Nestled in Arizona’s spectacular Mogollon Rim Country, amid the largest stand of Ponderosa Pines in the nation, The Rim Golf Club is the ultimate golf experience in the southwestern United States. Serene and picturesque, rustic and romantic, The Rim Club is one of the nation’s premier gated golf course communities.
The relaxed ambiance of The Rim Club greets you upon your arrival. As you stroll toward the practice area to loosen up, a breathtaking expanse of high country panorama unfurls in front of you. Cool mountain air envelops you. Unbelievable blue skies glisten above you. You are reminded of Colorado, North Carolina, or Oregon — can this really be Arizona?
YES! And unbelievably, only 90 minutes proximity from Phoenix and Scottsdale! A stress-free, beautiful drive north out of the desert, through the Valley foothills, along the Maztazal Mountains takes you to the crest of the hill where you capture your first view of the majestic Mogollon Rim, shimmering in the distance at an altitude of 7000 feet. You’ve arrived in Payson, Arizona – – elevation 5000 feet.
Famed golf designers Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish were given first priority to create the finest golf course corridors on the forested property. The resulting lots are meticulously situated to take full advantage of incredible views, while maintaining privacy and seclusion. In fact, half of the 555 acre retreat remains in its natural state: shaded by towering Ponderosa Pines, providing haven for bald and golden eagles, ospreys, great blue herons, and much other wildlife.
Central Arizona offers the most beautiful four-season climate in the country. Summer temperatures are twenty degrees cooler than Phoenix in the day, followed by luscious cool summer evenings, perfect for sitting on your deck with friends. Fall lingers in the Mogollon Rim, with trees changing colors slowly alongside the golf course. Winter brings spectacular, sunny, crisp days and cold, clear nights; you’ve never seen a blanket of stars like you’ll see at The Rim! The Rim’s dry climate, clean air, and cloudless skies will invigorate you, whether you are here to retire, escape the Valley heat, or just enjoy a secluded refuge from the rest of the world.
Year-round golf is the order of the day, with the course groomed to tournament conditions daily. Yes, that’s right: The Rim is never closed for over-seeding! Our greens roll true for twelve months of the year, and are widely regarded as the best in state — if you are not too distracted by the remarkable views to concentrate on your putting, of course.
With expansive panoramic vistas, exceptional golf course design, and personalized attention to your golf experience, The Rim Golf Club delivers the very best lifestyle experience that Arizona has to offer!
The Rim Golf Club is one of the most extraordinarily beautiful Golf Communities in the Southwest. We offer true mountain golf at its finest. At an elevation of 5000 feet, The Rim provides year round tournament-condition golf play. We deliver to our exclusive membership and high-end clients an unparalleled special experience — from the course, to the clubhouse, to The Rim’s many other amenities.
Our private club offers uncompromising personal service, luxury comforts, and attention to detail that creates a lifetime of memories and forever experiences. A variety of memberships are available. As an added benefit, our members enjoy certain privileges at our other clubs, all in proximity to The Rim.
Are you looking for a uniquely elegant lifestyle, full of new friends, outdoor activities, and a spectacular golf course to call your own? You’ve found your new home club at The Rim!
Golf Membership offers full family access to The Rim Golf Club and The Golf Club at Chaparral Pines. Golf playing privileges are also extended at our companion club, The Stone Canyon Club in Oro Valley, Arizona. Property ownership is not required.
Golf Membership provides the unlimited privileges to extended family members, including parents, grandparents, children, and grandchildren. Membership includes access to the following top quality amenities:
Beyond use of the signature-designed golf courses, golf members enjoy full access to:
The Mountain Spa
Our onsite spa and fitness center provides an array of customized, personalized services, including:
Or just relax by our peaceful pool and hot tub, soaking up the warm Southwestern sun in winter, or our cool mountain breezes in the summer.
Our family-oriented fitness facility and pool creates an opportunity for all generations to enjoy health and fitness together:
The Clubhouse at The Rim and Chaparral Pines
Distinctive mountain architecture. Spectacular, far-ranging mountain views. Vanilla-scented Ponderosa Pines. Shaded, comfortable patios. Trickling streams surrounding luxurious golf greens. Warm, cozy fireplaces to gather round with friends. The relaxed ambiance of the Rim Country awaits you at The Rim Club and The Golf Club of Chaparral Pines.
Whether it’s a quick bite with your foursome after golf, a late afternoon cocktail on the deck to watch the sunset over the Granite Dells, or a fine dining feast with your family for a special occasion, you’ll find all needs, wants, and desires met at our two clubhouses.
