The Rim Golf Course
300 E Rim Club Dr.
Payson, AZ 85541
The Rim Golf Course offers a golf experience like no other. Thanks to Payson's mild climate, avid golfers can relish year-round golf and enjoy true four-season playability. Towering ponderosa pines, spectacular views, and massive rock formations all complement the course, the ultimate championship collaboration of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. Situated at an elevation of 5000 feet, The Rim offers a challenging golf experience for all levels of golf play. This beautiful course can be played from 5,200 to 7,200 yards, with forested fairways woven through dramatic rock outcroppings and the largest stand of Ponderosa pines in the country. The natural elevations and native vegetation enhance the strategic challenge of the hazards, with water coming into play on six holes. Best of all, the course continually frames the breathtaking splendor of the Rim Country, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forest on every hole.
"Playability" is the hallmark of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish Golf Course designs and is the number one priority of The Rim golf course. According to Weiskopf-Morrish principles, a great course must be enjoyable for players of every level. Each hole must create a risk and challenge, and every hole should reward a well-planned and executed golf shot. True to their legacy, The Rim is their final and ultimate collaboration. Mr. Weiskopf states: "The twelve finest consecutive holes Jay and I ever designed are here at The Rim Club, starting with hole number 7." Your personal golf experience is designed to meet your interests and skills. It’s easy to meet other golfers and make new friends through various weekly golf play days for both men and women. Or, the professional golf staff will connect you with other members of similar playing level. It’s easy to make your own tee times on our online tee sheet. You can reserve up to two weeks in advance. Our practice facility opens an hour minutes before the first tee time, and remains open throughout the day. You can hone your skills on the driving range, sand bunkers, or chipping area…and work on your putting on our 9 hole putting course. Enjoy the clear blue skies and fresh air as your perfect your wedge shots - - and watch bald eagles soaring over the club!
If competition is what drives you, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to test yourself throughout the year. From casual holiday tournaments to interclub play to our men’s, women’s, and couples’ club championships…competitive play is available at all levels. Our men’s invitational, The Showdown, and women’s invitational, The Challenge in the Pines, frame the summer portion of the golf season. These events provide an outstanding opportunity to share friendly Rim Club hospitality and our beautiful course with your favorite golf buddy, while you build new friendships that will last a lifetime.
Enjoy playing with your spouse on the weekend? We set aside the first hour of tee times on Sundays to enable twosomes to spend time together and get around the course easily. No need to play through larger groups, just keep up with the two players in front of you, while you enjoy spectacular scenery and the whisper of the wind in the pines.
Do you treasure the scenery and fresh air as you walk the golf course? A number of our members do as well, and walk every time they play. Other members prefer the convenience of driving a golf cart. We offer daily rental of carts, as well as annual cart rental plans. Once you become a resident of The Rim Club, you may want to purchase a cart - a preferred mode of transportation within The Rim Club’s private gate – and take advantage of our one of our trail fee packages for unlimited golf and use of your private cart.
- Ranked #1 - Golf Week Magazine Best Golf Community West of the Carolinas (2014)
- Ranked #2 - Golf Week's Best Residential Golf Courses in Arizona (2017)
- Ranked #9 - Golf Digest's Top Venues in Arizona (2015-2016)
- Ranked #16 - Golf Week's Best Residential Golf Courses in America (2017)
- Ranked #24 - Golf Week's Best Public and Private Residential Courses in the Country (2020)
Additional Golf Opportunities with Your Membership
The Rim Golf Membership comes with full golfing privileges at our sister club, The Golf Club at Chaparral Pines. Located directly across Highway 260 in Payson, Chaparral Pines’ private championship golf course is an 18-hole, par-72 masterpiece designed by former U.S. Open and PGA Champion David Graham and noted Scottsdale-based architect Gary Panks.
Chaparral Pines offers a different golf experience than The Rim Club. Narrower fairways and more undulating greens will challenge you to hit more targeted golf shots - - while still enjoying unbelievable mountain views, the shade of towering pine trees, and the serenity that a only private mountain golf course can provide.
Stone Canyon Club, located in Oro Valley north of Tucson, offers a desert complement to The Rim Club. Carved into the Tortolitos Mountains, Stone Canyon delivers many of the same benefits: a spectacular setting, an immaculately conditioned golf course, and fabulous vistas of the Catalina Mountains. As a Rim Club member, you can play Stone Canyon year-round, and pay only a cart fee.
The Rim Golf Club is an Ideal Venue For Your Next Golf Tournament
Looking for a venue for your next company outing, charity golf tournament, or incentive outing? The Rim Golf Club offers the perfect venue with all the amenities of our private clubhouse and professional catering staff. The amazing Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish designed Championship Golf Course would impress and/or reward the best clients and staff. Contact us to create a special experience for your executive team, employees, donors, or key clients. We can assure you of a memorable, unique event in Arizona’s undiscovered Rim Country.
