Rim Club Opens 18-Hole Course


To much fanfare, the Rim Golf Club located just east of Payson opened Saturday giving our community two of the most prestigious golf courses in Arizona.

Located directly across Highway 260 with its sister course, Chaparral Pines, The Rim Golf Club is a par 71 layout that stretches from 5,212 and 7,193 yards.

Designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the course was two years in the making and is expected to soon begin drawing nationwide raves. Both were on hand Saturday to provide tours of the 18 holes laid out over 500 acres of the most panoramic property in Arizona.

Full-equity memberships come with an eye-popping $75,000 price tag. But that's not all: members must also purchase lots which range from $125,000 to more than $700,000.

At those lofty prices, it's not likely that many locals will be moving in.

The Payson Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will host its annual banquet beginning at 5 p.m. July 24 in the Mazatzal Casino. The banquet will be able to accommodate 250 and tickets are going fast, organizers say.

Tickets priced at $85 per couple and $55 for singles are available. The admission price also includes a membership in the RMEF organization and a subscription to Bugle magazine.

Call Emily Depugh at 474-9120 for tickets or more information about RMEF.

Nine-hole group
Several members of the Payson Women's Golf Association "Niners" traveled to scenic Oak Creek Country Club in Sedona last week to participate in the Roadrunner Classic Invitational Tournament.

A trio of Payson representatives did well. Rose Devar took first place in the third flight and Pat Marvel was first in the fourth flight.

Ruby Billerbeck was runner-up behind Devar in the third flight.

Bull riding
Some of the best bull riders in the sport of rodeo will be in Payson June 25 and 26 to participate in the Mazatzal Professional Bull Riding Challenge, presented by the Tonto Apache Tribe and Mazatzal Casino.

The Mazatzal Challenge features 50 bull rides per day, including finals at each of the 7:30 p.m. performances. Admission to the bull riding to be held in the Payson Rodeo Grounds is $15 per person. Tickets are available at the casino gift shop and at the gate.

Crafty Kids Club
The Town Parks and Recreation Department will host a Crafty Kids Club in which participants will create handmade crafts including a T-shirt of their own. This one-week class meets Monday through Thursday, July 12 to 15 or July 19 to 22. Ages 4-6, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; ages 7-10, 10:30 am. to noon.

Registration is $25 per child which includes all project materials.

Enrollment is limited to 10 children per class and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration runs until the end of this week at the Parks and Rec office at Green Valley Park.

For more information, call Beth Kreider at 474-5242, ext. 272.

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