Multiple regions- The Best Drives Are in Arkansas: Go Golfing!
A golfer's paradise itinerary best enjoyed in Spring, Summer and Fall, and often in Winter.
Arrive mid-morning in the capital city, Little Rock, and take the short drive south to Pine Bluff and get ready to tee it up at Harbor Oaks Golf Club. This course has narrow, tree-lined fairways and large, undulating greens. Water hazards come into play on seven holes. The signature hole is #17, a 204-yard, par 3, requiring a tee shot over water and a rock wall to a green guarded by a horseshoe-shaped bunker in the front. This course will challenge you and rewards on great shot making. After your round, take in the afternoon sights and sounds of Pine Bluff. With a population over 57,000, Pine Bluff has it all; a historic downtown district, outdoor recreation, attractions, a diverse manufacturing base and warm, friendly people. Some of the attractions include the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, Arkansas Railroad Museum, the Downtown Murals, and a wide range of antique stores throughout the city. Have a relaxing dinner at one of the many restaurants in the Pine Bluff area.
Next we hit Arkansas's "Spa City", Hot Springs and drive directly to one of the most historic golf courses in Arkansas, The Arlington Course at Hot Springs Country Club. The Hot Springs Country Club was established in 1898 as a semi-private Club offering membership privileges to the local residents, as well as providing golfing opportunities for the out-of-town visitors. Nestled in the Ouachita foothills and surrounded by neighboring lakes and national parks, the Hot Springs Country Club continues to operate with those same Southern traditions of service. The Arlington Course was built on hilly terrain, and water hazards come into play on three holes. It is heavily wooded and considered the most difficult course of the two at Hot Springs Country Club. The Arlington course has recently been renovated by Master's Champion Ben Crenshaw, with bent grass greens and a restoration of the original classic design. Steep and narrow Bermuda fairways through rolling hills make this course a true challenge for any golfer. Golf Digest consistently ranks The Arlington as one of the best public courses in The Natural State. After the round, head into Downtown Hot Springs and check into the famous Arlington Hotel and then relax and stroll the streets around Bathhouse Row, take the time to visit the Fordyce Bathhouse Museum and see what brought so many people to the Spa City, its thermal baths and relaxing massages. Partake in a massage of you own after dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area. Overnight at the Arlington Hotel, famous for being a choice spot for many famous people over the decades.
After an early morning breakfast, take the drive to the rollings hills of Greystone Country Club. The two championship 18 hole golf courses there, with zoysia fairways, bent grass greens and paved tee to green cart paths, are consistently ranked in the top ten courses in Arkansas. The spacious Club House has complete locker facilities. There is a grill and pro shop in the club house on the Mountain Springs course as well as an additional pro shop on the Cypress Creek course. Each course has a driving range with lights on the Mountain Springs range for evening practice. The Mountain Springs course awaits you today! The breathtaking taking views as well as the layout of the course will keep you coming back for years to come. This truly is a beautiful golf community that has it all! After your round, head back to the metropolitan area of Little Rock and check into your hotel. After some well-earned R&R, stroll down the street, or better yet, take the electric trolley into the River Market area and over the River to the restored Argenta area of North Little Rock. Dinner at one of the many restaurants in the River Market, including the famous Flying Fish, or if you are in the mood for some beef, Sonny Williams Steakhouse is a must. Overnight Little Rock/North Little Rock area.
This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to play the other championship course at Greystone, Cypress Creek, but before departing, explore the Clinton Presidential Center just east of the River Market District. The Clinton Center, the nation's twelfth Presidential Library, presents eight years of world history. Drive back up to Greystone and play the Cypress Creek course, located at the back end of the Greystone Community. The Cypress Creek offers similar terrain to the Mountain Springs course; however, there many more sand bunkers on this layout! The signature hole is #16, a 223-yard, par 3, highlighted by a stunning island green. You'll be surprised around every corner - the course just keeps coming at you with views and challenging shots. Bring your A game, this course requires precision shot-making with a good touch around the greens. Putting is a premium, the bent grass greens roll fast and true. It's a golfer's paradise! After your round, continue north to the city of Heber Springs. Tomorrow awaits a true gem in the foothills of the Ozarks! Overnight and dine in Heber Springs, enjoy some fine dining at an area restaurant which serves the best stuffed tenderloin known as more than any one person can eat! Overnight exactly where you will be teeing it up in the morning, at The Red Apple Inn.
Bright and early, have yourself a great breakfast, step across the cart path and tee it up here at Red Apple Inn. The Red Apple Inn's golf course, which Golf Digest magazine named as one of the "50 most scenic courses in the U.S.," was recently selected to be part of the prestigious "Natural State Golf Trail." Ideal in spring and fall, the course is sculpted from the island's rolling hills and features tree-lined corridors and panoramic vistas overlooking Greers Ferry Lake. Once done with your round, head back to the capital city for departure.
To request info or book golf on The Natural State Golf Trail, please visit Fairways Golf Travel, Inc. at 1-800-709-1684 or online at http://www.fairwaysgolftravel.com/Arkansas.asp.
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