The Three Best Holes at Arrowhead Country Club

March 3, 2011

Arrowhead Country Club 1.jpgArrowhead Country Club is home to 27 holes, several of them playing along the Intracoastal Waterway, and it’s Myrtle Beach’s only Raymond Floyd design. The facility, which prides itself on providing outstanding conditions and value, is memorable from an aesthetic and architectural standpoint.

We asked long-time head pro Eddie Dennis to name the best hole on each of Arrowhead’s three nine-hole courses – Cypress, Lakes and Waterway – and he was happy to comply. Here is the best Arrowhead Country Club has to offer:

No. 4, Cypress Course, 355-yard, par 4 – Equal parts beauty and challenge, the fourth hole requires players to cross a lake off the tee and on their approach. Despite the presence of the water, it’s not an overly difficult hole.

A 3-wood off the tee will suffice and there is plenty of room on the left side of the fairway, often leaving only a wedge to the green. With the Intracoastal serving as a backdrop, it’s a memorable hole.

No. 3, Lakes Course, 556-yard, par 5 – Arrowhead’s second longest hole, a tee shot up the left side is the recommended play because players that catch the bunkers on the right will have trouble getting on in regulation. Of course the lake on the left makes going that way dicey.

“If you hit your tee ball (extremely) well you can make your decision about going for it or laying up to the right,” Dennis said. “Either way, it’s an excellent birdie opportunity, but there is a lake that runs in front of the green so there is the possibility you could end up with a seven just as easily as you could a four.”

No. 4, Waterway Course, 520-yard, par 5 – Long hitters can reach the green in two on one of the few holes that doesn’t have water, but it’s not without danger. A waste bunker runs from tee-to-green along the left side and anyone that finds it almost surely sacrifices their dreams of birdie.

The drive plays into an elevated fairway and the Intracoastal provides a scenic backdrop for the green.

“I think that it’s probably one of the prettier settings on the course,” Dennis said.

The green is guarded by a bunker in the front and one on the right, so loose shot coming in can be costly.

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