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Rio Verde applauds membership drive


Rio Verde, Ariz. (September 9, 2019) – As Rio Verde Country Club’s new Membership Certificate Program enters its third month, the promotion continues to be an unequivocal success for new members and the club. To date, nearly two dozen new members have taken advantage of the program, which offers discounts on initiation fees based on when the membership certificate is redeemed.


The Membership Certificate Program began in July as current Rio Verde Country Club members were each given a certificate to issue to a potential new member of their choice. If a recipient joined before July 31, 2019, they received a full $12,500 off their initiation fee, paying zero to join the club. In August, the offer moved to $10,000 off their initiation fee, which meant paying $2,500 to join the club. The promotion continues through September ($7,500 off) and October ($6,000 off). As part of the program, new members must agree to a two-year dues commitment and begin paying club dues the month after joining.

“The clubhouse renovation turned out beautifully and has members and the surrounding community buzzing about the club,” said David Benham, Rio Verde Country Club’s new membership director. “Since we introduced the Membership Certificate Program in July, we’ve had a ton of interest from prospective members in Fountain Hills and the surrounding area. With two months to go in the promotion, there’s still time for others to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Located between the eastern foothills of the McDowell Mountains and the Tonto National Forest, Rio Verde Country Club recently completed a multi-million dollar clubhouse renovation project. The club’s restaurant, kitchen and pro shop we’re all reimagined and upgraded. The 47-year old club now proudly offers its members and guests the Box Bar Grille at Rio Verde – named after the Box Bar Ranch which Rio Verde sits on today. In addition, Russ Lowther, formerly of Des Moines Country Club, was recently hired to lead the food and beverage operations at Rio Verde Country Club.

Since mid-2016 when Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, was hired to manage Rio Verde Country Club, more than 150 new members have joined the club.

Members who reside in the Rio Verde community enjoy unlimited access to dining and events, 36-holes of parkland-style golf, a driving range, three putting greens, bunker/chipping complex, tennis, pickleball, swimming, fitness, bocce, and dozens of special interest clubs. Full membership is also available to non-residents and provides unlimited access to tee times, golf events, and dining. There are no food and beverage minimums or trail fees (non-residents receive complimentary use of the club’s carts), and Full Members also receive preferred access and rates to private, resort and daily fee clubs around the world through Troon. Troon Privé Privileges offers tee times at participating Troon Privé-managed private clubs for just $35 to $55 per round. Troon Advantage provides tee times at participating Troon Golf-managed resort and daily-fee clubs at a rate guaranteed to be 15 percent off the lowest published price. Day Pass access to other amenities such as fitness, spa, tennis, pickleball and more is also available through both programs.

For more information about Rio Verde, visit or call 877-746-8373.

About Rio Verde Community and Country Club
Rio Verde is located in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains at the edge of the Tonto National Forest. Its low taxes, competitive real estate prices and tranquil location appeal to primary and vacation homeowners. The award-winning, country club development features a clubhouse and community center, 36 holes of parkland-style golf, a par-3 course and world-class practice facilities, tennis, swimming, pickleball, fitness center, bocce, special events, clubs, and other amenities. Comprised of custom-built homes, townhomes and villas in a wide range of prices, Rio Verde is a low-density, master-planned enclave with large lots highlighted by golf course, mountain or desert views.

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 460 locations around the globe, including managing 510 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit

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