American Society of Golf Course Architects

Hole of the Month

Tom Clark, ASGCA
Diamante Country Club - Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
17th Hole • Par 4

Tom Clark, ASGCA

Designer Notes:

Diamante, which means “the diamond”, was ranked the number one course in Arkansas in 1997 through 2001. This private country club, owned by Cooper Communities and Club Corporation of American, is in the heart of Hot Springs Village, where we developed seven other 18-hole golf courses. Diamante now hosts the Arkansas Classic a Tour event, which was won last year in its inaugural event by Brett Quigley. The overall course is the longest in the state at 7,560 yards; and the 17th hole is a Par 4 measuring just 315 yards from the Diamond tees, 301 from the Championship tees, 284 from the Regular tees, and down to 259 yards from the Masters tees.

This risk reward Par 4 is a temptation to the big hitters who can have a go at the green from the tee, but disaster lurks in the form of bunkers and water that surrounds the putting surface on three sides. The smart play may be a medium to long iron off the tee allowing a full shot to the large inviting putting surface. You may be rewarded with a birdie if you hit it close from one of the three distinct quadrants, which separates the putting surface. Those needing to make eagle can take their chances, but alas they might find a watery grave.