Rio Verde Celebrates 45 Years in the Desert

Rio Verde Community and Country Club offers 36 holes of parkland-style golf in the desert

With cold and snow gripping much of the Northern U.S., it’s not hard to see the attraction Arizona’s Box Bar Ranch had for a group of Minnesota businessmen in the early 1970s looking to escape their frozen winters. The lush grazing lands of the Box Bar Ranch fronted the Verde River and there was sun in abundance.

Looking to create the perfect retreat for golf, their goal was to plan Rio Verde Community and Country Club “with the idea that we’re designing it for ourselves and for our very own families. Second, we’re going to carry out those plans to the letter—no matter what the cost in time, effort, or money.” Those words are from a 1973 letter written by founding partner and first Rio Verde president, Ray King.

His words were prescient.

This year, the award-winning residential enclave northeast of Scottsdale is celebrating its 45th anniversary. The community encompasses more than 980 custom-built homes, 36 holes of parkland-style golf, a par-3 course, world-class practice facilities, a community center and clubhouse, tennis, pickleball, hiking/walking trails, fitness center, and other amenities.

And plenty of sunshine.



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