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The Alotian Golf Club

USA, Arkansas, Little Rock
6.6 (7)
Designer: Tom Fazio
Course Opened: 2004

The Alotian Club is an ultra-private golf club in Arkansas, its 18-hole layout designed by Tom Fazio and first opening for play in 2004.

 

Golf Digest Magazine says in its 2013/2014 rankings profile:

The Alotian Club gives us a hint of what Augusta National would have looked like had Bobby Jones established his dream course in Atlanta. The first tee shot drops 70 feet to a fairway below, with the approach playing back uphill. The tee on the 205-yard par-3 sixth sits 85 feet above the green. Alotian, founded by Warren Stephens, son of former Masters chairman Jackson Stephens, and designed by Tom Fazio, consulting golf architect at Augusta National for more than a decade, is the first (and still only) course in Arkansas ever to make America's 100 Greatest. When it joined the list in 2011 at No. 14, it was the second-highest ranked newcomer ever, behind only Harbour Town. Alotian's name, by the way, comes from the annual golf trips Stephens once took with his buddies, always playing 100 Greatest courses. He called it America's Lights Out Tour, and they were the Alotians.

 

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