Arcadian Shores: 5 Things You Need to Know

April 17, 2011

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More than 70 golf courses have opened in the area since the first tee shot was struck at Arcadian, and with the layout enjoying resurgence (more on that below) here are five things you need to know:

1. Never Forget Your First Love: Rees Jones, known as the Open Doctor for his renovation efforts on several U.S. Open layouts, is one golf’s most recognizable architects. Do you know what course was his maiden effort as a solo designer? You guessed it, Arcadian Shores. After learning at the hand of his famed father, Robert Trent Jones, Rees launched his career in Myrtle Beach.

2. Speaking of Robert Trent Jones: If you like his work and the Dunes Club in particular, you will certainly enjoy Arcadian Shores. With its wide fairways, large bunkers and undulating greens, there are definite similarities between Arcadian Shores and the Dunes Club, both classically designed courses.

3. Did You Know?: Arcadian Shores was once ranked No. 51 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

4. Time to Return: Players that haven’t been to Arcadian Shores in the last couple of years will return to a course that is again on the upswing. Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management took over nearly two years ago and has returned the layout’s conditions to the level the it deserves. The course is in outstanding shape.

5. You Will Remember: Arcadian is a great layout and returns tremendous value, but what you will most remember is the par 4, 13th hole. It’s one of the layout’s best and most memorable. With a carry over water into a well-bunkered green it’s a great test of golf and the course’s prettiest hole, especially when the azaleas are in bloom behind the green.