Hot Springs (Park) - Arkansas - USA

Hot Springs Country Club,
101 Country Club Drive,
Hot Springs,
Arkansas (AR) 71901,

  • +1 501 623 4981

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  • 55 miles W of Little Rock, via the I-30 and US-70

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The first recorded documentation of what is now Hot Springs Country Club is found in The Official GOLF GUIDE of the United States and Canada from 1899: “The links were marked out in January and were opened for play March 8. The fair green offers good going, and when the greens have had a little more time it will be a very interesting course, as the ground is broken and undulating.”

In 1909, land on the Cooper Farm was acquired, and preparation of the grounds made by “underbrushing the entire property by cutting out all the small trees, vines etc. and trimming the lower limbs from the larger trees in order that the courses could be laid out”. William Anderson from the St. Louis Golf and Country Club then set out the course on this 130-acre site.

By 1924, there were twenty-seven holes in play, with Willie Park Jr. credited as the architect of this layout which comprised a “championship course” and a “third nine”. Two years later, another nine was added to form two 18-hole tracks, with plans in place to develop an adjacent 147-acre property as a third course.

William Diddel then redesigned the newer 18-hole layout which became the Arlington course in 1932 and it’s more than likely that he also carried out modifications at the same time to the original Majestic course, which has since been renamed the Park course. Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw have renovated both courses in more recent times.

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Description: Formed in 1898, Hot Springs Country Club offers its members two well-established 18-hole golf layouts. The Park (formerly known as the Majestic) was first to appear in 1920 and it’s a solid Willie Park Junior course which is not short of admirers. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Colin Braithwaite

Hot Springs used to be a 54 hole facility. It is now 36 and somewhat a hodge podge of the previous course. The first hole is a straight away par five. It is reachable and this club has the handicap rating correct, the hole is 517 yards and ranked as the 17th easiest hole. The 2nd is the longest par four and is also straightaway and is rated the number one handicap hole. The first par three has a creek carry and the green is protected by three bunkers, but I do not think it is the fifth hardest hole. The 4th fairway narrows as you get closer to the green and the green is protected by three bunkers, but trees on both sides create bunkers in the sky on the approach. The fifth is a short par five, but it has a creek that is about 250 yards out on the left side and 230 on the right. This forces you to make a decision on the tee. The green is raised with a large front right bunker and a small one left. The approach on the 6th is uphill, so take an extra club. The 7th is a mid-length par three. The 8th is a good birdie hole, slight dogleg right and it has a huge landing area. Decent drive will leave you with an attack iron. The front ends with a long par four with the fairway running out about 110 yards out.

The back starts with the courses longest par three. The 11th is a long par four on the back with the green sandwiched between bunkers left and right. The 12th and 13th are back to back par fives. The 12th is a dogleg left with a water hazard in the inside elbow. You do not have to cut the corner to get home in two, but a high draw will make the task easier. The 13th is the shortest par five, straight and reachable without a lot of trouble. Good birdie holes. The14th is the longest par four on the back and is straight away. The 15th is the last par three, mid-length with a water carry. The 15th leans a bit left, favor right of center off the tee. The green has a right front bunker. The 17th and 18th are decent birdie oppties, especially if you fade the ball.

Good, but I would not pay to play again.

December 25, 2021
6 / 10
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