The 18-hole championship course at the Arrowhead Golf Club at Heritage Greens facility in Naples, Florida features 6,832 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.1 and it has a slope rating of 130 on Bermuda grass. Arrowhead was designed by the king of Southwest Florida golf architecture, Gordon Lewis and opened for play in 1998. With four sets of tees, Arrowhead is a delight for players of all skill levels and abilities.
One of the top priorities at Arrowhead is to create an extremely friendly atmosphere. The challenging nature and great condition of the golf course makes it the place to play; they appreciate their players and want them to come back; making them feel like members without the added overhead that can come of a private club. Membership at Arrowhead is quite reasonable and there are currently only a handful of members so tee times are readily available.
Off most tees, you will find ample landing areas. A few holes feature undulating and mounded fairways however the course is both fair to high handicappers and a challenge for single-digit players. Better golfers, however will find the many well-placed bunkers and water hazards a real test of their skills.
Although the course is routed around 16 lakes, most of the water is on the periphery off the tee and shouldn’t come into play. Some forced carries and tight approaches will challenge the iron game of all levels of players.
The average green is good sized and varies from those protected by bunkers, swales and mounds, to those with flat open fronts; inviting bump and run chip shots. Some of the greens are multi-tiered Because of a fantastic drainage system, Arrowhead does not close after heavy rains and storms. This is one of the few courses in the Naples area with long term plans on remaining open for public play!
Arrowhead is a full service golf facility and offers a fully stocked golf pro shop, a PGA professional staff, men’s and women’s’ golf leagues, outings, tournaments, banquets and individual and group instruction. The Arrowhead Sports Grill is the perfect 19th hole and offers great food and cold beverages.
The club, located just east of I-75 in Naples, is easily accessible from hotels throughout Ft. Myers, Naples, and Bonita Springs.
Number 1: Par 5, 561 yards. Avoid the water on the left and the palmettos and out of bounds on the right off the tee and you are well on your way to a great start. The fairway narrows considerably on your layup shot as water creeps in on the left side. From there, you’ll be left with a short pitch shot to a green protected on the left by water and sand. Par is a good way to start.
Number 3: Par 4, 380 yards. As the crow flies, the green is only about 275 yards; the problem is all of the water that lies between the tee and the green. You’ll also have some trees to clear but if you are a long ball hitter, I say go for it – just make sure the green is clear (or you have a really loud voice)! For the rest of us, an iron hit out right of the water will leave a short pitch shot to a small green that is well protected by sand and water. This is a fun little hole and one of only two doglegs on the entire course.
Number 7: Par 4, 292 yards. All you need off the tee is a long to mid iron. Anything over the fairway trap on the right side will likely find the water. A straight tee shot of about 160 – 180 yards will leave a nice little pitch shot over water to a slightly elevated green. Number 7 is an interesting short hole.
Number 9: Par 4, 445 yards. A daunting finish to the outward nine, number 9 is a long, straight par 4 with a lake all the way down the left side. Water will also come into play short of the green on the left side so be sure to take enough club to get it there.
Number 13: Par 5, 515 yards. Be sure to keep the ball left off the tee to avoid the cluster of fairway bunkers on the right. Long ball hitters beware of the water that could come into play long and left; especially if your plan is to get home in two. A good drive will leave a short to medium length layup shot to a narrow part of the fairway with water on the left (sound familiar). The green is protected by both water and sand on the left side as well.
Number 15: Par 3, 122 yards. From the back tees, number 15 is the longest par 3 on the course at 243 yards; from all the other tees it’s the shortest. From an elevated tee box, it’s nearly all carry over water to a green that is surrounded by sand, eliminating any chance of playing a bump and run. If you are playing from the back tees; best of luck!
Number 18: Par 5, 494 yards. The finishing hole is a nice test of golf. It’s a straight par 5 with fairway bunkers on either side in the landing area. Should you hit a good drive and decide to go for the green in two, watch out for the water on the left side just short of the green. It’s a fair and fitting end to the course.
Last Word: Arrowhead Golf Club is a fairly simple golf course; 16 of the 18 holes are pretty much straight away. The two doglegs are fairly short but they do require a little thought; you can just tee it up and hit away. Water comes into play on most holes (if you are wild) and sand traps are very strategically placed. Most golfers won’t get through the round without finding at least one trap. Even though Arrowhead gets a lot of play year round, the course is always in good shape and very player friendly.
The thing that impressed me most about Arrowhead was the pace of play. As busy as it was when our group teed off, I was figuring on a 4 ½ – 5 hour round but we were able to finish in less than 4 hours. That’s important when you tee off after 1 pm and light is at a premium around 5:30 or so.
You can warm up before your round on the aqua driving range. There is also a practice putting green where you can practice chipping and putting.
The staff at Arrowhead Golf Club is professional and courteous; they want to ensure that your round is enjoyable. For more information, you can reach them at (239) 596-1000 or visit them online at www.arrowheadgolfnaples.com.