Its not easy following in a father’s FootJoys. Ted Robinson Sr. has designed 170 courses from Canada to Costa Rica. Now the son also rises with Ted Jr.’s first solo effort, Arrowood Golf Course, which he carved from wetlands overlooking San Luis Rey Valley in Oceanside, Calif., 45 minutes north of San Diego.
Junior’s 6,721-yard, par 71 track is a thinking man’s course–tight but not claustrophobic. “Golf’s more fun when you have to hit around stuff and over stuff,” Robinson says. “I want you to have to think before you swing”
He’s packed the layout with elevation changes, blind shots and forced carries so there’s plenty to think about here. At No. 16 your decision will be whether to risk going for the green in regulation. When the Pacific gusts kick up on the more elevated back nine, the brutally long approach into this island green will induce a scorecard double take. Yep, afraid that is a 462-yard par 4.
Bonus! The course winds though a development, but houses are kept at bay, so you’ll never have to drop in someone’s hydrangea bushes.