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Q: How long has Gila County Constable Eddie Armer been playing Santa Claus, and why does he keep doing it?

A: Armer has been playing Santa for 43 years.

"I was 16 when I did my first one," he said. "The most unusual appearance was when Santa arrived on water skis in Lake Havasu. I was only 30 then."

Armer says the hardest part of being Santa is the sad stories kids sometimes tell him.

Why does he keep doing it?

"I have a job that's very serious and not very pleasant sometimes," Armer said. "Being Santa is God's gift of joy to me."

Q: Why are the prices so high at Payson Golf Course when we can go to Heber and Flagstaff and play on topnotch courses for half the price?

A: The Heber course is only nine holes, Payson Golf Course owner Harry Parsons said.

"I don't know what course in Flagstaff they're talking about, but our fees are very close to the public course there," Parsons said.

In the winter, it costs $12 for nine holes and $24 for 18 at Payson Golf Course. Summer rates are $15 and $29. Optional cart rental is $14 and $22.

By comparison, the nonresident greens fee for municipal courses in Phoenix is $29, he said.

What a lot of people don't realize is that Payson Golf Course is not a municipal course.

"We sometimes have to price a little above what municipal courses charge because we have to pay taxes," he said.

Payson Golf Course is normally open year-round, but a Northern Gila County Sanitary District sewer line project has temporarily shut down nine holes.

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