The late-afternoon round of golf at Carmel Mountain Ranch is getting even more enjoyable with the new Thirsty Thursday Golf League.

The league, which starts April 7 and runs through September, is a season-long points race for super twilight golfers (starting at 4 p.m.) looking for a little friendly competition. The weekly entry fee is $25, which includes a cart and a free adult beverage. Thursday tee times from 4-5 p.m. will be earmarked for league players. There is also a one-time signup fee of $25.

“Afternoon play is always more popular in the summer, so we just added a social and competitive factor to it,” said Evan Biundo, CMR’s first assistant and tournament sales director. “We’re just taking advantage of the longer days.”

It’s amazing how much a golfer’s world opens up with one more hour of daylight.

Points will be awarded through a variety of golf challenges, such as closest to the pin, longest drive, longest putt, number of birdies and low score on certain holes. Winners will honored at a banquet to conclude the season on Sept. 29.

“It’s going to be a good time,” Biundo said.

Carmel Mountain Ranch continues to receive praise for its recent turf reduction initiative, which has given the course a desert-golf type look and feel. Biundo said 90 percent of the feedback has been positive.

He’s hoping the Thirsty Thursday league will introduce even more golfers to JC Golf and Carmel Mountain Ranch, which has eliminated 52 acres of grass and more than 600 trees.

The Thirsty Thursday Golf League has a limited number of spots available. Signups are available at the golf shop or by calling (858) 487-9224.

Marc Figueroa is a freelance writer who has been covering golf in San Diego for more than 20 years.