Golf courses in Arkansas range from the statewide Natural State Golf Trial
to small, community 9-hole courses to respected championship courses designed
by the legendary golf course architects, Robert Trent Jones and Edmund B. Ault.
Because of the state's mild winters, Arkansas golf has quite a long season,
with some courses open year round. You'll find golfing venues throughout the
state that are located close to numerous other attractions and will appeal even
Arkansas golf courses include the Natural State Golf Trail dubbed in honor
of the state's nickname. This is a statewide network of thirteen golf courses
that take advantage of the state's varied geographic features. In the far northwest
near Fayetteville, you
have Arkansas golf in the mountains.
North and west of Little Rock,
you'll find links in the lakes region resorts.
In the west central part of the state, you can take advantage of the luxurious
spas in Hot Springs. In
Pine Bluff you can visit the Delta Rivers Nature Center and attend the annual
Blues and Heritage Festival. And, don't forget that these are only the Arkansas
golf courses available on the Natural State Golf Trail. There are more than
200 other courses located throughout the state.
You'll find the most golf courses in Arkansas near Hot Springs, Fayetteville, and Little Rock. In addition to the courses of the Natural State Golf Trail you'll find about twenty courses around Hot Springs, including the third-ranked Ponce de Leon course. Perhaps you think it's odd for a course to named for a sixteenth-century Spanish conquistador, but history shows that the Spanish explored this region long before French and American settlers arrived. The Ponce de Leon course is known to golfers as the "long and hilly." Among the nearly twenty courses around Fayetteville is the Pinnacle Country Club, known as the best in the state, and hosting a number of prestigious events. Around the capital city of Little Rock, you can choose from more than thirty great courses.
Next in line in terms of number of golf courses in Arkansas are Jonesboro and Fort Smith. Nestled in the Ozarks Mountains in Fort Smith is one of the oldest courses in the state—the Hardscrabble Country Club founded in 1926. You can play around the links on more than 6,000 yards of holes at the Jonesboro Country Club in a near urban setting very near town.
There are even more than twenty Arkansas golf courses around the little town of Rogers and Beaver Lake. Some of the best here are part of the Bella Vista Country Club, which boasts eight 9- and 18-hole courses. Beaver Lake is the source of the beautiful 772-mile long White River. If you've had enough of golf, this is where some of the best trout fishing in the state is to be had.
Arkansas golf courses—especially those that are country clubs and around resorts—will offer much more than golf. Most also have tennis courts and swimming pools. Many have special play areas for children, and those in resorts popular for Arkansas vacations will often have other outdoor facilities, including hiking trails, horseback riding, and boating on the lakes.