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This club is located 45 minutes south of Gilbert (which is in the SE part of Phoenix), but you know what? It's worth the drive. In the middle of a sco... » More
This club is located 45 minutes south of Gilbert (which is in the SE part of Phoenix), but you know what? It's worth the drive. In the middle of a scorching summer, PB still provided their golfers with near perfect conditions. Tee boxes were green and lush, never had a bad lie on the fairways all day (and even a sweeper like myself still managed to create divots on almost every shot), bunkers had perfectly conditioned sand that allowed for the shot of your choice, and the greens, while still coming off being punched a few weeks ago were still fast and true and held every shot into them. Another week and they'll be perfect.
The course plays long (7282 from the Gold tips, 6820 from the Blacks and the third set, The Whites, where I played from, measured out at 6552 yards). There are strategically placed fairways bunkers that can trip you up, but the fairways are typically wide enough to avoid them. The Par 4s seemed to alternate from a long one to a short one, so you don't feel like you're getting beat up hole after hole. The signature hole of this Gary Panks' designed course must be the 17th, a short Par 3 to a true island green very reminiscent of TPC Sawgrass. That's also the only hole where water could come into play.
Free driving range came with the round, and the service was excellent. Friendly staff in the clubhouse, the snack bar and the young lady who cleaned my clubs afterwards. Overall, a very playable course with terrific conditions and a staff that only enhances your experience. I paid $18, was more than worth that price. Will definitely make the drive down here again.
Living in Gilbert, I don't often drive out to the west side to play golf, but when I saw a $14 deal on GolfNow, I packed up my clubs and drove the 66 ... » More
Living in Gilbert, I don't often drive out to the west side to play golf, but when I saw a $14 deal on GolfNow, I packed up my clubs and drove the 66 miles to Verrado. So glad I did.
As you would expect from a high end club, customer service was excellent, with someone taking my clubs and setting up my cart to the pro shop staff checking me in. Facilities include a huge grass driving range with all you hit balls available, a large chipping area and green, practice bunker and separate putting greens. All were in great shape. Carts are electric, and come stocked with ice chest, ball/club washer, GPS and even a couple of towels, along with 10 plastic complimentary tees.
Verrado is designed by Tom Lehman & John Fought, and has six different tee box options/combos to choose from, ranging from the Black tips (7258 yards) to Silver (6833) to White (6228). There are two other shorter tee boxes for seniors/ladies. They also have a Black/Silver combo (7036) and a Silver/White combo (6561), so everyone should be able to find a distance with which they are comfortable. I played from the Silvers (probably biting off more than I chew, but I wanted to truly experience the course).
As for the course itself, what a treat. Every hole is challenging, whether it be elevation changes, narrowed fairways leading into crevices and/or desert, fairways bunkers placed right in your landing area, or greens with false fronts. Playing from Silver meant I had six Par 4s measuring over 400 yards, including the 4th which measured at 454 yards, the 8th at 457 yards, the 16th at 449 yards and the finishing 18th measuring out at 457 yards. My drives are typically in the 225-230 yard range, so I definitely had my hands full, but, except for one hole, I never felt I had no chance at a par.
One of the trickiest hole might be one of the shortest: The Par 4 291 yard 13th. Uphill. A lot. And, if you're a big hitter who thinks he can reach it, the greens complex for this hole is the nastiest on the course. Steep false front which will send mis-hit chips back down to your feet a la Retief Goosen at the US Open a few years ago. The rest of the green has the most extreme breaks of any other green on this course, so play it carefully. This is followed by a Par 3 that drops as steeply as the previous hole rises...fun! There's also the 8th hole, with a huge stone outcropping past the desert carry area that will play with your head.
As for course conditions, tee boxes were in good shape, fairways were outstanding and the rough could be thick and penal at times. I was in four bunkers (three fairway) and always had a fair chance to escape. Greens had been punched about 3 weeks prior, many were rolling true but there were still quite a few bumps in our putts. Another week or so and they should be perfect.
This is definitely a course you want to play if you can make out to the southwest corner of Phoenix. I will absolutely return at some point in the future.
Here's a pro tip for this course you would be wise to remember: Ladies' Club is held on Mondays here and the Mens' Club is on Tuesdays. If you want to... » More
Here's a pro tip for this course you would be wise to remember: Ladies' Club is held on Mondays here and the Mens' Club is on Tuesdays. If you want to play on either of those days, do yourself a favor and schedule an afternoon tee time to avoid the human glaciers playing out here.
Now that that is out of the way, let's talk about the course. Scottsdale Silverado is not overly long (6313 from the tips, 5734 from the Whites), but it is a very enjoyable layout. The back nine is a bit more spread out and scenic (and ends with its signature Par 3 18th hole over water), but the front nine has its challenges as well, particularly the #6 and #8 holes, which are longish Par 3s with major trouble to the right on each of the holes.
The course was as green as I've ever seen it, and that's saying something. Probably has a lot to do with the unseasonable rain we've experienced this month. Regardless, there are few bare patches to be found anywhere on the course. Tee boxes in good shape, though some are getting worn and a couple beginning to crown slightly, though nothing that impacted my swings or its results. Major plaudits to the bunkers: I was in 5 today, and each one had fluffy sand allowing me to concentrate on my swing and not worrying about my blade bouncing off the surface and sending a ball screaming across the green. Allowed me to get up and down 3 times (including a rare spinner at 18 that checked up 2 feet from the hole).
Probably the weakest part of the course were the greens. While they were in good shape and held shots into them, the members here clearly do not fix their ball marks, and many putts by both me and my playing partners had more bounce than should be expected.
Finally, a quick shout out for the customer service today. As the Mens Club was in full force when I arrived, I had to park in an overflow parking lot a long way away from the tee shop. One of the starter crew saw me and sped over in a cart so that I did not have to carry my clubs all the way back to clubhouse. Cart girl came by 4 times today (twice each side) and the clubhouse guy was also helpful. A very fun afternoon of golf.
Played Thursday 5/28, 11:30am tee time, but went off at 11am.
Summer hits, and the course becomes near deserted as the day wears on. Teamed up... » More
Played Thursday 5/28, 11:30am tee time, but went off at 11am.
Summer hits, and the course becomes near deserted as the day wears on. Teamed up with another single, just another twosome on the course ahead of us, who let us through on #4 and we did not see another group until we made it to #14.
Course is in great shape. Just a long green carpet of fairways awaits you on nearly every hole. Rough can be patchy, especially if you mis-hit an iron on a Par 3, but great lies all day long in the fairway. Tee boxes in good shape, though some wear on the #12 island green tee box. Greens were holding shots into them all day, soft enough to leave ball marks that needed repairing but still quite fast. My playing partner, who clearly played here a lot, only needed 23 putts to complete his round, which attests to the general smoothness and readability of the greens.
Bunkers were the only questionable part of the course. While some had clearly been restored and had plenty of white sand in them, many others were very hard packed and rocky, and it was like hitting off of hard pan. Hopefully, Lone Tree will finish restoring all the bunkers in the near future.
No cart girls present during the week, so bring your own drinks. Driving range, putting green and chipping green all available for warm-up. Price on GolfNow was only $15; you cannot beat the quality of the course for that rate. PoP clocked in at under 3 hours.
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