Arrowhead Pointe is an apt description for the plot of land where the title golf course sits. The course sits at the very tip of Richard B. Russell State Park, with a range of holes playing alongside, and even over the Savannah River, which widens at that point to form Richard B. Russell Lake. Despite the name, the park and course sit well into the interior of the state, hugging the Georgia-South Carolina state line, nearly 100 miles upriver from Augusta.
The course is a relatively new edition to the state’s golf collection (one of eight courses managed by Georgia state parks), having been constructed by Bob Clark during 2001.
Although the river will feature in the vicinity of 10 holes, Clark took his time on the routing, building suspense until the first water appearance on No. 6, where players will tee off over an inlet before the river comes back into play near the green. The back nine will head downward, making its way to the far tip of the property, where players will tackle Nos. 14 and 15 — a short par four and par three, respectively — which is about all anyone could hope to cram on such a strip.
I have maintained for the last few years that Arrowhead Pointe might be one of the most underrated courses in the US. A little public course in the middle of nowhere right along the Georgia-South Carolina border that doesn't have any cell service on it, but it is worth the drive and being disconnected from everyone/everything for a few hours. The 3rd hole is the first great hole; a mid-length Par 3 playing into an amphitheater setting with a nicely undulating green. The 5th and 6th provide a glimpse as to what you'll see on the back as they dive along the Savannah River. #5 is a great downhill risk-reward Par 5, while the 6th is perhaps the hardest Par 4 on the course. Once you make the turn, there's not a bad hole on the back. The 10th is another great risk-reward Par 5, the 11th serves as a decent bridge hole to the 12th which kicks off one of my favorite stretches among golf courses I've played.
13-17 all play alongside the river in some shape or form. The 13th is a tough Par 3 where you hit over an inlet of the river. The 14th is as scenic a hole as you'll find and is the "pointe" of Arrowhead Pointe. The 15th is a Par 3 you can get a shot back on while looking at the river as your backdrop. The 16th is a fun Par 5 that requires you to carry part of the river. The 17th then plays sharply downhill off the tee with the Savannah all along the left. Similarly to Cypress, the 18th can kind of be seen as a letdown, but the holes proceeding it are so good that I choose to give it a pass.
My only criticism of the course is that there are a couple of instances of hazards, particularly bunkers, being placed on the wrong side of the hole. The 8th is the best example, which plays as a dogleg right and has a fairway bunker to the right... in which the view is straight into trees. That bunker adds excessive penalty to a placement where plenty of punishment exists already. The 14th has another bunker like that, except it lies left of that fairway. Those things excluded, Arrowhead Pointe is the best hidden secret I've ever played. I have it ranked 4th on my personal ranking of courses behind Tobacco Road, Pinehurst #2, and Valhalla... and Olympia Fields is 5th.