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The Best Public and Private Golf Courses in Arkansas

Arkansas has many variations in terrain, with many mountainous golf courses in the upstate. But to find Natural State’s top-rated public-access golf course, head south toward the Louisiana Line.

There, in El Dorado, you’ll find Mystic Creek Golf Club, a Kenneth Dye Jr. course that opened in 2013. Mystic Creek is Arkansas’ highest-ranked course on the list of the best courses you can play from Golfweek for public golf.

Golfweek’s Best offers numerous lists of course rankings, with the list of the best courses available to the public among the most popular. All of the courses on this list allow public access in one way or another, whether it’s standard daily green fees, through a resort, or by staying at an affiliated hotel. If there is a will, there is a starting time.

Also popular are the Top Golfweek rankings of the best private courses in each state, and that list is also included below.

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Big Creek in Arkansas (Courtesy of Big Creek)

1. Mystical Stream
El Dorado (m)

2. Village Creek Ridges
Wynne (m)

T3. CC Hot Springs (Arlington)
Hot springs (c)

T3. big stream
Mountain house (m)

5. Mountain Ranch
Fairfield Bay (m)

The University of Arkansas Blessings Golf Club

Blessings in Arkansas (Adam Woodard/Golfweek)

1. Alotian Club
Roland (m)

2. Texarkana CC
Texarkana (c)

3. Blessings
Fayetteville (m)

4. Hardscrabble
Fort Smith (c)

5. Channel (Founders)*
Small Rock (m)

The hundreds of members of Golfweek’s Best Review Panel continuously evaluate courses and rate them against 10 criteria on a 1-10 point basis. They also provide a unique overall rating for each course. These overall scores are averaged to produce these rankings.