Developers and golfers alike claim The Greens at Nutters Chapel was worth the wait.
A long, long wait.
On a scorching afternoon, The Greens, an apartment/golf complex that had its grand opening Thursday, is the first 18-hole public course in Conway.
Lyndy Lindsey, who designed the 6,800-plus yard, par-72 course off south Salem Road in southeast Conway, encouraged both golfers and dignataries to check out the nine holes on the back of the course away from the apartments. They’ll find a wooded course, dotted with lakes and small ponds along rolling hills with vistas many have not experienced in Conway. There are elevated tees with woodland views along ridges, blind uphill tee shots, elevated greens and greens in a valley that require delicate lob shots.
"People will discover a course that is not just played around apartments," said Lyndsey. "You move into a setting where you feel would be fine for deer hunting or something like that."
"This is 18 holes of golf the likes that has not been seen in Conway," said Hal Crafton, who helped develop the project for Lindsey Management. "This is one of the nicest public courses in the state."
It’s a companion course/living complex to The Greens at Cadron Valley, which offers nine holes.
"Now, people can play 27 holes of golf on a public course (Cadron and Nutters Chapel) and not leave Conway," Crafton said.
Members of Centennial Valley Golf and Athletic Club also have golf and recreation priviledges at Nutters Chapel.
The course has Bermuda greens, fairways, tees and roughs.
It also offers a clubhouse that has a country club style lounge area with big-screen television, a large exercise area on the second floor, an activity room for billiards and table tennis, tanning beds and a sauna and hot tub.
In addition to membership packages, green fees for guests are $21 weekday and $26 weekend. Cart fees are $14 per 18 holes.
Along the course, beside a swimming pool, is an indoor practice area for the University of Central Arkansas golf team. The small building has lockers in the back and large overhead doors that can open up to the driving range so golfers can hit drives or irons in inclement weather. Soon, the practice area will be equipped with a big-screen television and video setup where swings can be analyzed.
"I’m really excited about it," said Ryke Dismuke, UCA’s golf coach.
"I think this is property people will enjoy for 100 years," said Jim Lindsey, the former Razorback star and head of Lindsey Management who played a round of golf on the course Thursdeay with his sons. "And when I think of the hundreds of thousands of people who will enjoy these facilities and these affordable apartment units over those 100 years, I feel we’ve done a good deed for the city of Conway and its families."