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Chenal Still Most Popular Golf Course Among Arkansas Business Readers.

CHENAL COUNTRY CLUB of Little Rock narrowly edged out Diamante of Hot Springs Village as the top choice of Arkansas Business readers who rated their favorite golf courses in the state.

Surprisingly; Chenal received fewer first place votes than either Diamante or Pleasant Valley Country Club of Little Rock. However, with a weighted scale of 25 points for each first place listing, 24 for second and so on, the Chenal course edged Diamante for the No. 1 spot because the Hot Springs Village course was on one less ballot than Chenal and Pleasant Valley.

Chenal's Robert Trent Jones Jr. layout features beautiful scenery and all 18 holes are excellent. Diamante outshines all the Hot Springs Village courses by its challenging length and need for precision play. Pleasant Valley's course is top notch, perhaps suitable for hosting a U.S. Open.

Any reader's poll is subjective and unscientific since there's the possibility of stacking the votes. And it's obviously influenced by where the readership lives. Still, there's little doubt that Diamante Pleasant Valley, and Chenal Country Club of Little Rock are the top choices among Arkansas Business readers.

The survey didn't ask readers to distinguish between private courses (including land development and resort courses) and public, daily-free courses.

Rounding out the top five were Mountain Ranch Golf Course at Fairfield Bay and Greystone's Cypress Creek course at Cabot, both daily-fee courses.

Then comes Harbor Oaks Golf Club at Pine Bluff, Country Club of Arkansas at Maumelle, Rebsamen Park Golf Course at Little Rock and Glenwood Country Club, all pay-to-play courses. Mountain Ranch and Harbor Oaks rate with the best private courses in Arkansas and both are good values. Rebsamen recently underwent a $2 million renovation and with its site along the Arkansas River, it could move up on the list.

Finishing up the top 10 is Ponce de Leon at Hot Springs Village, which seems, to be the best of the Village courses outside Diamante.

Narrowly missing the top 10 cutoff are the Maumelle Country Club, a highly rated professional-style course, and the Country Club of Little Rock, which has one of the oldest and most scenic layouts around.

Others receiving substantial support from golfers around the state Texarkana Country Club, Pinnacle Country Club at Rogers, Hot springs Country Club's Arlington course, Hardscrabble Country Club at Fort Smith, Red. Apple Inn & Country Club at Eden Isle and Balboa at Hot Springs Village.

In all, readers from around the state sent in the names of 66 different golf courses.
 The Top 10
Club Points
Chenal 537
Diamante 528
Pleasant Valley 476
Mountain Ranch 325
Greystone Cypress Creek 277
Harbor Oaks 267
Country Club of Arkansas 246
Rebsamen 202
Glenwood 193
Ponce de Leon 188
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Date:Mar 20, 2000
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