Between Pea Ridge and Springdale in Arkansas, Big Sugar Golf Club offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep Big Sugar Golf Club difficult yet friendly, and the staff can offer tips and tricks for playing your best round. The course was built in 2002 and designed by Jerry Slack. This is a 18 hole Par 72 course.
The club met some issues and closed in 2013. In 2015, the club reopen with new management and investors.
The front nine is pretty much split with the holes on the flat by a river and in the hills while most of the back nine plays in the hills on the other side of the clubhouse.
The 1st is a formidable par 5 that plays 590 yards (blue tee) with dense vegetation all down the left and a river down the right before the 2nd through the 6th are more target style golf. The 2nd, a 358 yard par 4, is a unique hole as it plays uphill and around a corner to the narrow green perched on a ledge with trouble all around. It is a hole where the accuracy better be spot on the whole way. The 3rd is a 229 yard par 3 that plays even longer as it is uphill. The green is large and in a bowl so it allows some room to miss. The 6th plays from an elevated tee over trouble to a wide fairway with a 2nd shot over the river. The rest of the holes on the front nine are parallel holes and play on the flat by the river.
The back is more interesting with sharper dog legs, more trouble, and some unusual holes. The 11th is a 475 yard par 5 where a big hitter can cut the corner off the tee before a second or third shot is played over a hazard to the green. From the 12th on I think the course will generate some stronger opinions of like or dislike. The 12th is a 416 yard par 4 that requires a layup off the tee to avoid running through the fairway but there is a creek that zig zags its way through the hole and makes it tough to even lay it up if out of position. The 13th is a scenic par 3 from an elevated tee and is the standout hole on the course to me. It is 150 yards on the card but played at least a club less. The green is small and requires an accurate shot to avoid the trouble all around the green.
The 15th is a 373 yard par 4 that needs a tee shot hit on a straight line from the tee before the ball will catch a slope and roll 40 or 50 yards straight right down the fairway to the bottom of the hill. The green is sloped severely from back to front and I thought it was a weak hole with some tricks. The 17th is another dogleg right with a fairway that runs out and the 18th is a 488 yard par 5 that plays downhill.
Big Sugar Golf Club is open to the public. All green fees include cart.
Cart fees apply to all non-golfing riders ($5 per rider for 9 holes, $10 per rider for 18 holes).