Story and Photos by Ian Guerin
Arcadian Shores Golf Club in Myrtle Beach is starting to get to a point where less of its player’s list each day is coming from packaged deals from out-of-towners.
That’s because the course is starting to give area golfers more reason to come back.
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.
It’s created a loyal group of repeat visitors, most of whom are either full-time residents of the Grand Strand or regular travelers knowing a solid round here isn’t going to cost them an arm and a leg.
The golf course started to make several major improvements, including cleaning up bunkers to better define the lines between those and surrounding turf. It may not sound like much, but not too long ago, that sand was spilling over into critical spots around the greens.
Considering Arcadian Shores has more than 60 bunkers in 18 holes, those were a major point of concern.
It’s another step the course has taken to get the track closer to what its owners and management team desire. Overall, the 6,857-yard track (maximized from the back tees), gives this course plenty to brag about.
The layout is clean, and outside of a few soft spots in the ground caused by drainage issues, the fairways at Arcadian are as dependable as any course in its price range.
The greens, which typically roll on the slower end, are also as true as any player can ask for.
Package it all together, and this golf course – one supposedly still on its way back up – is already worth the play. That’s something the locals have already started to discover.
NO. 13 THE TOP HANDICAP FOR A REASON
At 383 yards from the back tees, Arcadian Shores’ No. 13 appears to be another of the course’s relatively short par fours. However, this hole is as dynamic as any Arcadian has to offer.
Players are asked to hit a semi-blind tee shot to the top of a mound of a slight incline. The right distance off the tee can save you a lay-up shot, although most players don’t have it that easy. Others will have to punch a second shot closer to a pond and a dramatic elevation drop that leaves you overlooking a green protected on two sides by a small pond. The back is also guarded by a three-pronged sand trap based against the side of a small hill.
Par here is a good score, regardless of skill level. - Ian Guerin