Arcadian Shores701 Hilton Road, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572
Arcadian Shores Golf Club, located in Myrtle Beach near the famous Restaurant Row district, is one of the iconic places for a round of golf in the Myrtle Beach area.
Opened in 1974, Arcadian Shores represents the first solo effort in one of golf course design’s most prolific careers: that of Rees Jones. Known as the “Open Doctor” for his work on such U.S. Open venues as Torrey Pines and Bethpage Black over the years, Jones adopted the principles that mark the courses of his father, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and applied some of his own more modern sensibilities. The result is a course that links two eras in golf course architecture history, making it an obligatory destination course for architecture buffs.
This is not to say that the more casual player will not find an enjoyable time at Arcadian Shores—quite the opposite. The course has a particularly excellent set of par threes, highlighted by the long second hole, which can play longer than 200 yards from the back tee to an undulating green guarded closely by water short, long and right and a bunker on the left. There is little bailout, therefore, making the proposition of executing a good shot especially daunting but especially rewarding if carried off.
The course has five sets of tees, offering ultimate playability for golfers of all skill levels. Recent work has included the removal of a number of trees, giving further breathing room to players who may hit the occasional wayward tee shot. The greens are small to medium-sized and should be respected for their firmness and level of contour.