Paradise Valley Athletic Club was established in 1967 by local PGA Professional, Ellis Bogan, on a 120-acre plot of land that was once considered “in the country” along Mud Creek on Old Missouri Road between Fayetteville and Springdale. After purchasing the land, Bogan secured the services of Maury Bell, a talented golf course architect, to devise an 18-hole championship layout to test the games best players and accommodate women and juniors with strategically located tees on every hole.
After completion, the club captured the attention of many including R.H. Sikes, PGA Tour professional from Paris, Arkansas, who describe the layout as “one of the finest [he’d] seen in Arkansas with large greens, well contoured and well, trapped.”
Paradise Valley went on the host several South Central Section PGA events, a Southwest Conference Championship and was the breading ground for some of the great Razorback golfers including two-time major champion, John Daly, all under the direction of Ellis Bogan.
The club was sold by Bogan in 1981.
Paradise Valley, also known as “PVAC” today, is home to many golfers in Northwest Arkansas and plays host to several USGA Championship qualifiers, ASGA designated and junior events as well.