RIO VERDE… Golf and A Whole Lot
Rio Verde is an active community. There is an almost endless list of ‘things to do’ on any given day. There is so much to choose from that it’s said “Rio Verde is best described as an adult day camp”. Whether your interest is golf, tennis, hiking, bicycling, swimming, painting, playing bridge, reading/book clubs, wood carving, or volunteer work… just to name a few activities… there is always something to do.
Adult communities have a unique benefit to homeowners which is lower real estate property taxes. Rio Verde residents do not pay school property tax which offers a considerable savings to homeowners. With this tax savings there are a few qualifications for adult community status.
- An adult community may not have permanent residents under the age of 19.
- At least eighty percent of the primary homeowners must be age 55 or older. (At this time only 6% of the community is under the age 55 requirement.)
Both of the Rio Verde golf courses, Quail Run and White Wing, are park-style with wide fairways and lots of grass providing an oasis setting in the middle of the desert. The topography is gently sloping so that walking the course is certainly an option to many golfers.
In 2006, Rio Verde Country Club members voted to renovate both golf courses. Following a redesign by The Tom Lehman Design Group reconstruction of Quail Run began in April 2007 and was completed later the same year. Quail Run has matured beautifully. The greens are especially challenging with new undulation and roll.
The final phase of the renovation, White Wing, is complete and open for play. The renovation committee conducted weekly tours which kept the membership informed and built the excitement for the completed project. For details of the renovation go to the Country Club website at www.rioverdecc.com
The Country Club website also details the dining facilities; The Copper Room and the Pub. Our personal recommendation is the chicken pot pie on Wednesday or the prime rib and crab cakes on Saturday night! The Pub is a wonderful gathering place for happy hour. You can enjoy old friends and meet your new neighbors throughout the season.
All residents are social members of the Country Club with access to the dining operations and numerous social events. Initiation and Annual fees apply for unlimited access to the championship golf courses, golf associations with numerous organized weekly events. Please contact the Country Club directly for up to date pricing.
Many residents drive personal golf carts which are garaged at their homes; making the golf experience even more pleasant. The Country Club also rents golf carts on a daily basis.
The Rio Verde Community Association provides and maintains two swimming pools, a spa, two pickle ball courts, six tennis courts and the Community Center building. The Community Center houses a modern fitness center, computer learning center, library, art studio, dance studio and multi-function rooms for everything from exercise and yoga classes to cards, games, lectures and parties. The administration offices are also located here.
The Community Association is self managed and directed by a fifteen member board of volunteers. Please contact The HOA (Home Owner Association) directly for up to date annually dues pricing which include providing and maintaining the facilities listed above as well as the common areas, streets and trash removal.
You can learn more about the Association and the many on-going Rio Verde events by going to their website www.rioverdehoa.org
CRC – Community Relations Committee
The ladies of the CRC are always working on projects that enhance the quality of life for Rio Verde residents. Their many activities include:
- Organizing baby furniture for visiting grandchildren
- The Bake and Craft Sale
- The annual Health Walk
- The bi-annual Home Tour
- Welcome Coffees
- The Salad Supper
- Monthly Verde Women’s Luncheon
- Annual Fashion Show
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Plant Sale
- Christmas decorating, Santa Party and Santa home delivery
The CRC conducts numerous fund raisers throughout the year. Proceeds from their efforts have purchased exercise equipment, outdoor furniture for the pool and Country Club patio, a piano for the Country Club gallery, landscape projects and many more worthwhile community improvements.
The CRC embodies our community spirit and is a wonderful organization for new residents. CRC activities are a great way to get involved and meet your new neighbors.
Habitat for Humanity
Rio Verde and Tonto Verde residents have built numerous houses through the Habitat for Humanity program. All construction funds are raised from the people of the Verdes. From November through April a group of dedicated workers spend one day per week constructing a home for a well-deserving family. At the completion of each home the group reports a feeling of accomplishment and that friendships have been strengthened.
The Hiking Club organizes a monthly hike to an area park. Local historian, Robert (Bob) Mason often participates and shares stories of fact and lore. Since 1984, a regular hiking program has been offered from November through
April to spread appreciation of the Sonoran Desert and its many spectacular plants and animals.
Numerous bridge groups meet throughout Rio Verde. Some of the groups include casual bridge, couples bridge and mixed group bridge. These are all great ways to get to know many of the residents in Rio Verde and to also have fun while doing so.
Rio Verde’s community news letter is published twice a month on the second and fourth Fridays to inform residents of accomplishments, social issues and fun activities being offered in Rio Verde. You can also find the Road runner on line by clicking here.
Community Association Bulletin Board
Stop into the Community Association and find out what is going on any time of year. There is always something fin posted on the bulletin board across from the office window.
Community Association’s Weekly News Letter
Once a week, the Community Association sends out a newsletter including events happening throughout the community.
Community Association’s Events Calendar
For a quick update on all of the events happening in Rio Verde, go on-line to Rio Verde Community Association’s website where you can find the latest fun activity by week or month.
Click on the link for a list of activities: Rio Verde Events Calendar
Post Office Bulletin Board
Updates on events and activities are available on the Post Office bulletin board near the entrance.
Change your television to channel 99 and you will find a rotation of several activities and special events happening within the community.
Country Club E-mail Newsletter
The Rio Verde Country Club provides e-mail blasts including food specials at the Copper Room and the Pub. The e-mail also includes special tee times for those who are interested.
PLACES OF INTEREST
The Rio Verde Church exemplifies community spirit by sharing the Sanctuary. On Sunday the Protestant services is held at 8:30 am, then the Catholic service begins at 10:00 am.
The Church provides additional outreach to the community through Stephen Ministry and other programs. Seminars, concerts and movies are made available to the entire community.
Rio Verde is fortunate to have a local post office. Daily mail is distributed through post office boxes. A few years ago a proposition suggested the community begin home delivery. A majority of the residents voted to keep main distribution at the post office. Most residents enjoy stopping by the post office because it’s an excellent opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbors. The daily main run becomes another social event.
The library is located inside the Community Center building. Residents can relax while ready the Wall Street Journal, checking out puzzles and games or just sitting back and enjoying the amazing Mazatzal and Four Peaks mountain views. Over the years residents have donated approximately 5,000 books. Volunteers keep the books organized and readily available. The books are on an honor system to residents and guests. CD’s and DVD’s are also available for check-out through the Association office.
If you need a gallon of milk, loaf of bread or tank of gas you can stop by the Village Green. The little store often saves residents a drive into the supermarket at Fountain Hills or Scottsdale. Recently the Village Green has become a gathering place for coffee drinking and problem solving. Community men discuss solutions to a number of situations – local and global – early each weekday morning.