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Verrado Golf Course Review – Best in Buckeye?

In this Verrado golf course review we’ll help you decide if these courses are worth the drive to Buckeye. These are not close golf courses to Mesa, Scottsdale, or Chandler but it’s an easy drive on the 10 freeway. 

But after playing both golf courses multiple times – including in Arizona Golf Association events – I can say it’s worth the commute. 

Verrado Golf Course Review

Verrado golf course in Buckeye, Arizona has two championship golf courses. 

The original 18 holes is the Founder’s course which is a par 72 at nearly 7,300 yards from the tips with five tee box options. The Victory course is also a par 72 at 7,258 yards with five tee box options. 

It’s important to note that these golf courses have their own clubhouse and practice facility. Despite the same name they are not right next to each other and have about a mile between the two courses. Make sure to enter the correct course into your GPS accordingly to avoid showing up late to your tee time. 

The Founders course has more homes on the course but still very secluded compared to most Arizona golf courses. The Victory course has a much smaller pro-shop restaurant but does provide some great views. But they’re currently building a ton of new homes throughout the area.  

Overview 

  • Both course par 72 
  • Founders is the older, original course.
  • Victory is the newer 18 hole golf course. 
  • Designed by Jon Fought and Tom Lehman 

Practice Facility

The Founders course has a much better practice facility with a huge driving range that is a short drive from the pro shop. By the range is a good-sized chipping green and massive putting green. They also have a smaller putting green by the pro shop for any last minute warm-ups before heading out for the day. 

The Victory course has a great driving range with tons of targets and a huge grass tee. But they don’t have any chipping green and one of the worst putting greens I’ve ever seen. The condition of the green is good but the design (an oval) makes it impossible to practice long putts. Not to mention it has massive slopes that aren’t anything like the greens on the golf course.

2nd hole at Verrado Founders course

Course Overview + Conditions 

Both golf courses are generally in pretty good shape year round. These golf courses don’t get nearly as much play as courses in Phoenix as it’s a pretty good drive to Buckeye. But like some courses they do struggle with overseed at times and might have slower greens at times.

In the handful of times I’ve played there the fairways do pretty well year round. There is a lot of desert in play – some of which is so thick you won’t find your ball, let alone try and play it. So make sure to bring a few extra golf balls. 

Noteworthy Holes on Verrado Golf Course 

With 36 holes and some great views there are some fantastic holes at both golf courses. Here are some of my favorites.

Founders Hole 3: Par 3 – 220 yards

This downhill par 3 is long with desert looming on the right side of the hole. It does play downhill but slightly into the wind as well. I played in a mini-tour event and nearly a third of the field got DQ’d for playing the wrong tee box (this was in 2020 and sports news was so sparse it even got mentioned on ESPN). 

Founder Hole 7: Par 5 – 539 yards

The par 5’s are great at Founders as most are reachable in two shots but require extreme precision. Desert is everywhere on this golf course and the second shot is somewhat blind on this hole. Not to mention it’s a very narrow green – if you don’t feel comfortable going for it in two shots laying up isn’t a bad strategy. 

Founders Hole 13: Par 4 – 306 yards

This short par 4 is the ultimate risk-reward off the tee. A good drive might give you an eagle putt (or chip) but it’s pretty tight and straight uphill. Not to mention the front of the green has a huge slope that will bring short approaches nearly back to your feet. 

Founders Hole 14: Par 3 – 182 yards

After the uphill climb on #13 this is a great downhill par three. It plays about a club shorter thanks to the elevation drop and short is a much better miss than being long. 

Founders Hole 18: Par 4 – 493 yards

This is a challenging and long downhill finishing hole but a good tee shot sets you up. If you find yourself in the short grass it’s not that tough but there is water looming near the green. A great ending to a fun golf course.

Victory Hole 1: Par 4 – 385 yards

You will probably either love or hate this first tee shot as it’s pretty much completely blind – especially from the tips. Since most golfers already struggle from the first tee not seeing anything but desert makes it even more intimidating. But a driver isn’t needed as the fairway narrows out and it’s a short hole. 

Victory Hole 8: 632 yards

If you play this hole from the back tee it’s more than 600 yards, not to mention it usually plays uphill and into the wind. It’s a wide driving hole but the second shot is tough as you’ll need to hit over the large cactus to get yourself into position for the third. While the green is massive with multiple tiers making it no easy birdie on this par five. 

Victory Hole 10: Par 4 – 424 yards

The start of the back nine is a good hole that isn’t too long but requires a good tee shot. The ideal line is over the right bunker if you have the distance. The second shot is a little downhill with a tricky green. 

Victory Hole 14: Par 4 –  309 yards

This short hole requires a great drive to get on the putting surface which is pretty narrow. If you do miss, the best place is short and right. Anything that is left of the hole will kick down to the valley of death (I coined that term after seeing a few golfers take 2–3 chips to get on the green).

Victory Hole 18: Par 5 – 590 yards 

The final hole on the Victory course is their signature hole over the water and back uphill to the clubhouse. The more you take on the right side, the shorter you make the hole and an easier second shot. 

But it’s a challenging uphill second shot with a small green if you’re coming in from long range. The safer play is laying up to a lob wedge third especially if you can’t see much of the green. 

FAQs

How many golf courses are there in Verrado?

There are two championship golf courses at Verrado – the Founders Course and the Victory Course. 

Is Founders better than Victory?

In terms of design I think (and most golfers I play with) agree that Founders is a better layout. The Victory course has a few random holes (I like to think of them as goofy golf) that hold the course back. But both golf courses are usually in great shape and still a fun test of golf with some great views. 

Is Verrado golf club good for kids?

The practice facility at the Founders is good but the courses themselves aren’t very junior friendly. There are a lot of forced carries and a ton of desert in play which might make it challenging for juniors. 

Does Verrado offer memberships? 

Verrado is a public golf course but does offer several different passes including: 

  • Eagle pass: Unlimited golf on both courses, access to practice facilities, 14-day advance tee times, and more. $7,599 for a single pass and $12,499.
  • Par pass: Unlimited golf on both courses Monday-Thursday, access to practice facilities, 14-day advance tee times, and more. $6,349 for a single pass and $9,499.
  • Afternoon pass: Unlimited golf after 2:30pm (Nov – April), after 10am (May – Oct) and access to practice facilities. Single pass $3,949 and couple pass $6,799.
  • VGC Access card: Limited availability and includes a different number of rounds (10, 25, or 50) with unlimited range use. 

Overall Recommendation

Verrado has some great golf thanks to the elevation and well-designed holes. I think the Founders course is significantly better than the Victory course as there are 3–4 holes that could be designed better (like #13, #17). But both golf courses are a great test of golf if you’re willing to make the drive from the Phoenix area. 

Have you played at Verrado golf course yet? Which is your favorite?

Let me know in the comments below. 

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