If Arkansas's famed Little Red River seems like it was made for fishing, that's because in many ways it was. The river winds out from beneath the giant dam at Greers Ferry Lake. In 1966, some astute individuals introduced trout into the river, before quickly vanishing into a puff of tartar sauce. Today, Little Red River brims with rainbows, browns, and other trout, and Tailwater Fishing Co. helps anglers of all skill levels catch them all. Expert guides lead trips on the river, supplying all the necessary equipment and expertise.
At Cabot Miniature Golf, balls tumble down undulating greens past landscapes adorned with well-maintained shrubs and animal statues. Games unfold in all kinds of weather on the illuminated 18-hole course, where giant windmills and miniature ponds obstruct each ball’s path to a hole-in-one. On the adjoining driving range, orbs soar above more than 200 yards of real turf until 10 p.m. as a sand trap tries to swallow balls rolling across the practice putting green in an effort to feed the sand monster living inside of it.
After rounds of golf, a small playground entices kids to play, and two covered, colorfully lit pavilions shelter guests enjoying post-game snacks. Cabot Miniature Golf also includes mini storage units, which are guarded by extra-heavy bar-tube fencing and a coded entry system. This facility can also store large objects such as cars, RVs, and boats.
The 18-hole golf course at Greystone Country Club rollicks through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, skirting past rocky outcroppings and pristine waterfalls. Architect Kevin Tucker molded the course to take advantage of these natural features, and then expanded upon them with additions such as the resplendent zoysia fairways and mini verde greens. The result is an outdoorsy challenge that forces players of all skill levels to demonstrate proficiency with every club in the bag, from the putter to the putt-conceding magic wand. After shaking hands on the 18th green, groups can then retire to the club's bar and grille, The Nines, where french fries can help tally overall scores.
Course at a Glance
Cypress Creek Golf Course slinks through Greystone subdivision, adding up to a 7,392-yard length that requires accuracy and length in equal measure. Designer Kevin Tucker drew up the course blueprint with aqua in mind; golfers confront water on 13 of the course’s 18 holes. Players must clear a meandering creek on the par-5 3rd hole, nimbly avoiding it off the tee, on their approach. Both hole 12 and hole 18 take hard doglegs left around a lake, while the par-3 16th hole features a dramatic shot into a unique island green, reminiscent of the famous 17th hole of the TPC at Sawgrass’s Stadium Course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 7,392 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.9 from the back tees * Course slope of 136 from the back tees
Though supported by a tight-knit community of members, Sparrow Flying Club opens its cockpit doors to the public for scenic flights and pilot training. Its fleet of primarily Cessna aircraft ranges from simple, two-seat sport planes to more complex aircraft; patrons can rent them out for private use, or join an instructor in the cockpit to train for either a private pilot license or a sport license, which requires fewer hours. Each of the club?s locations?one home base at Conway Airport and two satellite locations at other airports?boasts training rooms and runways amply sized for takeoffs, landings, and timed cheetah sprints.
Automatic scoring systems log every strike and spare across Conway Family Bowl's 24 lanes. It's a modern touch for a business that has seen more than half a century of strikes. Today, the alley continues to host tournaments, open bowling, and special occasions such as birthday parties. Meanwhile, cooks at the onsite Kingpin Grill serve up more than standard snack-bar food, baking fresh pizza and grilling Black Angus burgers.