Course Tour

Chaparral Pines Course Tour

Course Tour

HOLE #1: PONDEROSA

Par 4

The opening hole, a straight away par 4 framed by tall pines, will give you a taste of the beauty, eloquence and fairness of Chaparral Pines. Tee shot placement in the fairway will avoid tree trouble on your approach. Beware of the large, deep sand bunkers near this plateau green, which is also guarded by large pine trees left and right.

PRO'S TIP

"A great starting hole but you need to put your tee shot in the fairway. Use a fairway wood off the tee if the driver was not behaving on the driving range."

HOLE #2: GAME TRAIL

Par 5

Many deer and elk have walked the straight and narrow here and golfers are well advised to do the same. this hole, which features a split fairway from the tee, is reachable with two strong shots. (It's all up- hill.) The green complex is framed with a nest of sand bunkers and by large oak trees.

PRO'S TIP

"Let'er rip. If you cannot clear the rocks in the middle of the fairway aim for the right side and you'll give yourself a good shot at going for the green in two or the smart lay-up. Do your best to keep the ball below the hole when the hole location is on the right side of the green."


HOLE #3: DIAMOND POINT

Par 4

Spectacular short par 4. Plays from elevated tees across a deep ravine to a fairway perched on a hillside. This hole is adorned by rock formations, a collection of picturesque bunkers, Alligator Junipers, Oaks, Pinion Pines and magnificent views. Golfers options: play a driver to the narrowest and deepest part of the fairway for an uphill pitch to the green situated in a saddle on the ridge top, or select a long iron or fairway wood for a safer tee shot and longer approach.

Golfer's Options

Play a driver to the narrowest and deepest part of the fairway for an uphill pitch to the green situated in a saddle on the ridge top, or select a long iron or fairway wood for a safer tee shot and longer approach.

PRO'S TIP

"Don't be macho, put the ball in play. You want to hit the ball about 200 yards if you are playing from the 1-pine tees. Either side of the rock will funnel toward the center of the fairway. There is too much trouble around the green if you try to be the hero off the tee."

HOLE #4: THE FALLS

Par 3

A beautiful water shrouded par 3 sporting three falls, with the largest dropping nine feet into the pond fronting the narrow green. A deep bunker separates the putting surface from the water in front. Golfers won't mind coming to rest in the bunkers as opposed to a watery grave short or to the right. Only the expert (or the stout of heart) will shoot at the flag when it's situated on the far right.

PRO'S TIP

"Good par 3. Fire at the pin if it is located either left or in the middle, but don’t get suckered into the pin location on the far right side of this green. When the hole is on the right side aim for the middle of the green and two putt for your par and move on."


HOLE #5: ROCKY POINTS

Par 4

Mother Nature built this hole. The architect merely found it and made preparations for play. Two distinctive "points" penetrate a large, gently undulating fairway sweeping majestically up a hill to the green. A long tough, yet gorgeous hole with no bunkers to compete with its beauty. Have at it and enjoy!

PRO'S TIP

"First Tough hole. This long par 4 requires an accurate tee shot with either a driver or 3 wood (whichever you hit straight). Your second shot is uphill to an undulated green. If the pin is on the top shelf of this green take an extra club because too long is not bad."

HOLE #6: QUARRY

Par 3

Graham and Panks created much of this hole by sculpting a large deep quarry between tee and green to provide needed borrow material for the 7th. (The architect has paid his respects to Mother Nature everywhere else on the course and asks for her forgiveness here.) Anyway, the quarry does add a wonderful view corridor to this delightful little hole. The green is flanked by a (natural) hillock on the left with a lone pine, the quarry in front and saving bunkers on the right and rear. Thank you Mother Nature.

PRO'S TIP

"This short par 3 offers a bank on the left side that will redirect miss hits, in that direction, onto the green. When the hole is located on the back shelf, don’t get greedy because a hidden bunker over the back is not the place to be."


HOLE #7: CANYON CREEK

Par 5

One of the toughest and most beautiful par 5's in God's creation. From the tees, golfers play over a wild and rocky creek bed to the fairway. This double dogleg twists and turns between high pine covered ridges while following the creek all the way to a narrow green placed between the creek and an abrupt hillside. A most challenging 3-shot hole which demands respect. Most (smart) golfers will play it cautiously for a 5 or 6. For the bold, the risks are high but the reward could be very satisfying.

