The Alotian Club is a private, 18-hole giolf course located in Roland, Arkansas.
The Alotian Club golf course first opened for play in 2004. The course was designed by Tom Fazio. The par 72 course plays to a maximum distance of 7,405 yards.
If your a member of Augusta National, you live in and love Arkansas, money is plentiful and you want your own course, what do you do. Well if you are Warren Stephens, The chairman, president and chief executive officer of Little Rock's Stephens Inc. you build a money is no object course on the finest property you can find, hire Tom fazio to work out the design, and name it Alotian.
Warren Stephens (Google him) has the financial means to make "golf paradise" happen. Money was no object in this reported 18 million dollar creation. Example: Each of the greens features an underground system capable of cooling or warming the Bentgrass roots to a 10-degree differential with the air temperature.
The 18-hole course covers 300 acres of hilly and often steep terrain that meanders through predominated woods. A network of lakes, the largest of which covers 28 acres, supplies the irrigation needs of the Zoysia and Bentgrass playing areas and landscaping greenery. Pumping stations also provide a steady flow to keep creeks wet year round and alive with running water, a sound Stephens loves.
Real estate records indicate Stephens invested more than $6.2 million to buy the land south of Highway 10 from Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado, and he said last week that he is talking to Deltic about adding some more acreage. He spent nearly $1.2 million more to buy a 300-acre farm between Roland and Natural Steps to excavate top soil for the course.
Stephens has invited a few select golfers from in and out of state to become non-equity members for a reported six-figure entry fee. Guests, no doubt restricted in number, will expand the Alotian census from time to time.
Most of the fairways are generous, and bordered by merciful roughs.
Contrary to popular notion, and despite Stephens' belief that caddy programs are important to the game, Alotian will be a carts-only course out of consideration to the topography. The steepest of the holes is No. 6, with a 100-foot elevation change from the 200-yard championship tees to the green, linked by a serpentine cart path sporting rock retaining walls.
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