Local golfers who might not ordinarily have access to one of Arizona's most prestigious private courses -- The Golf Club at Chaparral Pines -- will be able to test its 18 holes by entering an upcoming tournament.
The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Mogollon Golf Classic, to be played May 24, is open to foursomes for the $200 per-player tournament fee.
However, with a 100-player limitation and local interest very high, prospective players should consider registering as soon as possible, Chamber of Commerce Fund-Raising Committee Chairman Will Dietz recommends.
"Indications are the tournament will be a sellout -- sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis." he said.
In playing Chaparral Pines, participants will be challenging a course that was jointly designed by David Graham and Gary Panks.
Each hole, Deitz said, "was constructed to provide panoramic views of the beautiful mountain setting."
He described the tournament as "golf at its best in the heart of the Rim country."
The annual golf tournament is one of the chief fund-raising events for the local chamber of commerce. The funds generated, chamber officials say, are used to "make Payson a better place to live and to do business by prompting the community's lifestyle, tourism and other economic activities."
As tournament director, Dietz has put together a unique set of rules in which the teams will not be determined until a blind draw at the end of the tournament.
According to Dietz, the entrants will play the course in foursomes as players A, B, C and D. At the end of the day, the golfers turn in their scorecards and await the drawing to find out who their partners will be for scoring purposes.
The foursome drawn from the hopper with the best combined score will be declared the winners.
The foursome an entrant plays the course with isn't necessarily a tournament partner when teams are drawn, Deitz said.
The tournament committee will also determine individual and team handicaps.
Other rules Deitz has settled on include a modified best ball scramble in which each team will select the best member tee box drive, then play their own ball from that point on.
The reasons for the format, Dietz said, is it will allow each member to experience the pleasures of playing the course at a pace that will be steady and without lengthy delays.
All other United States Golf Association rules apply.
Mulligans may be purchased at a maximum of two per player, but may not be used in the "hole in one," "longest drive," "closest to the pin," "inside the circle" or "longest putt" contests.
Sign up forms are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce offices located at 100 Main St. in Payson. The forms should be returned as quickly as possible and will not be accepted after March 25.
Call Janet Crane at the chamber office at 474-4515 for more information.