Routed through a rocky Arkansas forest of cathedral pines and blooming dogwoods, the original 7,149-yard golf course at Chenal Country Club anchors a successful residential community. Our parkland design features seven lakes, a series of meandering streams, and numerous boldly contoured bunkers. Chenal Country Club is one of the highest rated courses in the Southeastern United States. A second Robert Trent Jones II-designed eighteen-hole course at Chenal opened in 2003.
One of our goals at Chenal was to deliver immaculate conditions for the club's private members in spite of such difficult site characteristics as hilly terrain and underlying bedrock. A state-of-the-art drainage system-including bunkers lined with a layer of pea gravel-helps move storm water quickly off the course. We specified creeping bentgrass for Chenal's putting surfaces, and a Zoysia variety that provides exceptional drainage and consistently good lies for the fairways.
We designed Chenal Country Club to look and play like a classic American parkland course, integrating numerous elevated tees into a routing that consists of two nine-hole loops converging in front of the clubhouse on a green shared by holes nine and eighteen. Bunkers, often clustered together, create a safe side and a risky side on most greens. At number six, a 203-yard par three, we used a natural amphitheater that lies just beyond a creek as a perfect green site, enhancing it with four bunkers.
An extensive practice facility, along with the second eighteen-hole golf course, have consolidated Chenal's reputation as one of Arkansas's and the American Southeast's finest private clubs, thereby increasing the value of the surrounding real estate.