At the beginning of August, Steve went to Fayetteville, AR to play golf with one of our contributing editors, Bruce. His member guest golf tournament was a three day event the first weekend of the month.
When we travel we want to play a couple different places to see what they are like. On the day he arrived they played golf at Stonebridge Meadows Golf Club.
Stonebridge Meadows is a member of the Natural State Golf Trail. This is comprised of 12 great facilities in the state of Arkansas. They allow members and visitors a chance to play some great golf courses.
Stonebridge Meadows has all of the characteristics of a great golf course. Great greens, tough holes, scenic views and for but a few areas a great conditioned golf course.
The golf course opens with a down hill par 4. You need to make sure you keep the ball down the right side of the fairway. If you are down the left side you will be blocked out by some trees the will make your second shot almost impossible.
The second hole is a par 5 that has a fairway that you can land a 747 on it is so wide. It is a great hole to “let the big dog eat” and try to get home in two. The green had a lot of slope in it so you need to pay attention to your putt.
Number 5 is one of the most difficult holes in the State of Arkansas. This dog leg right par 4 requires almost a perfect tee shot to the sloping fairway. Once you get out about 250 yards the fairway goes down hill sloping to the right. There is a creek at the bottom of the hill. The second shot plays straight up hill to a sloping green with a false front. Any shot with spin on it will come off the front of the green into thick rough.
The back nine opens with a position hole par 4. You need to hit a hybrid off the tee to avoid the water in the fairway. The approach is played with a short iron into a green sloping from right to left.
Fourteen is a great par 4 with water in between you and the hole that you can’t see standing on the tee. You need to keep your tee shot left. For your approach, you need to avoid the bunkers around the green to give yourself the best chance to make a par.
Eighteen is a great dogleg right par 5. The bigger hitters have a chance to get home in two with great tee shot. There is water right on your second shot so you need to hit a great shot to get home in two.
We did find the bent grass greens to be amazing. The layout was a challenging test of golf for players of all abilities. The bunkers, however, left something to be desired. We had to play lift, clean and place in the bunkers as they drained poorly and were full of mud and rocks. This was really the only issue with a great day of golf.
Dads Say So, if you are in North West Arkansas and are looking for a great place to play golf you need to check out Stonebridge Meadows. For those of you wondering, yes there is a Stonebridge on the golf course. If you are looking for fast greens, a great test and some great views make sure you book your tee time today. For more information go to stonebridgemeadows.com.