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“Nice course, bad experience!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tonto Verde Golf Club

Tonto Verde Golf Club
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Rio Verde
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Evergreen, Colorado
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126 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Nice course, bad experience!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

Have played this course before, and as in my previous experience, I was not disappointed with the golf course itself. It was in great shape, and very playable. However, the pace of play was beyond acceptable. They booked four groups that had 6 and 5 players per group in front of our group and expected us to enjoy this experience?? Come on now! Who does that? Why not just move us to the 10th and let us play on without delay? It made for a pretty crappy experience. Nothing ruins a round of golf worse that extremely slow play!!!!! Then to top it off, when we finished (around 3:30-4:00 pm), I went to use the mens room in the clubhouse and the golf shop pro told me he was closing, and when I insisted on using the restroom he told me "well hurry-up, because I'm closing". Recommendation: Do not play on Sunday's!!

Visited June 2013
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Conifer, Colorado
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117 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Nice Course but strange experience!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

The course was in great shape and the price was definitely right for the time of year. We only got to play 14 holes because of the way they stacked us on the course. There were six groups out on the course. Now check this out ~ in front of our foursome were three six somes, and 2 five somes. How are we supposed to play a decent round in a timely manner playing behind groups like that? We ended up skipping holes 6, 7, 8 and 9 and went on to the back nine to bypass all of these crazy groups. I get that it is Arizona golf in summer but really? The fact that we had large groups in front of us should probably have been communicated to us prior to our round starting. They could have started us on the back nine and let us finish on the front but that didn't happen. One weird thing did happen. I had to use the restroom at the end of our round and they were hesitant to even let me into the clubhouse. Apparently, they were closing down to go play golf themselves. That's okay but you still have paying customers on the property and you should allow them to use the facilities. Have golfed at Tonto before so I am going to try not to hold this against them.

Visited June 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Course in good shape and definitely target golf, needed bev cart!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

Came from Central Phoenix and it took 40 minutes to get to the course. It would be nice to have a sign for the course before the entrance, not inside the gate. Also, no beverage cart or half-way house on the course when it's 100 degrees was not cool. There were a few water stations but 2 of them were missing cups. Didn't stop in for a drink and food afterwards because was upset about the lack of service on the course that you would expect from a course of this caliber. Course played tough as it's target golf and a couple of pin placements were on a sidehill which made it even more difficult. I like a challenge and play to about a 10 handicap but a few of those pins were more likely to be seen in a 4-man scramble layout, not for the weekend golfer.

Visited May 2013
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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516 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
“Great Value; Great Greens; 80% Private/20% Public”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2013

Two 18 Hole Courses @ Tonto Verde... the Ranch Course and the Peaks Course. We played the Ranch Course twice during the last two weeks. Supposedly, it's the longer and wider of the two courses. Greens were in excellent shape (compared to TPC Scottsdale, Eagle Mountain, ASU Karstens). $60 after 1pm is a great rate for around here this time of year. Tonto Verde has been holding a great number of Shotgun starts... at 8am and 1pm. We tee'd off in a Non-Shotgun day at 1pm and finished in 4 hours 16 minutes. The marshall did suggest on 3 holes that we might want to speed up (???)... very kind about it, but surely not necessary. Pro Shop and all other staff very friendly. Course is fun. Located about 15 minutes North of Fountain Hills, AZ on the East side of the Valley.

Visited February 2013
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Eden Prairie
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great golf, more activities than time, spectacular views and great friends!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2013

That pretty well sums up our experience of living at Tonto Verde. My wife and I have now experienced living in Tonto Verde for just over a year, and would like to share our experience. As background, we are “snowbirds” as we are now spending our summers in Minnesota and wintering at Tonto Verde.

We originally bought a townhouse at Troon North back in 2005, with the intention of finding an active adult retirement community to buy a home in upon retirement. Over the past several years we checked out several golf communities in the Phoenix area before buying at Tonto Verde.

Our top priorities for a community to buy a home in were good golf with preferably more than one course to play, great views and a solid sense of community. Well we got all that and a lot more at Tonto Verde. The Peaks and the Ranch golf courses are challenging, playable and kept in great shape. Tonto Verde also has a beautiful 18 hole putting course which was attractive to us, but we had no idea of how much of a hit it would be with our many visitors. Golfers and non-golfers love to go out there and play. There are more golf and non-golf events to get involved in than we could ever have time for.

Socially Tonto Verde has far exceeded our expectations. We play in golf and card groups, attend some of the many music or art activities and frequently meet up with friends for dinner either at the Tonto Verde Bar & Grill or the many restaurants in either north Scottsdale or in and near Fountain Hills.

All in all Tonto Verde has turned into a wonderful active retirement home for us. Tonto Verde is semi-private so you can still experience it by playing golf there followed by a drink and/or meal on the beautiful patio, renting a home there thru one of the local realtors or Rio Verde rentals or by staying there for a few days in the Discovery Home available thru the Tonto Verde website.

Visited February 2013
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