LITTLETON, Colo. -- No golf course in America has a setting quite like Arrowhead Golf Club, located just south of Denver in Littleton's Roxborough State Park.
Opened in 1972 and designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Arrowhead plays among 300-million-year-old sandstone formations, many of which are sharp at the top and point toward the mountains. Others resemble giant boulders, serving as hazards to fairways that tiptoe around them.
The course plays 6,636 yards from the black tees and, while short by modern standards, presents a good test of golf with many large bunkers and challenging, fast greens.
While the sandstone is visible from every hole, the most dramatic holes are on the back nine. The 10th hole, visible from the clubhouse, plays from an elevated tee with numerous rocks all pointing in similar direction. The par-3 13th features an elevated tee that plays between two massive rocks to a green framed by a small pond behind it.
Unquestionably among the most scenic courses in the west, Arrowhead Golf Club is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Denver.