Arcadian Shores Golf Club just north of Myrtle Beach city limits boasts awards from Golf Digest, PGA.com and the Myrtle Beach Sun News from the not-so-distant past.
The Rees Jones course opened in 1974 and eventually received joking references as one course that had as much sand as it did grass. In total, 60-plus bunkers still present a challenge, despite some significant work recently to provide a clear divide between surfaces. One sand trap on the opening hole at times looks suspiciously like a set of brass knuckles. However, players can obviously avoid feeling beat up by taking their time and not fixating on the sand, even if that is easier said than done.
The par four No. 13 is one of the few where that isn’t the primary concern. The 408-yard hole begins with an up-and-down tee shot that leaves first-time players unaware of what’s to come. Up ahead is a downward slope leading into oversized pond. It forces a carry into the green with next to no room to work with. Go short, and a drop is necessary. But go long and - just for good measure, of course - a backside bunker awaits.
1 by Joey - 07/05/2016
Was 2 min late for tee time do to the club attendants at the parking area. Desk attendant was rude said we would have to take a rain check and could not go off 2 min behind on a week day they were not busy in no way. Yes i am a young golfer but very professional ive played in high school as well as college and this is tge first time i have ever been disrespected on a golf coarse.also no were does it say that the proshop is closed so bathrooms are porta-pottys had a small trailer with very limited room.
8 by Brent - 03/04/2016
White tees, wet fairways, cart path only, firm greens, good value,medium difficult, nice course. Recommend for the cost.
9 by Peter - 10/11/2015
The layout brings a challenge for all golfers from each tee block. The 13th hole was very challenging and when you get near the green and go across the bridge keep an eye out for the two gators which call the swamp area to the right of the green home. Good course to play for the price. I would play this course again on my next trip. Only problem we had was the grill was broken so we couldn't eat there.
8 by Peter - 10/09/2015
I was surprised by this course. Although not rated very high, I enjoyed my round there. It was challenging enough but not to challenging as my wife also enjoyed her round. Would definitely play this course again .
8 by Curt H - 09/21/2015
Was pleasantly surprised. Course was in good shape, and greens rolled nicely, and not overly fast. My expectations weren't terribly high, but they were far exceeded. This is not one of the top 10 courses in Myrtle Beach, but I'd play it again.
5 by Gary Lane - 08/16/2015
Starter was really nice as was the snack bar attendant. And that's where the good review ends. Thankfully I wasn't in the 100s of bunkers that they have, but ideally, you would want each bunker to have more than one rake per bunker. The fairways were somewhat bare and a few of the greens are not in shape. Spend a few extra $$ and play another course.
9 by Jeff - 06/27/2015
Played with my son in the morning. Staff load my bags up and got me right out to number one. The greens were a little slow but not bad for my son and I. It was a great course for my son to learn on. He enjoyed #13 signature hole. Also pro shop was having a 50% off sale on shirts.
4 by Tony - 06/12/2015
I am part of a group that has been coming to Myrtle Beach for 38 years and have played Arcadian at least 20 times. I'm not sure what's happening here now but the conditions today were so bad that we told them we wouldn't be back.
We were told that they don't care about reviews these couple of weeks because they just airified their greens.
Let me tell you that for the money we paid it wasn't worth it. We've played Shaftesbury Glen twice already this week and it was amazing. As Usual. Don't waste your money playing Arcadian, we only played it because it's close to condo, that's not happening again.
7 by Chris - 05/25/2015
I called to make a tee time and was told by the person over the phone that it would be $49 per person but when arrived it was $60, didn't mind paying the 11 dollars but the greens were not in good shape with dead spots and ground hog tunnels other than that the fairways and tee boxes were in great shape. My group of six was told to start on the tenth tee, and once we met the starter he instructed us that we could all play together which i found odd but went and started on the tenth tee anyway. when we finished our first hole a man named Dan approached us yelling and cursing about how we aren't suppose to play together. I approached Dan to try and talk to him and tell him the starter told us to go out but all he would say is, "I don't know where you guys are from but we don't do this sh*t here" and "We never send six or even five out at a time, i will have you guys kicked out if this sh*t happens again". He also said we were not keeping pace even though when we got to hole 11 we had to wait for the golfers in front of us to finish, If Dan would have simply came up up to us and said the starter made a mistake and i need you guys to split up I would have been OK with it because I thought it was strange anyway. I have been golfing for three years now and this is by far the worst I have ever been treated, I also had a first time golfer with me who said he will not be golfing anymore because he thinks this is how golf courses treat there guests. I'm in the Myrtle area very often with friends and will not be returning to this course and I will not recommend this place to anyone.
10 by Ronald - 05/22/2015
Enjoyed playing this course, especially signature holes #2 and #13. Fairways were awesome. While the greens were transitioning they were in good shape and putted true. Sand in bunkers was soft and fringe was full. Cart paths may need a little work, but not a deal breaker for me. Staff was great. Recommend you play this course.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of a true Myrtle Beach golf original. Opened in 1974, the 6,800-yard, par-72 Arcadian Shores Golf Club has been a favorite of local and vacationing golfers alike, located almost directly at the midpoint of the 70-mile Grand Strand that spans parts of the North and South Carolina coasts and contains nearly 100 golf courses.
Located just a few miles north of Myrtle Beach, Arcadian Shores’ development is apparent – not just in the last four years, but the last 18 months. A handful of small renovations are making big differences.