Our Junior Golf Membership is designed for golfers under the age of 40 and offers full family access to The Rim Golf Club and The Golf Club at Chaparral Pines. Beyond use of the signature designed golf courses, golf members will enjoy full access to The Mountain Spa, The Trailhead, and the Clubhouses at The Rim and Chaparral Pines.
This membership extends privileges to the member’s spouse and children under the age of 22. Junior Golf Membership provides unlimited access all amenities included in the Full Golf Membership except golf privileges at The Stone Canyon Club.
Our new Discovery Golf Membership presents the opportunity to “Discover The Rim” firsthand with a limited-term membership at The Rim Golf Club. Discovery members enjoy three consecutive months of member privileges and benefits at The Rim including:
As a Mickelson Private Golf Corporate Member, you join an elite club of just 50 executives with VIP access to 200 rounds of golf across all of our participating courses. Even though this membership is exclusive, this amazing experience is available to anyone you want to invite: clients, coworkers, prospects, family, and friends.
This annual membership includes 200 rounds of golf to be used within one year at any of the golf clubs under ownership by The Rim Golf Club owners. At present, these properties are The Rim Golf Club, The Golf Club at Chaparral Pines, The Stone Canyon Club, McDowell Mountain Golf Club, and Palm Valley Golf Club. The user of the round has full access to all amenities of the respective club on the day of play.
Sports Membership enjoys full access to The Mountain Spa, The Trailhead, and the Clubhouses at The Rim and Chaparral Pines. This membership includes four (4) rounds of golf per year at The Rim Golf Club (some restrictions apply). This membership extends privileges to family members that include spouse and children under the age of 22. In addition, this membership provides unlimited access to the following amenities:
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.
Are you looking for a mountain golf lifestyle that is both casual… and luxurious? Rustic and elegant? Fun, yet refined?
Are you eager to play golf and enjoy outdoor activities year-round? Do you want to meet fun new people, while relaxing in a home that accommodates your family and all your friends? Would you like to get away from it all, but still have proximity to Scottsdale, Phoenix, and an international airport?
You can experience all of this – and more – at The Rim Golf Club. At our elevation of five thousand feet, you’ll revel in a mild four-season climate, featuring dry sunny winters and summer temperatures twenty degrees cooler than Phoenix. Surrounded by National Forest, our hometown of Payson offers a secluded, peaceful respite from the world…while still providing easy access to healthcare, grocery stores, and movie theatres, all within a five minute drive from The Rim’s gated entrance. An easy trip down all-weather Highway 87 brings you directly to Sky Harbor Airport, Scottsdale, or downtown Phoenix.
With just under 300 home sites on the property, The Rim offers an intimacy that many larger communities lack. Get to know your new neighbors at one our champagne welcome parties. Meet new golfing buddies at the driving range, or at weekly golf play days. Make friends at the fitness center and spa. Or just say hello to your neighbors as they walk Rim Club Drive, our scenic 3.5-mile loop through the community. You’ll find that the same things that appeal to you drew everyone here:
From The Rim Club, you can access any number of spectacular trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or ATV driving. Granite Dells Road provides quick entry to several loop trails that take you through towering, first-growth Ponderosa Pines and past rock formations that stand 20 stories tall! Views of the Stewart Mountains abound. Your dogs will enjoy the range of sights and scents as they experience the surrounding Tonto National Forest, while you breathe in our crisp, clean mountain air.
Various local hiking groups venture into the other mountain ranges that surround Payson, with three levels of hiking speeds available to accommodate all interested walkers. Whether it’s the Mazatzals to the south or up on the Mogollon Rim to north, there is a hike for every season.
Fishing of all kinds is available within an easy 45-minute drive. Roosevelt Lake is renowned for its trophy largemouth bass fishing, and is host to multiple fishing contests throughout the year. Smallmouth bass, crappie and channel catfish can be found as well. Atop the Mogollon Rim, numerous small quiet lakes offer anglers and fly fishermen opportunities for Rainbow and Brown trout, with record size fish caught frequently.
Hunting opportunities abound throughout northern Arizona. You can sign up to hunt elk, deer, bear, and mountain lion. Experienced local guides can help find trophy-quality wildlife.
Let’s say your adventure starts by scheduling a relaxing massage at The Mountain Spa and Fitness Center, followed by some time at the hot tub. No need to leave the property, you can walk or drive down in your golf cart. Order lunch by the peaceful pool and just relax.
Looking for more social activities? Various clubs are active at both The Rim and our sister property, Chaparral Pines:
It’s easy to meet people and make friends with similar interests.
Within a six-hour drive from Payson, you can experience:
Arizona is one of the most diverse and interesting states in the country. Sonoran Desert, mountain highlands, rolling rangeland, wind-carved canyons, and gorgeous cliff-framed lakes – all are within easy access from The Rim Golf Club’s gate.
