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“a really fun golf course”

Homestead Old Course
Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Hot Springs
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Owner description: Redesigned by Rees Jones, this historic 18-hole golf course has been transformed into a challenging par-72 layout.
Reviewed July 7, 2013

While Rees Jones has made a hash of other resort courses (like the Equinox in Vt), his work here is good, perhaps because he did not do very much to the course -- he added 9, 10, and 18, and changed 1 and 2. (He may have changed 6 -- old 5 -- I don't remember, and I think his 9 mimics an old hole whose green was too close to the highway for safety.) What is really interesting about the course is that the greens are now like true mountain course greens -- you have to read them carefully before putting, and so getting on in regulation does not assure a par. So the course is short, on interesting terrain, not so hard to get on the green in regulation (or whatever you normally do), and then fun to putt -- what could be better. It doesn't challenge you with hazards or length, it does challenge you to hit your best shot (sometimes from a sidehill or downhill lie), and then it challenges your putting. For a fun round of golf, what is not to like?
Plus, the golfhouse attendants are very helpful. For extra services, like shoe-shining or getting you a tee-off time ahead of a large party, a tip is appropriate.

Thank Weyden
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

A classic design with great conditions. Lots of variation in hole lengths and designs. A lot of fun!

Thank Mike F
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

My gift for my parents round of golf was "lost" and no one cared to accommodate to them or bother notifying me.

Thank M C
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We had a nice time on a Saturday afternoon playing nine on the old course. We used a cart. We liked the views and the pace of play was good-- there was no one else in sight. We'd definitely golf here again.

Thank Canada_girl28
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Course is in excellent condition. No water hazards which is a plus. Greens are fairly fast. Folks in the clubhouse very helpful.

Thank vdad
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