Springdale links its hotels to the NWA golf scene with a new website

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The Springdale Advertising and Promotion Commission on Wednesday (April 5) announced the launch of a new regional website designed to promote Northwest Arkansas’ golf tourism.

NWAGolfTrail.com provides online booking for golf courses and hotels in one place.

Right now, eight Springdale hotels and five regional golf courses are featured, including the Bella Vista Country Club, Big Sugar Golf Club in Pea Ridge, Eagle Crest Golf Club in Alma, Springdale Country Club and Stonebridge Meadows in Fayetteville.

Hotels include the Holiday Inn of Northwest Arkansas, Comfort Suites, DoubleTree by Hilton, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott and the Sleep Inn & Suites.

“Of the thousands of tourists visiting Northwest Arkansas each year, research shows many have an interest in adding a round of golf while they’re here,” Roger Davis, chair of the A&P, said in a press release. Davis is general manager of of the Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn. “We also know that Northwest Arkansas, being centrally located in the Midwest, is growing in popularity as a destination for golf groups seeking new and challenging courses.

“We’ve got great golf and outstanding lodging options to offer these sports to tourists who have considerable disposable income,” he said. “We’re excited about providing these consumers with an easier way to visit and experience our part of the state.”

Bella Vista Country Club is one of six regulation 18-hole courses in Bella Vista Village. There is also one executive nine-hole course. The Country Club is highlighted at the new website, but visitors will have access to the other courses in the village if they book multiple room nights.

Stonebridge Meadows, designed by Randy Heckenkemper, features five sets of tees that can stretch out to 7,150 yards, according to the A&P press release. Eagle Crest Golf Club was designed by 1977 Tournament Players champion Mark Hayes and features Zoysia fairways, and Springdale Country Club has a 6,673-yard, par 72 course. Big Sugar, also with Zoysia fairways, can play to 7,201 yards.

The website also features regional dining options.

“With NWAGolfTrail.com, we can share our golf story directly with players across the country,” Perry Webb, president of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce, said in the press release. “Golfers are constantly searching for new experiences, destinations and courses, and we have a great product to offer.

“This is how golfers plan their trips now,” Webb said. “We’re providing a welcome service that will benefit our local economy. As we promote NWAGolfTrail.com outside our region, it will be easy to quantify the impact this effort is having.”

The Natural State Golf Trail offers a similar service statewide. Launched several years ago, the Natural State Golf Trail is part of the Arkansas Hospitality Association.

Bella Vista Country Club, Stonebridge Meadows and Eagle Crest Golf Club all are also part of the Natural State Golf Trail.