The Rim Golf Club Course Tour
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.