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New courses in the works. (Golf Notes).

So many golf courses have been built throughout the state in the past few years that some wonder if the state has reached a saturation point.

Nevertheless, there are several new courses in the works, including the Clear Creek Course being developed at Johnson by John Tyson that is featured on Page 4 of this supplement.

Also scheduled to open in fall 2004 is a ninth course at Hot Springs Village. The Granada Golf Course is under construction at the east end of the village between Isabella and the private Diamante Country Club course. The 18-hole, par-72 course will have a links-style layout. From the back tees, it stretches out 7,080 yards.

Speaking of Isabella, the Ault Clark & Associates design firm's Web site indicates that a nine-hole addition to the Isabella course is in the planning stages.

The golf architects also list in the planning stage a new 18-hole course at Bella Vista called the Gordon Hollow Golf Club. Bella Vista, like Hot Springs Village, is an unincorporated, planned retirement community that seems to center around golf. There currently are seven courses at Bella Vista, while Hot Springs Village has eight.

Thunder Bayou Golf Links at Blytheville opened last April after Arkansas Business' "Golf Links" issue came out, but members reportedly love that links-style course. The Ault Clark-designed 18-hole, par-72 course is 7,232 yards from the back tees.

The signature hole is No. 3. The 169-yard, par-3 hole carries over water. Water comes into play on nine of the holes.

Also coming to Blytheville next year will be The Oaks at Thunder Bayou. The Thunder Bayou addition will be part of The First Tee of Arkansas program, its first in the northeast section of the state.

Warren Stephens is developing The Alotian Club, "a world-class golf facility" in western Pulaski County. But so far, everyone connected with the new course is keeping mum.

The folks at Chenal Country Club also seem to want to keep quiet about any details of the new Chenal course that's set to open in June.
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Date:Mar 24, 2003
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