Springdale, Arkansas Advertising and Promotion Commission has created a new regional website to grow golf tourism economy in the northwest area of the state. The new website, NWAGolfTrail.com, was developed to provide golf travelers a single source to book tee times and hotel reservations.
Currently the website provides online booking at eight Springdale area hotels and five regional golf clubs. Participating hotels represent more than 760 beautifully appointed rooms and include the Holiday Inn of Northwest Arkansas, Comfort Suites, Doubletree by Hilton, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott and the Sleep Inn & Suites.
A little information on the courses:
Big Sugar Golf Club might sound sweet, but it is tough as nails. The back tees of the 18 hole, par 72 layout measure 7,201 yards and have a 76.9/150 rating/slope. There are five sets of tees and beautiful scenery to make your day at Big Sugar less bitter. The Zoysia fairways play to 007 Bent Grass greens and it is a challenge from the get-go.
Springdale Country Club, established in 1927, is set in the center of the town, and is an 18 hole, par 72, 6673 yard favorite for its members and guests with great greens, 4 sets of tees and a 26,000 square foot clubhouse to enjoy.
Eagle Crest Golf Club is a Golf Digest four star rated 6867 yard course designed by the 1977 Players Champion, Mark Hayes, and opened in 1997. The course offers spectacular views of the Arkansas River Valley with four sets of tees, and a true test of golf and a favorite among the better players in the area.
Stonebridge Meadows is the home for the Arkansas Razorbacks and the premier facility in Northwest Arkansas. The 7,150 yard beauty was carved out of the base of the Ozark Mountains and valleys, with lots of trouble and challenges to test the best, but at the same time enjoying the aesthetics of one of the “Natural State’s” finest golf courses. with five sets of tees.
Bella Vista Country Club is located in the residential and retirement community of Bella Vista, a 36,000 acre recently incorporated town with 26,000 residents with six 18 hole golf clubs and one 9-hole executive course all with its own clubhouse. You have your choice of totally different layouts cut through the Ozark foothills.
There you have it- ten 18 hole courses and one 9-hole available in the Northwest Golf Trail, which guides golfers through a simple three-step process to identify their travel dates, reserve the hotel preference and book tee times needed by their traveling party while here. Bella Vista, Stonebridge Meadows and Eagle Crest are also part of the statewide Natural State Golf Trail.
“Of the thousands of tourists visiting Northwest Arkansas each year, research shows many have an interest in adding a round of golf while they are here,” said Roger Davis, Chairman of the Springdale Advertising and Promotion Commission. “We also know that the area, being centrally located in the Midwest, is growing in popularity as a destination for golf groups seeking new and challenging courses.”
In addition to providing online booking of golf and lodging, the website also gives visitors easy access to local tourism professionals eager to assist with decisions about dining and popular regional attractions.
“With NWAGolfTrail.com we can share our golf story directly with players across the country,” said Perry Webb, President of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce. “Golfers are constantly searching for new experiences, destinations and courses and we have a great product to offer.”
“This is how golfers plan their trips today,” Webb added. “We’re providing a welcome service that will benefit our local economy. As we promote NWAGolfTrail.com outside our region, it will be easy to quantify the impact this effort is having.”