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Championship at Burns Park Golf Course

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Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Par 71
Length 6734 yards
Slope 128
Rating 72.1
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6734 yards 72.1 128
Blue 71 6199 yards 69.6 122
White 71 5725 yards 67.3 119
White (W) 71 5725 yards 73.8 134
Red (W) 71 5138 yards 69.2 117
Scorecard for Championship
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 72.1/128 310 220 444 551 132 440 448 192 633 3370 430 500 395 140 380 428 200 384 507 3364 6734
Blue M: 69.6/122 295 198 404 532 125 392 405 170 588 3109 400 474 375 127 370 360 171 362 451 3090 6199
White M: 67.3/119 W: 73.8/134 285 164 382 501 112 364 375 146 538 2867 373 445 345 114 318 340 161 333 429 2858 5725
Red W: 69.2/117 276 147 331 460 106 338 353 122 450 2583 345 395 310 104 273 295 115 318 400 2555 5138
Handicap 15 5 3 1 17 11 7 13 9 6 4 2 18 16 10 12 14 8
Par 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 35 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 36 71
Handicap (W) 11 13 7 1 17 9 3 15 5 4 8 2 18 14 6 12 16 10

Course Details

Year Built 1961
Golf Season Year round
Architect Joe Finger

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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a tale of two nines

When we arrived at Pleasant Valley country club this morning to play our round we found the club closed (still) from the storms that had just come through the region.

We quickly fired up all 37 (3) of our electronic devices and started scanning for courses in the area. Few were open and even fewer with tee times available, however Burns State Park came through for us.

Burns is a municipal course (we actually found them on the local CVB web page) within a state park that has two 18 hole courses. We played the more challenging Championship course, which has hosted the Arkansas Open Championship for 26 years. Teeing it up on the first hole, this appeared to be a municipal golf course in every sense of the word, including this gem just off the third fairway…

However as we went, the course – while still quite flat – started tightening up. It could be argued that the par 5 fourth hole played as hard (from the blues) as any hole I have played on this trip. It’s flat as a pancake, but the landing area off the tee is tiny (getting smaller the further you hit it). I tried to hit a draw and would up hooking it behind a thick set of trees bump and running my way up the hole.

Still, all and all the front nine was benign to say the least. However, the back nine was more than a surprise; comparatively, more of a revelation. Teeing off form the elevated #10 tee I felt like I was playing on a mountain course.

Number 11 improved on that with a creek running down the left hand side of the hole, crossing just beyond the landing zone and an uphill approach from there. #12 played from an elevated tee, down into a valley, but then right back uphill for the approach. Melanie and I discussed the possibility of having accidentally jumped onto a different course. This hits just kept coming after that, including this lovely little bridge to the 15th green.

By the time we walked off the 18th green I was more than pleasantly surprised by the course. It would be a great place to play nine (the back nine), but on the whole for a walk-on week day round (I was one of two people I saw on the course throughout the round) it was a fun little course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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