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Rio Verde Country Club welcomes new director of agronomy

Rio Verde Country Club welcomes new director of agronomy

Rio Verde, Ariz. (June 12, 2023) – Rio Verde Country Club, located just east of Scottsdale in Rio Verde, Ariz., recently welcomed John Hardin as the club’s new Director of Agronomy. Hardin will oversee the private club’s agronomy team and maintenance of Rio Verde Country Club’s two 18-hole championship golf courses, Quail Run and White Wing, plus its golf practice area.

Hardin has 20-plus years of experience in the golf industry, including multiple years as an assistant golf professional. After receiving certification in turf management from Mount San Jacinto Community College in San Jacinto, Calif. in 2008, he served as an assistant superintendent at Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Club in Moreno Valley, Calif. for two years. In 2010, he became head superintendent at Moreno Valley Ranch. In 2018, he moved to Arizona to become superintendent at Oro Valley Country Club in Tucson. He most recently served as the golf course superintendent at Omni Tucson National, former home of the PGA TOUR Champions’ Cologuard Classic.  

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“We’re excited to welcome Director of Agronomy John Hardin to the leadership team,” said Rio Verde Country Club General Manager and Chief Operating Officer Anthony Paino. “John’s background is a great fit for Rio Verde, and his skillset is the right mix of leadership, agronomy, and technical proficiency.  The Board of Directors and I are confident in his ability to succeed in his endeavors to increase the quality and presentation of the White Wing and Quail Run golf courses while taking care of his substantial golf course maintenance team, facility, and assets.”

Born in Redlands, Calif., Hardin grew up in Yucaipa, Calif. and started playing golf at age 12 – he has been hooked ever since. He currently has a two index and enjoys playing whenever he can. When not playing golf or maintaining golf courses, Hardin enjoys boating on Arizona’s waterways and spending time with his wife, Danielle, and his three boys.

“I look forward to serving in my new role as Director of Agronomy at Rio Verde Country Club,” said Hardin. “This is a lifetime opportunity for me and my family and I am thrilled to offer my professionalism and expertise to the club. I get to take care of what I get to play on.”

Rio Verde Country Club is professionally managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. 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 770-plus locations, including 760-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, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf and ICON Management. For additional news and information, visit

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