The Club at ArrowCreek in South Reno is home to two championship golf courses: The Legend Course, designed by Arnold Palmer, a name that speaks for itself in the world of golf, and The Challenge Course, co-designed by 1979 Masters champion Fuzzy Zoeller and John Harbottle III. Both courses opened for play in 1999 and are currently managed by Arnold Palmer Golf Management.

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The Legend Course
18 holes | par 72
Yardage | 5,015 to 6,937
Slope | 125 to 140
Rating | 64.3 to 73.6

The Challenge Course
18 holes | par 72
Yardage | 5,556 to 7,455
Slope | 116 to 141
Rating | 66 to 74.7

The Legend Course drifts up and down the Mount Rose foothills providing all of the twists and turns one might expect from a mountain course, while upholding the unobstructed flight possibilities and open edges natural to the high desert. The fairways are isolated and independent. Though lacking in trees, they favor the narrower side and are surrounded by hard-packed, rocky, desert ravines and seemingly endless patches of tall grass and deeply rooted sagebrush.

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“The Legend Course drifts up and down the Mount Rose foothills providing
all of the twists and turns one might expect from a mountain course,
while upholding the unobstructed flight possibilities
and open edges natural to the high desert.”

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Punching your ball back cleanly onto the playing field from the native landscape, if you can find it, is usually possible, but not always probable. Blind turns, steep-ridged gullies and significant changes in elevation from the tees to their saddle-shaped greens make for lively experimentation with club selection and trajectory.
I would not necessarily classify the Challenge Course as more or less difficult than the Legend Course, but it is without a doubt, a horse of a different color. Also a par 72, it’s noticeably longer. Starting off farther up the hillside, it slowly climbs its way high above the city of Reno, before descending back down the winding canyons without making a turn at the clubhouse.
Despite somewhat of a longer playing field, the short grass is expansive and easier to find off the tee. In most cases, a less than straight or mishit drive can be accommodated. The greens, although protected by networks of deep, oblong pits of sand, are large enough to catch a halfway decent approach shot. The general atmosphere of the course feels secluded and rural. Pulling up to a tee pad, we were greeted by a gang of fuzzy antlered bucks, far more interested in the nearby wildflowers than our golf carts. The Challenge Course surely lives up to its name, but also has a forgiving nature to it and often feels relatively scorable.
The views from any point on the course are panoramic and spectacular. Course conditions are commendable and the lightning-fast putting surfaces of both courses can easily make or break your round. Two-puts of any distance, from above or below the hole, are engineered with the highest level of precision and finesse; bring your short game.
There’s putting and chipping greens on site, as well as an all-grass driving range fully stocked with premium golf balls. Affordable membership packages are available for residents and nonresidents, offering access to both golf courses.

For more information, call (775) 850-4653 or visit theclubatarrowcreek.com.

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Alex Green
Alex Green grew up in Santa Cruz before attending the University of Nevada Reno, and eventually settling in Truckee. When not writing or traveling the globe, he can be found golfing, snowboarding, making music and wandering around the Sierra.