Designed by prominent local architect Ted Robinson Jr, the Arrowood golf course is a par-71, 6,721-yard layout imbedded in the newly developed village of the same name. Located in Oceanside, adjacent to Camp Pendleton and only 35 miles north of San Diego, Arrowood sits on a scenic hilltop by the San Luis Rey Valley, only about 10 miles from the coastline. Panoramic views abound and the mid-morning to late afternoon sea breeze plays a definite role in the playability of the track. “This course is different from others we have designed in San Diego because of the topography and the extent of the natural areas adjacent to the holes. It feels open and unconfined,” remarks Robinson. Many holes are bordered by undeveloped riparian habitat, which give the course a feeling of natural seclusion. While the open spaces conduce to a sense of relaxation, the golf holes are not there for the taking. The course will challenge players of all abilities. It’s a concentration roller-coaster. At one instance it invites the player to swing away with abandonment, while at the next shot there is elevation changes, a stern breeze and bunkering to consider for an accurate approach. “Like running through rapids,” says Robinson. “There are calm stretches allowing one to relax, followed by moments when the blood should be racing.” The greens are pure bent grass, firm and fast. “We’ll try to keep them rolling at 10 to 11 (stimpmeter)” indicates Head Golf Professional Domenic Labate. “This course will offer something for everyone,” we further points out. Four sets of tees ensures that there is a golf test to suit any skill level. And the two-club wind adds to the variety: play early in the morning under no wind, calm conditions and you will find a docile course. The ocean breeze will wake you up later in the morning. It usually peaks when you get to the more difficult part of the round, the final three to four holes.