From their very inception, the golf courses at Chenal were destined to be ranked among the most prestigious in the nation. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., both the Founders Course and the Bear Den Mountain Course are imaginatively conceived, dramatically beautiful and extraordinarily challenging. Mr. Jones, creator of more than 125 of the world’s best courses, including Monterey and Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, CA, preserved the integrity of the rolling, wooded terrain of western Little Rock while developing two majestic courses.
Chenal Country Club opened the Founders Course in 1990 and the Bear Den Course in 2003. Each course presents a daunting array of shot-making requirements, but can be played by beginning and intermediate golfers as well. The multiple tees allow each course to play at yardages for all levels of play. The Zoysia fairways offer an exceptional lie and the Bentgrass greens present the highest putting surface available.
With it’s tight, tree-lined fairways, crystal clear creeks and protected wildlife areas, the 7,326-yard Bear Den Course incorporates the natural features of the site, distinguishing it from the more open qualities of the original Founders Course. At 7,115 yards, nestled along many of the original neighborhoods in Chenal Valley, Founders has been ranked as “America’s top 100 Modern Golf Courses” by Golfweek magazine, and “#1 in Arkansas” by Golf Digest.
They say practice makes perfect, but who says you can’t practice in style? In addition to our two championship golf courses, our practice facilities open up a wide range of possibilities for teaching the game of golf in a fun and entertaining manner.
The Golf Shop is a place to talk about your rounds, pick up some golf gear, post your score, or just chat with the pro. Chenal Country Club’s Golf Shop offers all of those services and more. Our cozy Golf Shop offers access to the latest equipment, and is stocked with products to help your game and make sure you look good doing it.
We have a full golf calendar, complete with tournaments and events for everyone!
Azalea Classic – Member-Member tournament
Oak Leaf Classic – Member-Guest tournament
Southern Invitational Cup
Valley Cup Challenge
Since 1993, Chenal Country Club has been involved with the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) an Audubon International program. ACSP provides information, guidance and support to assist golf courses in conducting proactive environmental projects. We have many sound environmental practices in place at Carlton Woods and the ACSP has helped us expand upon these practices to gain recognition both nationally and within our community.
The Cooperative Sanctuary Program addresses five key environmental quality areas:
- Wildlife and Habitat Management
- Pesticide Use and Safety and Reduction
- Water Conservation
- Water Quality Management
- Outreach and Education
The Founders Course was designated by the ACSP as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in April 2000 and has qualified for recertification every year since. The Bear Den Course achieved certification in 2005 and has achieved recertification each year since as well.