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The best golf courses in Arkansas

The Alotian Club has been the crown jewel of Arkansas since 2004, when Warren Stephens, son of former Masters chairman Jackson Stephens, commissioned Tom Fazio to create an oasis for him and his buddies. Fazio moved more than 1.5 million cubic yards of earth and top soil was trucked in on this incredibly steep and undulating land, which features 100 feet of elevation change, for instance, on the par-3 sixth hole. The club made one of the highest debuts in our ranking’s history when it entered our America’s 100 Greatest Courses ranking at No. 14 in 2011-2012. (It now sits at 38th on our rankings.) A top-level collegiate event, the Stephens Cup, was held at The Alotian Club, offering elite amateur players a chance to see this gloriously private club.

Another fast-rising course on our Best in Arkansas list, the Blessings Golf Club, also hosted the best players in college golf for the 2019 NCAA golf championships and is the venue for other collegiate events. Following an extensive renovation by Kyle Phillips, Blessings entered our national rankings for the first time in 2023—ranking 144th on our America’s Second 100 Greatest courses.

We hope these events continue to shine a spotlight on a golf state that offers a depth of solid golf elsewhere in its borders.

Below you'll find our 2023-'24 ranking of the Best Golf Courses in Arkansas.

We urge you to click through to each individual course page for bonus photography, drone footage and reviews from our course panelists. Plus, you can now leave your own ratings on the courses you’ve played … to make your case why your favorite should be ranked higher. 

1. (1) The Alotian Club
Private
1. (1) The Alotian Club
Roland, AR
4.5
83 Panelists
The Alotian Club gives us a hint of what Augusta National would have looked like had Bobby Jones established his dream course on even hillier terrain than Augusta. The first tee shot drops 70 feet to a fairway below with the approach playing back uphill. The tee on the 205-yard par-3 sixth sits 85 feet above the green. The Alotian Club, founded by Warren Stephens, son of former Masters chairman Jackson Stephens, is the first (and still only) course in Arkansas ever to make our list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. The Alotian name comes from the annual golf trips Stephens once took with his buddies. He called it the America’s Lights Out Tour, and participants called themselves The Alotians. In recent years, The Alotian Club has opened its doors to collegiate players—first for the 2019 Palmer Cup and since 2020, annually for the Stephens Cup.
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2. (2) Blessings Golf Club
Private
2. (2) Blessings Golf Club
Fayetteville, AR
George Thomas conceived of the idea of a “course within a course” when designing Los Angeles Country Club in the early 1920s, creating various tees for different holes that changed the angles of play and even the par values on different days. That’s part of the concept of Blessings in northwest Arkansas, where Robert Trent Jones II built a multifaceted routing that can be played in a variety of different lengths and combinations intended to challenge the game’s best collegiate players (Blessings hosts a variety of NCAA tournaments and was the site of the 2019 National Championships), including one setup with a USGA course rating of 80.9 and a 155 slope. Several holes cross over each other in the manner of old links courses, though there’s nothing linksy about the rural, wooded and sloping property bisected by Clear Creek. When you build a course for an individual owner—in this case John Tyson of Tyson Foods—you get to break the rules. In 2018, architect Kyle Phillips remodeled Blessings to make it more walkable, creating a new first hole, relocating several greens, and shifitng and rebuilding bunkers to increase strategic diversity.
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4. (5) Texarkana Country Club
Private
4. (5) Texarkana Country Club
Texarkana, AR
3.5
31 Panelists
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5. (3) Diamante Country Club
Private
5. (3) Diamante Country Club
Hot Springs Village, AR
3
33 Panelists
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8. (NR) Pinnacle Country Club
Private
8. (NR) Pinnacle Country Club
Rogers, AR
4.1
50 Panelists
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9. (NR) Chenal Country Club: Founders
Private
9. (NR) Chenal Country Club: Founders
Little Rock, AR
3.5
37 Panelists
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10. (NR) Chenal Country Club: Bear Den
Private
10. (NR) Chenal Country Club: Bear Den
Little Rock, AR
3.9
36 Panelists
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