The name "Arkansas" derives from the same root as the name for the state of Kansas. The Kansas tribe of Native Americans are closely associated with the Sioux tribes of the Great Plains. The word "Arkansas" itself is a French pronunciation of a Quapaw a related "Kaw" tribe) word meaning "land of downriver people" or "people of the south wind". The pronunciation of Arkansas was made official by an act of the state legislature in 1881 after a dispute between the two U.S. Senators from Arkansas. One wanted to pronounce the name with the similar sound of Ar-Kansas and the other wanted Ar-Kan-Saw.
The diverse geography and simple beauty of The Natural State are great complements to the game of golf. The Ozark Mountains that provide gentle rolling hills, hardwood forests, pristine streams and deep blue mountain lakes. In the Ouachita Mountains, which cover the south-west quarter of the state, these magnificent golf courses are designed from land covered with tall pines, rivers, lakes and natural springs. The Arkansas Delta and Grand Prairie are naturally suited to Scottish links courses.
The Central Arkansas region features several popular Little Rock golf courses, where you can experience almost all the terrain types found throughout the state.