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Heber Springs, AR  72543-7917
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Red Apple Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

71 par | 6,431 yards | 128 slope

71.5 rating | Bermuda grass

Recommend this course: +1 -1

Red Apple Golf Course Description


The 18-hole "Red Apple" course at the Red Apple Inn & Country Club facility in Heber Springs, Arkansas features 6,431 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 71.5 and it has a slope rating of 128 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Gary Panks, ASGCA, the Red Apple golf course opened in 1969. Dave Smith manages the course as the General Manager.

Course Reviews


I have a lake house on Eden Isle where The Red Apple is located so I play up here very often. It is a fabulous course with mandy views of the lake. It isn't the most difficult course but is fun and great for a good Sunday afternoon round. The signature hole here is the 2nd. It is a spectacular downhill par 3 that drops about 80 feet from the green to the tee. There are two bunkers in the back and one in the front so it demands alot of touch. If you want to play this course stay at the Red Apple Inn and your room will be 100 yards from the first tee. If you stay at the resort be sure to take a swim in the lake.

Good resort golf

Visited Red Apple Inn with my family in late March (our room was less than 150 yards from the first tee) and took advantage of their Golf Inclusive package, which is one free round of golf for each night stayed. This does not include cart or range balls; I walked and hit one warmup bucket, so my round cost a whopping $4!

In retrospect, I wish I'd sprung for the cart; this is one tough hike. Very hilly, which adds to the interest of the round. Course is treelined and there's a fair amount of OB, but fairways are generously wide. Since this was my first full round of the spring, I made the decision to leave my driver in the bag, and it was a good decision; I was playing from the short grass most of the day and the moderate length let me get away with the loss of distance. If you're a straight hitter, you'll like this course. If you spray the ball, be prepared to chop out of the woods or retee frequently thanks to OB. Lots of doglegs here, too. There are no forced carries; all the water is lateral and you can run the ball up on many greens if the ground isn't too soft. Although the course is on a peninsula in Greers Ferry Lake, it's on higher ground and well away from the shores of GFL. However, the elevation gives you nice views of the lake and surrounding mountains in many spots, and there are numerous flowering dogwoods that make the course very attractive visually -- as long as you're not punching shots from under them. I would think the views in September and October of the fall foliage would be even more striking. There are no creeks or streams on the course.

Bunkering is generally at the outer corner of doglegs and alongside, but not too much in front of, the greens. I thought the course had been overwatered a bit; there hasn't been any rain in the area in a while, but there was quite a bit of standing water in low areas. I would have liked to play it when there was a bit more run in the fairways. Greens are bentgrass, with subtle breaks, and VERY quick; misreads and long comeback putts are a major issue for someone like me accustomed to slower bermuda greens. They were in good shape; I couldn't say as much for the fairways, which were still mostly dormant with some areas of new growth, and there are quite a few places off the fairway that are basically gravel. Lies were good in the fairway, though.

The most memorable hole is #2, a par 3 that runs steeply downhill. I'd estimate the green is 75-plus feet below the tee, but you can't just bounce one down the hill and hope to reach the green. I underclubbed downhill, chipped up and two-putted for bogey.

Overall, I enjoyed it and will play there again at other times of the year. Posted green fees were quite reasonable, even without the golf package for guests of the inn.

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  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Steven C. N/A 45 45 07/08/10
2 David W. 18 92 74 10/22/08
3 Jon B. 14 92 78 10/23/08
4 justin A. 12 90 78 08/22/08
5 justin A. 12 90 78 08/13/08
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Steven C. N/A 45 45 07/08/10
6 scott G. 1 80 79 07/25/09
3 Jon B. 14 92 78 10/23/08
7 Jon B. 14 96 82 10/23/08
2 David W. 18 92 74 10/22/08

Golf Course Information

About Red Apple Inn

Red Apple Inn & Country Club

Resort and Community facility

15 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Awards at Red Apple Inn

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Course Staff

Dave Smith, General Manager
Trey Miller, PGA, Golf Professional
Josh Rawlinson, Superintendent

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