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Little Rock

Little Rock hosts at least 11 courses. Fort Smith, near the Oklahoma border, offers 7 more. Jonesboro has 6. In all, just fewer than 100 locations that have at least one course each are listed. Most have at least two, and many have several.

Arkadelphia has a 9-hole and an 18 hole course in the same small town. Both courses are open year-round, and both offer driving ranges and cart rentals. Cherokee Village has two championship 18 hole courses, both built in 1962, one designed by Ed Ault, the other by John Cooper. Hot Springs National Park has 3 public courses and one semi-private offering, the Belvedere Country Club.

Of course, quantity isn’t everything. While there’s truth in that the worst day spent golfing beats the best day spent working, we’re still after a standard of quality. What can you expect to find in Arkansas? Many of the courses were conceived and constructed by venerable designers, experts of the time. The Hardscrabble Country Club, a private holding in the Fort Smith area, was designed by the venerable Herman Hackbarth and built in 1926. This classic environment is a treasure, and appears alongside the Fianna Hills Country Club, a James L. Holmes design from 1973, the public Fort Smith Country Club, which is a 9-hold Alex Findlay design made in 1903, and the Links, a semi-private 9-hole year-round course designed by Lyndy Lindsey and built in 1996. Marvin Ferguson is the designer behind 3 public city-operated 18-hole courses in that same relatively small town, at the Ben Green Regional Park.