Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
A new avenue to learn about all the activities and events available at Hot Springs Village has recently opened in Hot Springs. The Hot Springs Village Discovery Center is located in the historic Wade Building at 231 Central Avenue and is next to the Arlington Hotel, which is the largest hotel in Arkansas.
Hot Springs Village is around 15 miles from Hot Springs and is one of the largest gated communities in the nation. Located on 26,000 acres in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, there are a range of recreational outlets for residents and visitors to take on including 9 golf courses, 11 lakes, around 30 miles of trails, tennis courts, marinas, and activities like pickleball, one of the fastest growing racquet sports in the U.S. There are artisan markets at community gathering spots like Grove Park, cultural events and performances at venues such as the Woodlands Auditorium, an RV park and many clubs, including the largest bridge club in the nation. The community is also the scene of the annual Tri-the-Village sprint triathlon.
Hot Springs Village is known as a prime golfing destination. The DeSoto Golf Course, which opened in the early 1970s, was the first course to open there. The DeSoto Club, which is located on the course and was designed by renowned Arkansas architect E. Fay Jones, recently underwent a renovation and can host a range of events from weddings to garden parties.