I played Arrowood Golf Course on 1 Sept 2017 and was very happy with the overall experience. This is the fourth time I have played the course over the last five years and it has always been in good shape. The fairways are well manicured and the greens are good despite being very soft. It didn’t seem like there had been much rain in the Oceanside area and yet the greens were very soft and thick. This caused a lot of ball marks on the greens which spoiled the look slightly. However, they rolled good and had average speed.
For me, the nicest feature is the course architecture. As you can see on the scorecard, the length is only 6721 yards but there are some excellent elevation changes and holes requiring strategic layups. This is one of those courses where your score probably gets better as you hit fewer drivers. There are numerous “natural” areas that spread the course across many acres and provide separation between the holes. These areas make for a few intimidating tee shots but add to the beauty of the course. There are also two holes with forced carries over water which will challenge the best golfers. In fact, I challenge anyone to stand on the back tee of #16 and not feel a little intimidation at the blind shot down the hill or the second shot over water to a well guarded green.
The one change that surprised me was a waste area created across the entire par5 #13 hole at the fairway trap about 250 yards from the tee..Apparently they have difficulty growing grass in this area and their solution was to put in dirt and cactus. It was not a good look and totally out of character with the rest of the course. The last thing you want is a lay up par 5. I wouldn’t be surprised if they relook this decision in the future. There has to be negative feedback from the membership.
I like how their scorecards provide a blended course layout where you can combine the black and blue tee markers to make a 6500 yard option. This is a nice way to add variety to the standard black/blue/white distances.
As can be seen below, the green fees can vary substantially based on the day and whether you live in California. I purchased three green fees on Golf Now at $40 each which was a big savings from the $110 rate I would have had to pay on Friday. When you purchase green fees on Golf Now, they have “hot deals” which don’t take into account whether you live in the state.