Situated a hundred miles northeast of Little Rock, the 6,900-acre Village Creek State Park is the second largest state park in Arkansas, with miles of multi-use trails carved through the hardwood forest, offering visitors the chance to explore the area by hiking, horse riding or mountain biking. Lake Austell and Lake Dunn are also ideal sites for fishing and messing around on the water.
The golfing element of the park comprises the 27-hole Ridges at Village Creek facility which was designed by Andy Dye and opened to the public in 2012. Set out as three distinct 9-hole circuits, named North, East and West, the course occupies the rolling landscape of Crowley's Ridge, where dramatic elevation changes and water hazards come into play across the layout.
Depending on which of the two nines are chosen to play, the 18-hole yardage could stretch to over 7,400 yards, but the North and East combination measures slightly shorter than that length from the back tees. MiniVerde Bermuda greens and Tiff 419 Bermuda tees and fairways are featured throughout and there are four tees in operation at every hole.
Calling this one the 7th best in the state is just dead wrong. This is may be the best golf course in Arkansas. Challenging, fun, and what golf is supposed to be. The price is reasonable, in fact cheap for the kind of course you get to play. Better bring your A game for an A+ course.