If you are visiting the city of Centerton in Arkansas’ Benton County and enjoy golfing then you may want to play on one of the state’s prestigious golf courses that complement naturally the beautiful countryside of The Natural State. This natural beauty is a diverse mix of undulating hills, hardwood forests, lofty pine trees, mountain lakes and trickling rivers or streams and is the perfect complement for its 12 elite golf courses. These can be found in 11 exclusive locations along the famous Natural State Golf Trail which promises some of the best golfing experiences every step of the way whether you wish to play competitively in one of the many tournaments held annually or simply prefer a relaxing game with friends on a world-class course.
The Big Creek Golf & Country Club was opened in the year 2000 and has won the coveted five-star ranking for nine years consecutively and was designed by Tom Winner in the community of Mountain Home. This course is a must for any serious golfer visiting the state of Arkansas with its white sand bunkers, luxuriant zoysia fairways and L-93 bent grass greens combined with complex hole layouts and challenging tees. Additional facilities include an ultra modern practice facility, a huge three-tiered driving range that covers 400 yards with separate pristine putting and chipping greens. The Hot Springs Country Club has two 18-hole courses – the Arlington and the Park – that offer alternative features with the former rambling over 6,713 yards of land at the foothills of the Oachitas with rolling bent grass greens and challenging precipitous Bermuda fairways. The Park covers slightly more ground but offers a different kind of challenge as it features lush fairways set numerous amid watery features amid a spectacular vista of the surrounding lakes and mountains. The Clubhouse here offers a full service of amenities as well as indoor and outdoor tennis courts, golf and tennis pro shops, a swimming pool and playground. Further away from Centerton but also worth the visit you will find Andy Dye’s signature course at the Ridges at Village Creek in the north-east of the state which is uniquely situated on Crowley’s Ridge. This is relatively new to The Natural State Golf Trail and was the most recent addition in May 2012. The 27 hole course that includes 12 holes with water features is situated against a dramatic backdrop of forest and mountains of the Village Creek State Park so you are travelling from further away you will find cabins and campsites to accommodate you overnight if necessary.
Price ranges on most of these courses are around $45 to $75 per round but annual memberships are also available and each of these courses is open all year round. Standards are reviewed for both courses and the facilities as well as customer service and these take place twice a year to ensure that they continue to meet the right criteria expected for such high caliber courses. As a result, guests are also expected to adhere to a certain standard of attire such as collared golf shirts and soft-spiked shoes.