Arrowhead Golf Club Overview
Arrowhead is one of those places that feels like a private club, and certainly not a muni. Hats off to the Wheaton Park District, which has owned this course since 1982 and maintained its status as one of the top golf destinations in Chicagoland. Three impeccable 9-hole courses await golfers on this historic property, where golf dates back to 1927. Upon pulling up, Arrowhead’s grandiose and magnificent clubhouse beckons. Inside it is a well-stocked pro shop, top-notch restaurant, and even a golf museum of sorts which highlights Wheaton’s place in American golf lore.
The club has 27 holes of golf partitioned into three separate 9-hole tracks. These can be played independently or joined together to provide variety and a distinct experience for replays. The property is situated in a secluded forest preserve area between the borders of Wheaton and Naperville; you feel close to nature here. All three courses are challenging, with the West course just slightly tougher than the South and East courses. Water’s in play on 17 of the 27 holes at Arrowhead and bunkers are plentiful, necessitating your ordnance be delivered on target to score well. Carts are equipped with GPS, which aids in the planning. The greens here are fast and tricky. Course maintenance is exceptional, and with nice touches like squared-off tee boxes, you can tell they take pride in it.
As you’d expect, the practice facility here is first-rate. The driving range has 28 bays and is lit at night. A huge putting green is west of the clubhouse, and a green for chipping is south of it, along with a practice bunker.
Meanwhile, inside the clubhouse, the large pro shop is packed full of gear and has everything you need, and even more stuff you don’t need (but want). In the hallway are several display cases displaying historic golf equipment, courtesy of the DuPage County Historical Museum. Wheaton has a rich golf history, with the first 18-hole course in America built 2 miles away at Chicago Golf Club in 1893. When you play golf here, you’re continuing that legacy.