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Rio Verde Country Club welcomes new director of golf

Rio Verde, Ariz. (August 18, 2022) – Rio Verde Country Club recently welcomed Jake Hanson as the club’s new Director of Golf. Hanson will oversee all golf operations for the 36-hole private club located in Rio Verde, Ariz., just east of Scottsdale and managed by Troon Privé.

Hanson has 10 years of golf industry experience, having most recently served as the head golf professional at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Washington. Prior to Inglewood, Hanson was the head golf professional at Mill Creek Country Club in Mill Creek, Wash. His background also includes time at Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club in Union, Wash. and Sand Point County Club in Seattle.

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“The team and I are excited about welcoming Jake to the club,” said Anthony Paino, general manager, Rio Verde Country Club. “His background and skill set are an exact match with what we were looking for in this key role.  I’m grateful for the members of the Pro Search Committee, all who dedicated a lot of time to the search, interviews and selection; and for Jason Boaz with the PGA’s ExecuSearch program, for taking us through the whole process.  I believe we got the very best candidate for the job.”

Hanson graduated from Washington State University in 2005 with a degree in English. Prior to his college graduation, Hanson enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2004, and was a commissioned as an officer in 2006 where he was a platoon commander, executive officer and assistant battalion operations officer for the 3rd battalion, 11th Marine Regiment. After completing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jake separated from the Marine Corp in June 2010 having achieving the rank of Captain. In 2011, Hanson attended the Golf Academy of America in Chandler, Ariz., where he earned an Associate Degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management and certificates in teaching, club building/repair, general management and tournament operations. In 2014, he became a PGA Certified Professional after earning a certificate in Golf Operations, an achievement that only two percent of PGA’s 27,000 members have earned. 

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

About Rio Verde Community and Country Club
Located between the eastern foothills of the McDowell Mountains and the Tonto National Forest, Rio Verde Country Club is a private 36-hole golf club in Rio Verde, Ariz. and is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. 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. With its low taxes, competitive real estate prices and tranquil location, Rio Verde appeals to primary and vacation homeowners.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 and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 750-plus locations, including 725-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. 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 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf, ICON Management Services and ClubUp. For additional news and information, visit

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