PRO'S TIP

"Patience is a virtue. This is a definite three shot par five, however, this hole requires three precise shots for you to have a chance to score. The tee shot is a blind shot so aim at the flag in the middle of the fairway, using anything you can hit 200-220 yds. Your next shot is an important lay-up. Aim your shot toward the biggest tree in the rough in front of you. If you miss you must miss right because a creek runs down the entire left hand side and then meanders in front of the green. Your third shot requires a good touch and it plays shorter than the distance reads."

HOLE #8: CANYON CARRY

Par 3

Simply, breath-taking! (Words can not do it justice).

PRO'S TIP

"This par three plays a little shorter because of the downhill nature of the terrain. Avoid the bunkers left and right and hit your shot to the center of this large green. "


HOLE #9: TWO PUTT

Par 4

From the Graham Tee, the fairway seems far, far away, but it's only 165 yards. Chaparral covered broken ground lays between tee and fairway that was carved down between two ridges forming a valley of green grass swinging up to an elevated double green. A strong drive and accurate medium to long is required to reach in two. Avoid the deep sand bunker protecting the right front.

PRO'S TIP

"Aim your tee shot at the large bunker in the distance, it is well out of reach for most players. Pay close attention to the hole location of the day because depending on whether the pin is in the front, middle or the back can mean the difference of two to three clubs. The green is 70 paces from front to back."

HOLE #10: ROAD HOLE

Par 4

You could never know this fairway was once a paved roadway! It has been transformed into one of the most picturesque holes at Chaparral Pines. Drive from elevated tees surrounded by tall pines and granite boulders across Goat Camp Wash to the narrow landing area some 250 yards from the back tee. Pick your 190 yard club and go for the green, but be careful of Pine Island Lake on the right. Par is a very good score here.

PRO'S TIP

"This is a tight driving hole with houses and native right and O.B. left. Once you are in the fairway the shot to the green is made tougher once you realize that there is a pond on the right but you cannot see it. Aim for the center of the green and two putts."


HOLE #11: SLEEPY HOLLOW

Par 4

As the golfer looks from the tee, he/she sees a tree lined fairway leading to an elevated landing area guarded by large Ponderosa Pines on both sides. Accuracy is the name of the game here. The scratch player may want to play a 1 iron or 3 wood to a plateau landing area, setting up a 6 or 7 iron approach to the green which in nestled between boulder outcroppings. The setting is a natural amphitheater with a backdrop of tall pine trees. One of our most pleasing holes, but don't be lulled to sleep. You must keep your composure to score par or better.

PRO'S TIP

"This is probably our toughest driving hole. Your landing area is small and is not very flat. Aim your shot at the gables on the house you can see in the distance while hugging the left hand side of the fairway. The green has an elephant buried in the back center of the green so make sure you put your second shot on the correct side of that hump."

HOLE #12: RIM VIEW

Par 5

It's a bit of a trek back to Graham Tee, but well worth the effort. You will feel "on top of the world" as panoramic views display the scenic grandeur of Rim Country. Now turn toward the fairway for another splendid view of this reachable par 5. The first landing area is flanked by a massive ridge of rock on the right and framed by tall pines on both sides. This dogleg right follows the lay of a small canyonn all the way to the green. Avoid a strategic tree in the second fairway landing area and the green side bunkers for a shot at an eagle or birdie.

PRO'S TIP

"Enjoy the view. Now, let's hit a tee shot favoring the left side because a rock outcropping on the right is hidden by the tees. Once in the fairway you can give this hole a go. If the hole is back left it is the most accessible and provides the best chance for eagle. If the hole is located on the right side just make sure you get it up on the green above the false front."


HOLE #13: TREE TOPS

Par 4

As the golfer looks to the north towards the green, his/her gaze falls upon miles of tree tops below the Mogollon Rim in the distance. Back to the task at hand... select a long iron or fairway wood for a shot at this large green nestled in a forest glen. A huge bunker short and right wraps around a tall pine like a boomerang with its tip carved in at the greenside. A large grass bunker to the rear will save golfers from falling down a steep slope into the canyon below. Favor the left side and par may be a reality.

