Much of Verde River Golf & Social Club’s success has been carried upon the broad shoulders of its stellar Tom Lehman-redesigned golf course. The course is worthy of its numerous accolades from Golf Digest, Golfweek, and others, while giving players of all skill levels a heightened golf experience. Nestled within the Mazatzal Mountains and Tonto National Forest, the course is away from distractions, making it the perfect outing for you and your friends to enjoy your time together.
We warmly welcome daily fee guests, with access provided first to Members.
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Verde River Golf & Social Club has several options for professional instructors. Whether you’re in need of a complete overhaul (you know who you are) or a simple tune-up, we have an option for you. Keep reading to learn more about our instructors, and for contact information to book an appointment today.
A true midwestern boy from Kansas, Landon Christie made his journey to Arizona in 1999. As a graduate of Arizona State University, he wears his pitchfork with pride. Landon has been a PGA Professional since 2005, a certified Titliest fitting Specialist since 2013, and a golfer since birth. Landon’s passion for working with and teaching people of all ages is nothing new. He’s been an integral part of clubs in Arizona, including DC Ranch Country Club and Terra Vita. His patience, understanding of the dynamics of a pure golf swing, and love of the game is a rare and valuable combination.
Landon’s other passion is family. His wife, Shannon, is a well-established realtor in the community, and his daughters dance more than they sleep. Their family bond is something wonderful to see. Landon is a true triple threat: family, love, and the love of golf.
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After 30 years of playing and winning on the PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour, Mark is excited to share the knowledge and experience he has gained from playing and competing with the greats of the game. As a player, he has two tournament wins and 500 official starts on the PGA Tour, and five wins on the PGA Champions Tour, highlighted by the 2013 Senior British Open, his first of two wins that year.
After leaving the PGA Champions Tour, Mark accepted the position of Director of Instruction at historic San Jose Country Club in Northern California. While there, he created a new atmosphere for learning all aspects of the game for every level of player. Now, Mark brings his experience to Verde River Golf & Social Club, to help Members and guests improve their game.
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Sally Cardwell is nationally recognized among the top LPGA instructors with an outstanding pedigree as both a teacher and a player. Originally from Dix Hills, NY, Sally is a graduate of the prestigious San Diego Golf Academy, where she was personally trained by PGA Master Professional, AJ Bonar. Her career includes competing on the Players West and the Ladies Challenge Golf Tours, three seasons at Sankaty Head Golf Club (Golf Digest Top 100 Classic Courses) as the club’s LPGA Teaching Professional, and 8 years at The Golf Club of Purchase in Purchase, NY, where she established herself as one of the most sought after instructors in the state. Sally also served as the LPGA Teaching Professional at the Golf Digest Schools in Lenox, MA under Golf Magazine Top 100 instructor, Keith Lyford. Sally, along with her husband, co-owned and operated one of Golf Magazine’s Top 25 Golf Schools, the Lyford Golf School in Scottsdale, AZ.
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Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Philip Cardwell has worked under the tutelage of some of the world’s most accomplished golf coaches, including Bob Toski, Jim Flick, and David Leadbetter, and is today widely recognized as one of the most effective golf instructors in the U.S. A graduate of Ferris State University, Philip has helped thousands of players improve, from beginners to top amateurs and professionals. As a professional golf instructor, Philip owned and operated the Lyford Golf School in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife, Sally. He served on the Golf Digest instructional staff in Lenox, MA, as well as at Quaker Ridge Golf Club (a Golf Digest Top 100 course) in Scarsdale, NY, and Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket Island, MA. An accomplished player himself, Philip has compiled multiple professional wins in the highly competitive Metropolitan and New England PGA Sections as well as the mini tour circuits in Arizona. In fact, Philip has qualified for two PGA National Championships, and in 2017, he qualified for the Bob Goldwater Cup Team, finishing 9th on the Southwest Section PGA Player of the Year points list.
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Jesus Martinez is a PGA Member and qualified golf instructor who has experience with golfers of all skill levels. His passion for the game, experience in fitting golfers with the proper clubs, and more than 15 years of teaching the game to golfers of all skill levels since 2005 has helped thousands of players better their game.
Jesus is the Director of Golf for the Verde River Golf & Social Club and has a vast background in golf education and operations. In 2007, he helped open the PGA Superstore in Chandler, where he focused on teaching, training, and fitting golfers. He then took his talents to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, where he was the Director of Academies for the Ochoa Golf Academy. While there, he helped Lorena Ochoa’s coach, Rafael Alarcon, write his instruction manual, which teaches other golf professionals his philosophy that helped Lorena become a #1 Golfer in the World. Jesus has also overseen the academies at clubs including Atlas Country Club, Turtle Dunes Country Club, Tres Marias Golf Club, and Goose Creek Golf Club.
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“ Players will love these new challenges and the enhanced sight-lines. ”
“ Very impressed!! The facility is top shelf from start to finish. The staff was incredibly friendly, especially considering we were guests at a semi-private club ”
“ Very nice golf course, pro shop staff very nice, beverage cart also very nice, greens in good shape and tee boxes also in good shape ”
“ Greens in excellent shape... Layout very fair and fun... Views second to none... Worth every penny... Highly recommend. ”