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New courses open around the state.

A pair of exclusive golf courses that opened in the past year share the distinction of being the brainchildren of wealthy heads of Arkansas corporations.

Warren Stephens, chairman, president and CEO of Little Rock's Stephens Inc., spent an estimated $18 million to turn a 1,200-acre spread in west Pulaski County into a golf lover's paradise.

The Alotian Club, which opened last Labor Day weekend, covers 300 acres of hilly, pine-dominated terrain. The 18-hole, par-72 course features bent grass greens and Zoysia fairways.

Another man who has found enough time to work on his golf game while managing a Fortune 500 company is John Tyson, chairman and CEO of Springdale's Tyson Foods Inc.

Construction at Tyson's project, The Blessing Golf Club in Johnson, is almost complete. Like Alotian, The Blessing is an exclusive club, so much so that representatives will not even give specifics about the course.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville golf team, however, has been lucky enough to practice at the Robert Trent Jones-designed course.

Perhaps one of the most popular new courses opened in the past year is Hot Springs Village's Granada Golf Course, which finished second in this year's readers poll. (See story, Page 16.)

The 18-hole, par-72 course designed by Tom Clark opened in June.

Also opening was the 18-hole, par-71 River Valley Golf Course in Alma. The public course has Bermuda greens and fairways.

And the Course at Eagle Mountain in Batesville is a semiprivate, 18-hole, par-72 course featuring bent grass greens and Zoysia fairways.
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Title Annotation:Golf Notes
Comment:New courses open around the state.(Golf Notes)
Publication:Arkansas Business
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 21, 2005
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