The Burns Park Golf Course is one of three or four public courses in the Little Rock area. The park area has facilities for many outdoor activities to include softball, soccer, tennis, etc… The Arkansas River Trail runs along the nearby Arkansas River and provides miles of scenic views for cycling and running enthusiasts. Another point of interest is the nearby Big Dam Bridge, notably the Western Hemisphere’s longest pedestrian-only bridge.
The golf course itself is usually a fun experience. I normally opt for the ten dollar twilight walking rate after 4 P.M., but there are other options. In general the course plays fairly short. There are several par 4s under four hundred yards and most of the par 5s barely top 500 yards. Despite the length, the course does provide a challenge as many of the greens are fairly small. The various water hazards and trees add another element of difficulty.
One unique feature of the course is the wildlife that is routinely present. I have spotted several deer and at least one blue heron during my rounds at the course. I think the combination of the Arkansas River and the relatively undisturbed natural setting provides a good habitat for these animals.
The pro shop and driving range are pretty standard as far as public golf courses go. The driving range has both grass and turf tee areas as well as a practice chipping and putting green.