Granada Golf Course
Real Championship Course with views.
I am a full-time Hot Springs Village Resident and this is my favorite course. First time players need to have full hole gps to navigate. From the tees most holes are not too difficult.
Length is an asset, especially if you play the blue tees. Only single digit players that can carry the ball 250 should play the blues. The tips (black tees) are punishing. It isn't just distance, the blue and black tees come from more difficult angles. But the white tees will suit just about every recreational golfer. Seniors and shorter hitters shouldn't hesitate to play the silver or gold tees. Almost every hole at Granada has a generous landing area and most favor a draw. There are a few "driveable" par 4s, #2 and #10. But miss to one side or the other and bogey is a good score. Most second shots will be uphill and require adding a club. Green speed varies with the weather, but are always manageable. Granada has two of the toughest (but fair) finishing holes in the game. I have walked off of 16 under par and finished +3.
Sometimes the views will distract you, especially on holes 4, 10 and 15-18. Bring your camera phone. In non-winter months do not stray near the creek that meanders through #12 unless you have a fondness for cotton mouth snakes. When you are coming up 18 you'll have an audience sitting on the patio of the clubhouse.
The driving range is around the corner, a block or so away and nicely arranged. Pat and her crew in the pro shop will help you in every way they can, just ask. I wish there was a better situation for snacks at the turn. The restaurant, Tanner's, is nice but not suited for the typical quick in and out.
July 17, 2015
Played in a tournament here. Hadn't played this course in some time and there are a couple of holes that you need to be familiar with to play them effectively. Regardless, this is a scenic course that I thoroughly enjoy. It is challenging and the only issue that I have is that I would speed up the greens. They are considerably slower than the other courses nearby. All in all you have to put this one on your list.
June 8, 2015