PRO'S TIP

"Avoid the bunkers on the right hand side. This green has a lot of run to it from left to right, so if the hole is located on the back right aim your ball toward the middle and it will run toward the hole."

HOLE #14: ELK SPRINGS

Par 5

Another marvelous hole born out of Mother Nature! The fairway follows the spring-fed creek with majestic Ponderosa Pines along the way. Play from the elevated tee down to a terraced fairway. Take to the high side for safety, or play left down along the creek for a shorter approach to a second fairway and green situated in a hollow next to the creek. Majestic mountain views, boulders, water, trees and an occasional elk await. What more could you ask for - except maybe a 4.

PRO'S TIP

"Aim your tee shot to the right side of the rock formation in the fairway. From there avoid the tree in the middle of the fairway and attack this short par 5. Your second shot is downhill so you can hit less club in order to achieve accuracy. Avoid bunkers and a hazard on the left side of this green."


HOLE #15: TRANQUILLITY

Par 4

The tees on #15 are in a little cove leading to a lake at forest edge which golfers must play over. Don't worry - it's only a 150 yard carry from the very back to a fairway sloping towards Goat Camp Wash. What a personality this hole has - with its stately pines along a drainage clothed in a wild mint, seasonal flowers, deer grass and running water. be cautious with your tee shot, as a fairway lie is a must for a chance to put it on the dance floor. The driver may not be the best choice! The green is located on a small alluvial bench next to the creek with boulders and forested hills around. To reach the putting surface, you will have to kick a field goal between a cluster of 100 foot tall pines.

PRO'S TIP

"This scenic hole can lull you into enjoying its beauty and then jump up and bite you. Aim your tee shot down the left hand side because your ball will kick off the mounds and run right. There is a hazard all the way down the right hand side. Very generous green so avoid the pot bunker on the right front and all should end well."

HOLE #16: GOAT CAMP

Par 3

Make your way from #15 green over a grand wooden walk bridge (across Goat Camp Wash) to the tee nestled in among broken necklace granite boulders. Looking out form the boulders, you will see a long narrow green in the shape of a lazy "S" framed by large stately oak trees on the left and a low sandy ridge to the right. The left front of this green is perilously close to the deep and wildly beautiful Goat Camp Wash. Two large bunkers along the bulkhead may be your only "saving grace." A unique hole with little margin for error.

PRO'S TIP

"Quote, unquote, the easiest hole on the golf course. This little gem can record some big numbers quicker than any hole on the course. The wind in this back corner is hard to figure out and the green sits at an angle away from you off the tee. With a hazard left and nothing good right, and bunkers front and back, a par here is never taken for granted."


HOLE #17: CROSSCREEKS

Par 5

"For the big hitters this is a lay-up off the tee but if laid up correctly presents a good chance to get home in two, however, it is 250-260yds. and all carry. For the more reasonable hitters, lay-up over the hazard to about 110 yds. and then attack the hole from here. When laying up though, avoid going left into a hazard or too far right because several large trees will block you out."

PRO'S TIP

"A great starting hole but you need to put your tee shot in the fairway. Use a fairway wood off the tee if the driver was not behaving on the driving range."

HOLE #18: CASCADES

Par 4

What a view this tee provides of the north Rim! WOW! A controlled tee shot to the preferred fairway landing area will enable golfers to play a medium iron over Goat Camp Wash and up to the home hole. A terraced green is situated below the clubhouse on a steep hillside. Beware of deep bunkers fronting the green and don't be distracted by the cascades to the right. A beautiful challenge for the finish!

PRO'S TIP

"The lone pine tree in the distance is your target. Once you get down there your second shot is an uphill shot over a creek with bunkers guarding the right and left sides. Put that shot on the correct tier of this green and you will have a reasonable shot at ending your round with a birdie."

Chaparral Pines
504B North Club Drive
Payson, AZ 85541

Phone: 928.472.1420

Email: info[email protected]

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