Wednesday, June 21, 2017 / Verrado-Founders course

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 immovable object. Open and playable for all skill levels, the Verrado Golf Club is a sublime experience.

Verrado Founders scores for today. In first place Tony Dalton at 69 net. In second place Neal Fisel at 70 net. In third place Dave Dean at 74 net. Atta-a-boys go to the Legend himself, Dan Clark at 76 net and Tony Rodriquez at 76 net. Hot today, standard weather for AZ this time of year. Next up Wickenburg Ranch, one of the outstanding courses we play. Hoping you all take time to play it. Field scores below as always.

 


Next up for VGA, Saturday, June 24, 2017 Wickenburg Ranch 8:00 AM $ 55. 

In early February of 2015, Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club made its debut, and for a course built in the heart of some of Arizona’s dramatic Sonoran Desert terrain, it has made quite a splash. Facilities include our spectacular 18-hole championship course crafted among the rolling hills just north of Wickenburg, along with an interim club facility with a golf shop, a small neighborhood market, and a patio where you can enjoy a cold drink before or after your round amidst the unmatched beauty of the surrounding high desert landscape.

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