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.
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Replete with a 14,000-square-foot retail building, a 27-acre driving range, and two indoor video-lesson hitting bays, Arkansas Golf Center affords patrons a one-stop emporium for improving their games and upgrading their gear. Golfers can put underperforming orbs on notice with fresh sleeves of readily thwackable TaylorMade golf balls ($14.99–$29.99), or anoint new sand-trap sidekicks with the TaylorMade TP wedge ($89.99), equipped with a KBS High-Rev shaft that promotes increased spin.
The First Tee of Central Arkansas welcomes golfers with two distinct challenges: a championship-length nine-hole course and a par-3 nine-hole course. The longer of the two, the par-36 Chairman’s course sends golfers swinging across 3,428 yards of fairways lined with sparsely populated groves of trees. A golfer who is confident with a driver or shower-curtain rod can conquer the course’s lengthier holes, which include 539- and 551-yard par 5s and a 475-yard par 4 that is the course’s most difficult, due in part to a water hazard that hugs the left side and a misplaced track-and-field commentator who encourages the use of the flagstick as a javelin. For a more leisurely round, players can test their short iron skills on the par-3 Honors course, which features holes that range from 65 to 113 yards in length.
Along with its public courses, The First Tee of Central Arkansas uses the game of golf to teach local youth life skills through Jack Stephens Youth Golf Academy. The academy reaches out to low-income and special-needs children, providing free access to the program as a means of enriching their lives and preparing them for the future.
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 Greens at North Hills’ PGA-certified instructors help golfers to spruce up skills, and lengthy tree-lined fairways put newly sharpened swings to the test. PGA members Dawn Darter and Tom Hanson, who offer more than 75 years of combined experience, help students to adjust stances and straighten slices during 45-minute lessons. Players can continue to develop muscle memory on the driving range while firing off buckets of range balls or unripe clementines. The range also allows players to warm up before teeing off on the championship course, which meanders through pockets of stately trees and crawls over undulating hills that obscure greens and force tricky approach shots.
The six target greens and 350 grassy yards of landing area at Mulligans Golf Range & Bobby Wilson Teaching Center bolster gameplay alongside swing-honing lessons from certified instructors, including three-time World Long Drive champion Bobby Wilson. Golfers can tee off year-round and in any weather conditions from 10 lighted and covered stations, emptying two medium buckets of balls (180 total) across a peaceful verdant landscape punctuated only by the sporadic encouragement of cheerleading Scotch Highlanders. Long-driving neophytes with dreams of golf-ball domination can rework swings and locate sweet spots under the tutelage of certified golf pros during hour-long lessons. Instilled with new fairway-conquering wisdom, guests can showcase golf and culinary skills alike as they line up their shots from a natural grass tee and pepper the greens with a small bucket of 45 balls.
The Golf of Castle Valley course bounds over gently rolling hills as it wraps around Coulter Lake through thick stands of mature trees. Golfers can tee off an unlimited number of times on the club's 18-hole course, slowly building a mental map of each area until every dogleg, water hazard, and tricky green is as familiar as the national anthem or the national butterfly. Practice approach shots along the bank of Coulter Lake, or chip shots past winding streams and the stretching limbs of trees along each fairway.