Apart from the main clubhouse, situated amid the pines, a recreation retreat rounds out the full array of amenities available to members of The Rim Golf Club. The rustic Rim Country design of the fitness and sports center compliments the Clubhouse and creates a casual, comfortable place to enjoy a personal workout or relax with friends and family.
We believe that physical renewal and relaxation are an important part of an active lifestyle. Strengthen your muscles in the fitness center, lounge in the sunshine beside our outdoor pool or simply pamper yourself with a therapeutic massage and professional pedicure. Special features include:
As a Rim Member, you also share in all the amenities of our sister and neighboring community, Chaparral Pines. Chaparral Pines boasts a wide variety of recreational amenities and activities designed to please every member of the family. The eight-acre Trailhead Park offers complete recreational facilities, including: swimming, tennis, basketball, dog park, volleyball, a fitness center and an activities field. Barbecue and picnic areas overlook the children’s playground.
The Trailhead includes the following amenities:
The Rim Golf Club is conveniently located in Payson, Arizona, a beautiful 90-minute drive from Phoenix, Scottsdale, and most other Valley communities. Payson’s 5,000-foot elevation provides a pleasant four-season climate with an abundance of outdoor activities. Located in north-central Arizona and often called the “heart” of Arizona, Payson nestles comfortably at the base of the majestic Mogollon Rim – a 7,000 foot high, 200-mile long escarpment that stretches from north-central Arizona to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Mountains surround the town, with the rugged Mazatzal Mountains to the west, and the beautiful Stewart Range (Granite Dells, as they are know locally) to the south. The largest stand of ponderosa pines in the United States is found in the Tonto National Forest, enveloping Payson on all sides.
Water is a challenge for many Southwest communities, but Payson leadership has solved for that problem. The Blue Ridge Pipeline will bring water 14.5 miles off The Rim and directly to the Town. Rim Club ownership was prescient in securing a direct connection to the pipeline, ensuring golf course water supply without the worry of rising water rates, special golf assessments, or massive dues increases. Blue Ridge water also helps make the Town a highly desirable community in which to live, with a 100-year water supply assured.
You will feel like you are away from it all, but you will find everything you need within reach. The easy-going Town of Payson is a charming mountain community that fully embraces its rural Old West heritage, yet offers many of the amenities of a much larger community: world class healthcare facilities from the Banner Healthcare System; convenient shopping; a variety of restaurants; and movie theaters, all just minutes from The Rim Golf Club.
All-weather Arizona Highway 87 connects Payson directly to Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Sky Harbor International Airport. Four lanes of traffic-free cruising lifts you from the desert floor to the welcoming front door to Rim Country. You will enjoy spectacular scenic vistas, amazing rock formations, and a huge variety of vegetation as you climb up to 5,000 feet and our cool mountain town – – above the heat, below the snow!
Within an easy 90-minute drive from Payson, you can access the following attractions and activities:
Within a six-hour drive, you can explore these varied activities:
The Rim Clubhouse is the centerpiece of this spectacular community and serves as a gathering place for family and friends. From casual dining after a round of golf, to expertly prepared gourmet meals, to cocktails and conversation, dining options abound. In addition to exquisite dining, The Rim Clubhouse features a large patio and separate cocktail lounge where members can take in the setting sun overlooking our beautiful mountains and the elegant Ponderosa Pine Tonto National Forest.
The Magnificent Clubhouse at The Rim Golf Club is a revival of a 1880s frontier land baron’s manor. In fact, at 29,000 square feet, it is more like an enclave that includes its own Golf Shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and lounges.
Patio fountains and arched passageways guide you from one wing to the next. Its details are extraordinary, such as the mantle crafted from reclaimed Mississippi River timber or the art on the walls, commissioned specifically for the Clubhouse. Intimate private sitting areas in the courtyards, lounge, and dining areas mingle with grander galleries that still retain their personal scale.
The beautiful Arizona climate often inspires the staff to open the dining room’s 50-foot wall of windows to unveil the great slate terrace and rolling landscape beyond. Sink into one of the many easy chairs custom-designed for the Clubhouse and enjoy a cocktail while you take in the grandeur of the Mogollon Rim and Stewart Mountains.
If you’re staying for dinner, you can retreat to the dining room for a gourmet meal every bit as rewarding as The Rim’s spectacular views – or you can enjoy dining in our lounge or at the bar with incredible mountain views. The outdoor terrace overlooking the 18th green offers additional beauty of the surroundings, while the grand wrap around patio is for more private settings. All of these wonderful options are accented with its own fireplace.
As you finish the beautiful front nine, stop at our course grill known as The Lookout for a quick bite to eat and cool drink before heading to the challenging and prestigious back nine. There is no hurry making the turn here!