experience. Formerly known as Vista Verde and Tegavah, Verde River opened in 2006 in Rio Verde AZ, nestled in the Sonoran Desert just east of Scottsdale and bordering the Tonto National Forest. 

Vista Verde Golf Club | Arizona golf course

Vista Verde Golf Club | Arizona golf course

Of equal importance is the surrounding vistas, featuring spectacular mountain views on all sides. Granite Mountain, the Mazatzals, McDowell and Superstition Mountains, and Weaver's Needle all rise against the blue sky. There are no skyscrapers, no freeways - only the specter of the tranquil desert environment, on land that sits just across from the Tonto National Forest. Saguaros and ironwood trees that have been placed along the fairways and greens provide an even balance with the generous landing areas you will encounter on many fairways. Players will find that stations with ice and water are conveniently located throughout both courses. The Pro Shot GPS that is standard on each cart provides accurate information from tee to green, as well as suggestions on how to play each hole. Additionally, pin placement sheets dividing the greens into 3 sections are posted.

Vista Verde Golf Club | Arizona golf course

Vista Verde Golf Club | Arizona golf course

The 30,000 square foot clubhouse and grill plans are scheduled to start in the near future - for now golfers check in at the small real estate building as they approach the property, then are directed to take a right turn toward the cart barn just past the second bridge. There is a grass range and putting green on property.

Vista Verde Golf Club | Arizona golf course

Vista Verde Golf Club | Arizona golf course

Cart paths lead to finely sculpted tee areas that play over landscaped desert, arroyos and washes to generous fairways. There are frequent carries off the tee, but most are very reasonable in length, and there is generally ample room for slightly offline tee shots. Sprinkler heads on the course are measured to the center of the green, and the 90 degree rule is commonly in effect, allowing players to drive in the fairways and rough. Hand held GPS systems are available, providing accurate information to the pin, once the user becomes proficient in its application. This is especially helpful on approaches to the raised and sloping green complexes. There are 5 sets of tees that play to distances and slopes measuring 7219 yards/144 slope, 6782 yards/136 slope, 6363 yards/125 slope , 5974 yards/129 slope for women and 5384 yards with a slope of 123 for ladies hitting from the forward sets. The scorecards also provide slope ratings for golfers choosing to play from a combination of tees - a wonderful concept (IE - play up or down a tee depending upon the difficulty of the hole).

Vista Verde Golf Club | Arizona golf course

Vista Verde Golf Club | Arizona golf course

The putting surfaces themselves are quite challenging, with a variety of fairly level and undulating turf... many with crowned edges. If the pin placement is in back, trouble is usually lurking as misses may result in the ball rolling down the slope that is situated behind many of the greens. An up and down in this situation is a tough bargain. The design also features an abundance of fairway sand traps. These bunkers often squeeze the landing zones, requiring golfers to carefully shape their tee shots. On many of the par fours and fives, these hazards create more of a challenge than the surrounding desert. In total, there are 67 sand bunkers spread out along the course, with water in play only on the par four 18th, as a pond is situated to the front and right of the green. In appearance, this course looks extremely manageable - and the wide fairways plus desert mountain scenery certainly make for a pleasant experience for all levels of golfers. Subtle slopes and design techniques will also make this a challenge that avid players will not forget.

Vista Verde Golf Club | Arizona golf course

Verde River Golf & Social Club is a championship facility that offers public play. This SPECTACULAR desert layout is considered to be one of Arizona's finest! In our books, The course is spectacularly beautiful, and is also quite challenging. We rate it right up their with the finest desert golf courses in the state - and this course truly offers desert golf! For more information on Verde River Golf Club, visit our page for the course, with direct link to the Verde River website by clicking here.

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