Experience the Splendor of Golf

Designed by renowned golf course architect Perry Maxwell, our course was built in 1926 on the former site of Hardscrabble Farm, a fruit orchard. The course was renovated in 1998 by Jay and Carter Morrish, updating the bunkers and greens to the modern game while preserving the layout.

Hardscrabble golf has a rich history. In 1930, C.B. (Jess) Willard initiated the Hardscrabble Invitational Tournament. Over the years, the tournament became the C.B. Willard Memorial Tournament and then the Southwest Amateur Championship for the Willard Memorial Trophy. The same tournament continues today as our 4-Ball Invitational, one of the best golf events in the region.

The Hardscrabble Open, also known as the Hardscrabble Women’s Invitation, was a golf tournament played at the Hardscrabble Golf Club in Fort Smith, Arkansas from 1945 to 1953. It was an official LPGA Tour event from 1948 to 1950. Many famous lady players attended a meeting here and legend is that the LPGA Tour was born out of those meetings and this event. Past winners of the Hardscrabble Open include Patty Berg, Babe Zaharias, and Betty Jameson.

Alice Dye(Mrs. Pete) won the USGA Senior Women’s Championship here, and Mark Brooks and Bob Estes each won the Trans Mississippi Championships at Hardscrabble. Other championships have included the Women’s Southern, Western Women’s, Western Junior Girls’ Championship, and many ASGA Stroke and Match Play Championships.

Host to more than 13 PGA Nationwide Tour events, Hardscrabble continues to be a favorite among tour pros for its classic style of excellent conditioning. Come to Hardscrabble, and you’ll see why it is considered one of the finest courses in the region.

Golf Expertise

Jon Burton, PGA Head Professional,

Jon Burton joined the Hardscrabble team in 2012. He was the Senior Assistant Golf Professional from 2012 to the summer of 2017 before being promoted to Head Golf Professional. During this time, he worked hard to implement new formats, events, and programs. His golf staff is friendly, professional, well trained, and ready to assist the membership in all their activities. He is an excellent teacher and club fitter and has extensive experience with FlightScope and Trackman. He and his wife Nicole are the proud parents of Ian Brooks Burton, born August 26th, 2015.

  • South-Central Section, PGA Assistant Golf
  • Professional of the Year – 2014
  • Arkansas PGA Assistant Professional of the Year – 2014 and 2016
  • President of the PGA Assistant’s Association – 2014
  • Jordan Cup Team Member – 2015, 2014
  • Philbrick Cup Team Member-2016
  • Randy Beaver Cup Team Member – 2015, 2014, 2013
  • Titleist & FootJoy Staff Member
  • Arkansas PGA Chapter Champion- 2017

Chris Eckes, Assistant Golf Professional

Chris has been a part of the Hardscrabble golf staff since April of 2014. He played a vital role in the outside services operation while attending college. Chris played one year of college golf at the University of Dallas. He then transferred to the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, where he made the all conference team in 2017-2018. Chris also made the Ping All South Central Region team in the same year. Chris graduated in May of 2018 and started pursuing his dream of playing professional golf. Chris played a number of events on the APT Tour and attended MacKenzie Tour Q-School in 2018. He qualified for the tour and played 6 events in the 2018-2019 season. Chris uses his love for the game of golf to help players of all abilities achieve their own golf goals. Chris is currently an active PGA Associate and will be working towards his Class A membership with the PGA of America.

Golf Shop

2019 Arkansas Chapter PGA Private Club Golf Shop of the Year

An extensive selection of premium equipment and apparel awaits you in the Hardscrabble Golf Pro Shop, including Titleist, Callaway, Ping, Fairway & Green, Adidas, and more. The pro shop is your source for custom club fitting and golf instruction, as well as a unique selection of golf-themed gifts.

Ask about our quality merchandising program for corporate branding, including logo apparel, trophies, and incentive items.

The golf shop offers preferred pricing for members. Look for special discounts throughout the year on merchandise and equipment. A friendly, experienced team of retail specialists and PGA golf professionals are happy to assist you. We’re all about golf.

Golf Pro Shop Hours:
Summer Hours
Tuesday – Sunday
8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Winter Hours
Tuesday – Sunday
8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.