Story by Ian Guerin
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. | We all have our favorite courses, the ones we’ve played time and again. Maybe you made a connection with a staff member or you like what your scorecard looks like after you play a round. Or possibly it is just convenient to where you’re staying. During your spring 2019 visit to Myrtle Beach, however, five courses have given players the right reasons to come check them out again. Course corrections and revitalizations in recent years make them worthy of your business. That fact that all of them come with a very economical price tag? Well, again, you’re welcome.
ABERDEEN COUNTRY CLUB
Originally opened in 1989, Aberdeen will have a feel of a relatively new course for its 30th anniversary. That’s because after it was closed for months due to the flooding associate with 2018’s Hurricane Florence, the playing surface was already as green as it had been in some time once the water receded. Add in the fact virtually no wear and tear of the course for nearly six months, and the writing is on the wall. Aberdeen will reopen its tee sheets in early February, with stellar conditions accentuating the already ultra-popular 27-hole Tom Jackson design.
ARCADIAN SHORES GOLF CLUB
Attach the name Rees Jones to just about any course, and it will turn heads. Put significant money into further improving it and cleaning up its most noticeable wear and tear, and talking heads will start to do their thing. Between 2011-2013, Arcadian went to work fine-tuning its 60-plus sand traps. It eliminated the biggest gripe of a course that was already serving plenty of package players and then got a jolt from local visitors deciding to return.
GENERAL JAMES HACKLER COURSE
The youth movement has served Coastal Carolina University’s on-campus golf course extremely well. After all, it wasn’t all that long ago that the then-Quail Creek track was considered a bit of an afterthought for local golfers. In 2011, though, CCU’s Professional Golf Management and neighboring Horry Georgetown Technical College’s Turf Management programs took over. They cleaned up the course, leaving it playing much better than its still-economical price tag would suggest.
LEGENDS GOLF & RESORT MOORLAND COURSE
In September of 2018, Moorland re-opened after a three-month closure. It wasn’t done just for the heck of it. The course was one of a number of local tracks (more on that below) that installed new greens. In this case, Moorland went with the Champion Bermudagrass strand that had previously been put in at fellow on-site course Heathland. It took some of the edge off of the difficult P.B. Dye design.
MYRTLEWOOD GOLF CLUB PINEHILLS COURSE
Like Moorland, the PineHills Course closed briefly for a greens project. The move to Sunday Bermudagrass and greens revitalization (they had grown in some in recent years) was a key change to the popular high-traffic layout. But that’s not all ownership did to get it back to snuff. A beautification plan re-planted Fescue grass in several portions of the roughs around PineHills. The plan aimed at complementing the existing mounding and making the course’s centrally located placement worth even more play.