Hole #1: The Rim
The bunker on the left is farther than it looks (308 yards from the back tee) and is the ideal target for a well-struck drive. The concave-shaped fairway will kick your ball back to the center for a short approach shot to the green. Get your short game dialed in for this well-protected, postage-stamp-sized, elevated putting surface.
Hole #2: The Forest
A tee shot to the right center of the fairway, tracing through a narrow stand of Ponderosa Pines, offers the best angle into the green, which is guarded by a bunker front and left. Reach for an extra club on the approach shot to clear the bunker.
Hole #3: Friendly Glen
You may be tempted to cut the corner on this dogleg left par 4, but beware of the pair of bunkers on the left. Although there is plenty of fairway past them, the safer play is to the right, where the fairway slopes to the center. This leaves you with a mid- to short-iron approach shot to a large, heavily bunkered elevated green.
Hole #4: The Saddle
Take an extra club to ensure that you carry the ravine that separates the tee and the green, and to conquer the slight uphill slope. If you're hitting into the wind, you may need to hit even more. A large green makes even a slightly errant tee shot playable.
Hole #5: Decision Pine
A solid tee shot will take you to the pinched waist of the fairway to confront the bunker that guards the green. Or a perfect stroke of daring can take you in the back way on the left, over the ravine and onto a thumb of fairway. From here, you can defeat the bunker.
Hole #6: Yerba Senta
Aim for the fairway bunker off the tee and place your second shot to the left side for a good look at the pin. Don't even think about reaching this one in two. It's all uphill after the drive and there's a bunker about 50 yards in front of the green.
Hole #7: Pine Stream
A downhill tee shot, prevailing wind and increased ball flight at 5,000 feet make this par 4 play shorter than it looks. Favor the right side of the fairway off the tee for the best angle to the green. Be aware of the winding stream that cuts across the fairway from the left side at about 300 yards from the back tee.
Hole #8: Primeval
The longest par 3 on the course demands a forced carry over a mountain lake to a receptive bank to the right of the green. With an enormous putting surface (44 yards in depth), correct club selection is crucial to a good score.
Hole #9: Genius Loci
Fairway bunkers left and a lake to the right provide many hazards, as does a forced carry over a stream from the tee. But a solid drive will set you up for a straight shot at an elevated split-level green. Leave it on the front edge and chances are your ball will roll back down the hill fronting the green.
Hole #10: Elk Trail
Aim over the bunker to the left side of the fairway on this downhill tee shot. Keep in mind that the farther you go left to avoid the water, the more difficult the second shot. Play the right center of the fairway for the best shot at the green, which is large enough to keep a long iron or fairway wood on the dance floor.
Hole #11: Double Ravine
This hole requires a long drive to a tight, rolling fairway. A ravine offers trouble to the right of the fairway landing area, while a tee shot left center will still leave a long iron or fairway wood to the green, which is well bunkered. If you lay-up, be sure to play to the right side to take advantage of the fairway that slopes left.
Hole #12: Perilous
This is the shortest hole on the course. If you don't place a premium on short-iron accuracy it could be hazardous to your score. Take enough club to avoid the "false-fronted" green and be prepared for a short-game test, as the undulating putting surface is surrounded by deep bunkers.
Hole #13: Spirit Hollow
This is one of the most memorable par 5s in the Southwest because of its awe-inspiring, 80-foot greenside boulders. Long hitters, who may reach it in two, can play the tee shot over the right side of the boulder. Shorter players should aim just right of the fairway bunker.
Hole #14: Boulder to Boulder
The safe route is to the right, but you can hit your drive left over a blind rise for a downhill approach that skirts the hazards. A second shot from the top of the tabletop requires a demanding carry of about 160 yards over a lake.
Hole #15: Prestwick
It's imperative to be in the fairway on this hole, named for the course where designer Tom Weiskopf won the 1973 British Open. The smart play off the tee is a fairway wood or a long iron over the right-side bunker, setting up your approach to the elevated green, which is well bunkered and runs away to the back.
Hole #16: Monument Valley
Long hitters can drive it past the fairway bunkers from this elevated tee, but be sure to favor the left side, as your ball will kick right. To play it safe, hit a long iron or fairway wood short of the bunker, which will give you a good angle to the green, guarded on the left by two towering Ponderosa Pines.
Hole #17: The Glade
The last par 3 plays into a left to right crosswind and is slightly uphill, so you may need an extra club. The green is large, but well bunkered, except on the back right, which offers a grassy downhill slope to collect errant tee shots. Hole placement here often determines the score.
Hole #18: Valhalla
Valhalla requires a forced carry from a stand of pines to a flat landing area bunkered left and right. This leaves a mid-iron approach to a putting surface guarded by a lake on the right. If you avoid the water and opt for the left side of the green, it could mean a difficult two-putt par if the hole is cut on the right side.