The Victory Course
Address: 4242 North Golf Drive
Buckeye, Arizona 85396
General Manager: Jay Critcher
Head Golf Professional: Andrew Veysey
Director Sales & Marketing: Doug Foss
Course Designer/Architect: Tom Lehman and John Fought
About This Course:
18 Holes of Championship Golf
Par 72– 7258 yards from the tips
Rating/Shope: 73.8/132; 71.6/126; 68.9/119; 65.3/111; 68.3/113
by Nancy Howard, Editor/Publisher of Arizona Golfer in 2014
Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to play Verrado Golf Club, designed by Tom Lehman and John Fought, when it was a virgin course! What an exhilarating experience. Today the course, with improvements here and there has to be even better than Lehman and Fought expected, especially with accolades of ‘2013 and 2012 Best Courses You Can Play” from Golfweek.
With overseeding completed, it’s time to get out and experience this masterpiece for the first time. Or, if you’ve played a round or two previously, then head on back as this course is in magnificent condition.
Set in the White Tank Mountains, the Verrado Golf Club delivers 7258 yards of challenging, championship golf with remarkable views of the White Tank, Estrella, and Camelback Mountains, and (40 miles away, at least) Four Peaks, the McDowells and even the Superstitions.
Verrado offers lush fairways, great sand, and slick greens that hold and putt true. However, do remember “mountain golf” when reading your putts. There’s a lot of thinking on this course, as you’re moving up and down with elevation changes throughout the White Tanks, shooting around rock ledges and over water hazards. The ambience is peaceful and quiet with plenty of wildlife…totally removed from the city sounds. Of course, you do have the occasional fly over of the F16s making you wish, just once, you could experience being in one. And, we have the F35s heading this way in January for an exceptional first sighting experience.
Verrado Golf Club offers an excellent practice facility with a large driving range, putting and chipping areas and located far enough away to be convenient, yet out of the way for golf instruction.
The rustic contemporary clubhouse houses the well appointed pro shop, and the Verrado Grille restaurant offering a menu unparalleled to traditional golf course dining. The restaurant combines impeccable Raven service, a lively atmosphere and incredible views to provide an unforgettable experience. Additionally, the open patio, unique indoor and outdoor bar, and spacious seating allow for spectacular viewing of the Sonoran Desert sunsets while dining or having a favorite libation. It’s perfect for after a round or an evening outing.
Hole #3, par 3, 222 yards from the tips: – This hole offers more than golf. The views from the elevated tee box are as beautiful as the course. From the tee box, you look out over what appears to be a floating green. This was definitely one of my favorite holes on the course so don’t forget to take in the views before you watch your ball descend to the green below you.
Hole #10, par 5, 515 yards from the tips. – Awesomely outstanding hole to start the back nine off. Great par 5 with chance to make birdie if you avoid the bunkering and don’t overshoot your tee shot towards the right.
Hole #18, par 4, 494 yards from the tips. –It’s hard not to write about this gorgeous finishing hole with water that comes into play with your 2nd shot. Hit straightaway with bunkers on left and right, but you should be able to clear them. Water comes into play with your 2nd shot with two bunkers on the left and one on the right front of a dogleg right, tiered, peninsula green. It’s just an exceptional finishing hole for a great round of golf.
Verrado Golf Club is an exquisite site for an Arizona wedding or banquet, with beautiful Arizona desert vistas and water features surrounding the manicured grounds. Visit www.VerradoWeddings.com to learn more.
This course is definitely one to add to your ‘Must Play’ list. Call or visit their website for tee times or Memberships such as Annual Play Pass; Single or Couple Passes; Annual Mid-week Pass; Snowbird Pass; Junior Pass; even a Punch Card Pass, plus many other exceptional offerings. There seems to be an option for every golfer.
By By Alice and Danny Scott
The Victory Course at Verrado is the valley’s new Rock Star, literally. Once a proving ground for Caterpillar heavy equipment, design star Tom Lehman has put that machinery to work mining a gem of a course out of the granite geology beneath the White Tank Mountains. It is truly a Victory for all. Lehman’s design lays out an emerald carpet through the desert’s ebb and flow contouring, contrasting with the variegated colors of the natural mountain rock.
In the fall the course will offer a spectacular new clubhouse, but go now for your preview! You will be moved by the expansive views of the mountains and valley that punctuate every hole.
Hole #2, par 3, 170 yards – The green of the first par 3 is separated from the first hole’s green by a granite outcropping. It is simple and direct with no massive bunkers to complicate, but a few to challenge. Boulders and saguaros seamlessly blend into the picture as throughout the course. This is a nice introduction to your round with the first full view of the White Tank Mountains. Embrace the beauty and pick your club wisely for the yardage.
Hole # 8, par 5, 632 yards – The longest hole on the course is also the number one handicap and the closest hole to the base of Tiger Mountain. The spacious bowl shaped fairway narrows as it makes the slight dogleg right toward the green. A large cache of saguaros guard the right side against those brave souls who want to cut a little yardage off their second shot. Your adventure can and will depend on the position of the flagstick. The massive green has a valley separating the front and back. If the superintendent decides to place the pin next to said valley, it could mean a lot of three putts. Pick your poison and choose whether to hit the front or back of the green, as anything caught in the valley could produce a difficult roly-poly result.
Hole # 14, par 4, 309 yards – When a designer creates a drivable par 4 the risk is usually greater than the reward. This hole however stimulates the senses with a natural rock wall formation directly between the tee box and the green, which is strategically avoidable except in the case of worm burners. Long hitters may easily drive the green for a great chance at eagle or anyone getting close to the green has enough room to get up and down for a possible birdie. Strategic layups are an option but there will be great temptation to go for it every time you play. The bunkering, big mounding and catch basins by the green are fairly benign so why not give it the good old college try?
Hole #18, par 5, 590 yards – The symphony of 17 holes crescendo to this signature 18th which is now the most dramatic finishing hole in the valley of the sun. Perched high on the hilltop overlooking a large lake, you might want to “waste a ball” from the tips just for the exhilaration. The fairway can be shortened or lengthened by the courage of the golfer and their tee box selection as each successive one cuts down on the elevation and carry over the lake. The fairway below runs parallel to the lake and climbs into a small box canyon concealing the green. A boulder menagerie must be maneuvered to the green where a false back will carry an excessively strong approach into the deep rough. As you shake hands with your group, turn around and marvel at the spectacle.
The housing development at Victory at Verrado in Buckeye is unfolding beneath the shadows of The White Tank Mountains. The vineyard has been planted on the hillside approaching the course and when completed, The Cliff House will overlook the 18th hole with panoramic views.
Rating and slope will be established soon but we give it an A+ for design. The Victory Course is currently posting a special of $99 plus $25 for a replay round the same day. For a limited time you can play both the Victory and Founder’s Courses in one day for $175, a Victory indeed.