Rio Rico Resort & Country Club
Playing conditions are much improved since January, and the course desighn is one of the best
I was at Rio Rico in Jan. and saw pictures of what the course looked like in Oct., when the current mgmt team took over. The course had almost been overtaken by the elements and had been restored to a playable condition. I returned in April and was very pleased with the improved conditions and playability of the course. Rio Rico is one of the best designed courses I have ever played, and I've held a single digit index for over 45 years. Challenging yet fair. I think its imprtant that players use the correct tee box according to their ability, to maintain pace of play, though I played 3 days in well under 4 hrs. can't wait to return in June, when i believe the course will be a true 5 star golf resort.
My review of the Golf Now web design is not so good. Every time I click outside the review box, say to respond to an IM, I lose everything and need to start over from scratch. Golf Now please address this.
April 6, 2013
OK, but could easily be great!
No golf marshall to help with the pace of play. Older gentlemen playing from the wrong tee made this game unbearably long. DIDN'T ANYONE TELL THEM ABOUT PLAYING IT FORWARD?
Staff in the shop were great. Greens were coming along, need water and time, Tee boxes were so/so. Red were nothing more than sand and weed, but playable. Still challenging and loads of potential. Marshalls need to speed up the play.
April 3, 2013
Getting back in shape!
I Have been a member at RRGC for ten years now. From 2005-2008 the course was pristine and lush. Over the past few years this beautiful layout was completly neglected. It was absoluty horrible! Since the new management came in this year I have seen a tremendous changes in the conditions and the way things are run. I reluctantly joined the club again this year and to my amazement the new guys completly surpassed my expectations.
It is still going to take time to get the greens, teeboxes and fairways back to the way they were but be patient I truly believe it is going to happen.
The people that are writting negative reviews really do not understand how much improvement has taken place.
Give it a try!
March 30, 2013
Robert Trent jones would be embarrassed
Everything needs work, greens, fairways. Winter kill? Financial kill?
March 30, 2013
Good Robert Trent Jones layout, but needs extensive regrow in fairways & greens
IT'S ALL THERE, but needs to be brought back to what Robert Trent Jones had intended. i.. Re-seeding is needed in many spots. Some greens have lost their original shape and need to be brought back (ie.Nos. 7&9) and green surrounds need to be developed to improve the pitching game. Ladies tees are really in need of a lot of work. This might sound too critical ,but if my suggestions are done, this course would be a 5 star course.
March 27, 2013
Good course design; terrible condition
Though the course design is good, the condition was absolutly terrible. Tee boxes, fairways, bunkers, and greens need a whole lot of work. Very good on-line price made the outing tolerable. Will not play this course again.
March 24, 2013
Pretty rough around the edges but could be a really nice course. Greens were really slow compared to what we have been playing.
March 24, 2013
Good round of golf.
The staff was very friendly and accommodating. This is a very good course. It is overly dry, needs irrigation.
March 23, 2013
Huge improvement in course since we started playing down there in January. They are really putting time, effort and money into improving the course.
Farways and greens are improving weekly. Some fairways a little bare. Greens have shown the biggest improvement since January. They have gone from being barely green and mostly sand to rolling fairly consistantly. The course is on an even par with most of the Green Valley courses (except the Haven which is in great shape) and much better than the Ignacios, North and South. We enjoy playing there and it is a good value for the money.
March 23, 2013
good layout -- course needs attention
I realize that it is still spring. However, I have played several other courses in the area this month and found the overall condition of most courses to be in better condition; especially the greens. The fairways had been aerated and possibly seeded but the condition was still not too good. The price for green fees was comparable with the other courses in the general area. The Trent Jones layout was nice and I may play this course again if the general course maintenance improves.
March 22, 2013
Not too Bad...BUT...
The layout was fun! Slightly challenging but playable!! Course was not in the best of shape...Would recommend playing it once but try to catch it when in it is in good shape. Was not bad, just felt more like a city course than a resort course, plus tack on the drive, one would be better served playing Canoa/Quail Creek/Torres Blances or even the Haven...
March 18, 2013
challenging , especially in the wind
Over all course very green however fairways so hard one can not take a divot, greens are very shaggy, need to be cut.
More water is needed to soften the fairways.
Price on Golf Now was right. Not worth any more.
March 16, 2013
Thin lies on fairway. Bumpy greens. Lots of roll.
