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 August 2020. Click the link to read the story.