Hot Springs Village Gets Seventh Course

Hot Springs Village, a 26,000-acre private-gated community in Arkansas, saw its seventh golf course, Isabella, open on September 1, 2000. An eighth course, Grenada, is next up; it’s slated to open in 2004. Tom Clark of Ault, Clark and Associates, Ltd., designed all of Hot Springs Village’s courses, and will design Grenada as well.

Occupying 230 acres, the 18-hole, par-72 Isabella track plays as long as 7,060 yards from the tips or as short as 4,969 yards from the forward tees. The course is characterized by swales – which proffer awkward lies – on many holes. Another impediment to par is water, which is found on half of the holes.

Isabella, like the other six courses in the Village named after famous explorers – Ponce de Leon, DeSoto, Balboa, Cortez, Magellan and Coronado – has its own clubhouse. The Benham Group from nearby Bella Vista, Arkansas designed the 3,280-square-foot structure, which opened March 1, 2001.

As the name indicates, Hot Springs Village is abundantly blessed with many natural springs. Other amenities at the resort community include eight recreational lakes, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a full-service fitness center, 16 tennis courts, 16 miles of nature trails, a performing arts center, library, community center and much more.

To learn more about the golf at Hot Springs Village, call 501/922-5533.