Fairway grass still has not filled in and is sparse in areas. Conssequently, be prepared to hit off of thin lies and to have your ball roll a long way on drives or long irons, sometimes so much you roll into trouble.. Greens need attention as well. There are bumpy areas on almost all greens, Putts will waver on the way to the hole.
March 15, 2013
Good value for the price paid
Course is in OK condition, but we didn't pay top dollar, and felt what we got was a good value for what we paid. Course is long and worth the drive. Every hole is interesting.
March 4, 2013
Usually a fun course, some easy holes and some difficult.
I play this course perhaps 4-5 times each winter. This year the course is not in its usual good condition. Both fairways and greens were thin of grass and fairly dried out. The staff, however, was very good, and the round was a decent bargain, especially because lunch and drink were a part of the green fees. I probably will not play the course again this winter, so I hope the course is in better condition next winter.
March 3, 2013
poor course conditions
This course has great potential it was fun to play it has a great restaurant and proshop staff was very good if I lived closer I would play again but in the shape it is in not worth the 1:30 hr drive.
February 28, 2013
Robert T Jones design. Well placed traps.
Course used to be in better shape. Fairways/traps below average. Apparently they "lost" some greens last year, so they have been overseeding/watering to bring back. Greens used to be fast/true/smooth. Now bumpy, slower. Too bad.
February 26, 2013
This course was well designed for the terrain but has not been well maintained reducing its enjoyability.
Maintenance needs to learn some very basic things like how to install the cups on the green - several were raised from the putting surface. Greens were rough and were in desperate need of care and attention.
February 21, 2013
Great lay out, I love the dog legs. greens need work and someone to keep play moving
Play was a little slow ,some foursomes had holes open infront of them and didn't allow others to play thru . The greens are still in rough shape but getting better. This is still a fun course to play and will play again.
February 19, 2013
course is vastly improved from a year ago verry nine
in the last several years the couse has been alowed to deteriorate but new it is beeing improved it should soon be back to the course of old. (really good ) on our reservation lunch was included, a good lunch so it makes this a great value
February 18, 2013
tough from the black tees
Course is in good overall conditon and the greens were very good. Love the layout!
February 18, 2013
Recovery of this very good classic course not yet complete.
This course is a great Robert Trent Jones Sr classic design. I played it often over the years. However, it was neglected last year and deteriorated significantly. New owner seems committed to bringing it back but started too late to make it really playable this winter. I recommend waiting until next fall to ay it. I sure hope it comes back!
February 17, 2013
This course is making an amazing recovery!
Since new owners took over last fall the greens have been improving steadily, the fairways are great, the sand traps well-cared for and the friendly staff with a nice restaurant/bar make for a very enjoyable golf experience.
February 16, 2013
The course in coming back after being neglected but the staff is courteous and helpful.
The course has some challenging holes but some of the women's tee's are all sand. The staff is working hard to bring it back into condition.
February 9, 2013
Nice layout but poor condition
The greens were pitted and bumpy the tee boxes were muddy around them from watering during the day and very thin grass on them. Glad we got a deal I would hate to think we would pay over $25 per until conditions improve. Would not take guest there unless it was a real good deal. We just considered it a practice round. The two groups in front of us (from Minnesota) were very slow and had one behind us hitting into us as we were walking off the 9th green don't know where he thought he was going we were waiting on every tee box! There is NO excuse for that it's just stupid! Played horrable on the back between the slow pokes in front of us and anxious behind us..
February 8, 2013
Nice course with many sand traps.
I enjoyed playing the course. With so many sand traps and water in play, it makes for a challenging but very fun day.
February 8, 2013
Lunch was great
A geart design is very good, esp the first nine last 4 holes. Condition was not good, overseed has not taken hold fully yet. In March it will be much better, they are trying hard to bring it up to speed. Greens on the front nine were not cut, but the back side was. I would not play there again till March. The free lunch was great
February 7, 2013
Give it a couple of months and with warmer temps, this course will be back in great shape.
The management is working hard to bring this great course back to it's original condition. The sand traps are full of new fine grain sand and the trap edges are being cleaned up. The fairways are good now and will be better when the temps get into the 80's and above. The greens are bumpy and slow now, but given time I am sure they will be back to their speedy and smooth conditions. Give it a try and I'm sure you will enjoy it.
February 5, 2013
This course was fun to play.
This course is not in as good condition as it was 20 years ago. It does appear as if they are trying to get it into better condition.
February 2, 2013
Great layout in beautiful area.
Love course. Greens need lot of work. Should not allow 5somes.
February 1, 2013