Good course. The greens are in the best shape I have ever seen them in. They now the fairways but not the tee boxes. Pretty long course too.
about 2 months ago
This course is in desperate need of improvement. I played yesterday and was completely disappointed. If you don't feel like reading all this, let me just tell you to save your money. If you're a visitor, you're probably better off driving to Fort Smith or Alma to play. I recommend Eagle Crest in Alma, but it's a bit of a trek from Poteau.
1. The fairways had evidently not been mowed in a while. I'm no expert on species of weeds, but one particular species of weed was literally up to my knee. That's not an exaggeration. Most of the grass/weeds were several inches tall (hard to find your ball) even in the dead middle of the fairway. Worst fairways I've ever played anywhere. Bar none.
2. The greens were covered in some sort of rock/dirt/??? mix that made putting impossible. I'm not sure what that stuff was, but it reminded me of oil dry like you'd see where people are cleaning up an oil spill in a shop. I'd say at least 14 of the greens were covered so bad you couldn't putt. The other 4 weren't terrible, but you'd still hit them occasionally.
Furthermore, the greens weren't cut very short. They look good (other than the rocks), and they're fairly receptive, but they need to be maintained. They have some dead spots even with tall grass. It's clear that there isn't enough effort or manpower to maintain the greens properly.
3. There was only one employee there from what I could tell. I didn't see anyone there other than a couple of other members, who were jerks.
4. The cost of playing this course is similar to that of places like Ben Geren and Eagle Crest, but the course, hospitality, and amenities are severely lacking.
5. They're more strict about the dress code than any course I've ever played, yet their course is definitely the worst I've ever played at that price level. My friend showed up without a collar, and they wouldn't let them play. It doesn't make a lot of sense for such a ratty course. I used to play regularly in Fort Smith and DO play regularly in Tulsa. I've never seen the staff or club members of any course act so arrogantly.
6. Someone else mentioned that there wasn't water available in the course. I can confirm this. You can see where they used to be, but they aren't anymore. Not having water in August is beyond unacceptable.
3 months ago
Great course to play, they need to add some water jugs to the course. It gets hot out there.