The Natural State of Arkansas is situated in the Southern Region of the US, extending to over 53,000 square miles. The Ozark and Quachita Mountains lie within its boundaries and these impressive landforms contrast dramatically with the flat landscape of the Arkansas Delta where cotton is still grown as the major cash crop. Founded in 1722, Little Rock is both the capital and largest city in the state and it was from the steps of the Old State House that Bill Clinton made his election night acceptance speech when he became President in 1992.

The Arkansas State Golf Association, established in 1915 by seven country clubs, now represents around 14,000 male golfers in 125 member clubs, divided into five regions. Lady golfers have their own governing body, the Arkansas Women’s Golf Association, which was founded in 1924. On the professional front, the Arkansas PGA Chapter promotes the game and contributes to its growth in the South Central Section which covers Arkansas, Oklahoma and southern Kansas.

A couple of tracks that were unveiled in 2004 steal the golfing headlines in Arkansas; Tom Fazio’s Alotian in Roland and the Robert Trent Jones Jnr-designed Blessings in Johnson are testing but supremely engaging modern layouts that fully deserve their high rankings within the state. The private Diamante is the star of the show at the massive Hot Springs Village golf complex but don’t overlook the other six 18-hole courses plus a 27-hole layout that’s available for daily fee play at this fantastic golfing mecca.

Our Arkansas Best In State Rankings were last updated in May 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Arkansas


1st Arkansas - Best in Area

Billionaire investment banker, Warren Stephens, had a golf dream and his realisation, costing a cool $18m, is the Alotian Club.


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2nd Arkansas - Best in Area

A University of Arkansas facility, the course at Blessings Golf Club is both long and demanding, with the threatening waters of Clear Creek coming into play rather frequently during a round here.


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Diamante Golf Club

3rd Arkansas - Best in Area

One of nine courses set within a sprawling property owned by the Hot Springs Village gated community, the private layout at Diamante Golf Club is a long, demanding test of golf.


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Hot Springs (Arlington)

4th Arkansas - Best in Area

Debuted in 1930 and designed by William Diddel, the Arlington at Hot Springs Country Club is laid out on undulating terrain to the north of the property – Coore and Crenshaw renovated the course in the mid-1990s.


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Pleasant Valley (Blue & Yellow)

5th Arkansas - Best in Area

Joe Finger laid out the tree-lined 27 holes at Pleasant Valley Country Club at the end of the 1960s and it’s the Blue and Yellow nines that form the preferred 18-hole layout at this fine golf facility.


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Country Club of Little Rock

6th Arkansas - Best in Area

Golfers have been playing at the Country Club of Little Rock for over a century – since 1902 to be precise – on a course that was recently redesigned by Keith Foster.


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Chenal (Bear Den Mountain)

7th Arkansas - Best in Area

Robert Trent Jones Jnr developed the 36-hole golf complex at Chenal Country Club over a 13-year period and the younger Bear Den Mountain course is rated a tougher test than the Founders.


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Chenal (Founders)

8th Arkansas - Best in Area

Robert Trent Jones Jnr laid out the two 18-hole courses at Chenal Country Club and the Founders layout – where water features at more than half the holes – was first to appear in 1990.

Texarkana Country Club

9th Arkansas - Best in Area

A 1922 Golden Age design from William Langford and Theodore Moreau, Ron Pritchard restored the course at Texarkana Country Club in recent times when he brought many of the old, grassed over bunkers back into play.

Pinnacle Country Club

10th Arkansas - Best in Area

In 2009, architect Randy Heckenkemper upgraded the 18-hole layout at Pinnacle Country Club so the course now features Bermuda rough, Zorro Zoysia fairways and Tyee Bent grass greens.