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In 1954, Donald McLean, Sr. decided to convert his farm to a golf course. It was located in an area where there was a lot of history. Being the former sight of the Lenape Indians and only a few miles away from Daniel Boone's homestead, this was no ordinary farm. The log cabin was built in 1703 and the deed was signed by Daniel Boone's uncle, George Boone. Donald McLean couldn't make the complete transition from farm to golf course by himself, so he called upon his son, John, to help him.
After World War II, John McLean settled in Texas, where he was involved in racing midget racecars, fixing airplanes and motorcycles, and farming cotton. When his father called for help, John sold everything and moved back to Pennsylvania to help his father construct a golf course.
The two men designed and built the course themselves. They bought an old used bulldozer and rebuilt it themselves. Then they cleared fairways, constructed tees and greens, built ponds and Arrowhead Golf Course became a reality. The McLeans said that they found arrowheads on most every hole. The pro shop shows a nice display of some of those arrowheads found during the original construction. They say you can still find arrowheads from time to time near the creek beds on the course.
Arrowhead Golf Course has come a long way since that first nine holes in '54. The course now boasts 27 meticulously groomed holes, tee-to-green asphalt cart paths, manicured roughs, elevated greens, set in the rolling hills of rural Berks County. This mature course has tree lined fairways, including 2,500 Norwegian Pines planted back in the early '70s. The fairways are mixtures of Kentucky Blue and Perennial Rye, and the greens are bent grass, all irrigated with automatic sprinklers. Greenskeeper Steve Beidler has a degree from Rutgers University, and takes great pride in keeping the course perfect. Vernon Keller is the Crew Chief and Chief of Maintenance. Since John passed away in 2000, Arrowhead Golf Course is now owned and managed by John's wife Florence and third generation daughter Valerie. They are proud to carry on Donald and John's tradition of high quality greenskeeping, strict rules of golf etiquette, and making sure that a good time is had by all.
There are actually two different courses, the nine hole Blue Course and the eighteen hole Red & White course. The Blue Course is a regulation par 35 course, at 2,505 yards, with one par 5 and two par 3's. It is a mature course that sits among the Allsort-Conglomerate rock and tree-lined fairways which provide a gorgeous scenery to this area. It is great for advanced players who want to sharpen up their iron game, and very forgiving for beginners. Golfers may play a round of nine, two rounds for 18, or a mixed eighteen of nine on the Blue Course and nine more on the Red course.
The Red & White course is a longer course, but still nestled in the trees that are native to this picturesque area. It is a par 71, 6,002 yard course, with four par 5s and five par 3s, one of which is 245 yards. Several beautiful ponds and streams come into play on about a third of the holes on the course.
Florence and Valerie invite you to visit Arrowhead and find out why they are one of the leading public golf courses in Southeastern Pennsylvania.