Experience championship golf the way renowned architect Rees Jones intended at Arcadian Shores Golf Club in Myrtle Beach.
Located in the popular Restaurant Row section of Myrtle Beach, Arcadian Shores sits just a couple of blocks from the beach amid a scenic Lowcountry setting of pristine wetlands and maritime woodlands. As part of the adjoining Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, Arcadian Shores was built in 1974 by Jones, his first solo design effort.
The trademarks of Jones' traditional style that would make him famous are evident at Arcadian Shores, where the course is built to flow with the natural terrain instead of the other way around. The layout underwent a massive renovations project in 2009 to provide updates and upgrades but the course stays true to Jones' original vision.
Measuring 6,857 yards from the championship tees, Arcadian Shores offers five sets of tee boxes to accommodate golfers of various strength levels with the driver. But the par-72 course is designed with accuracy in mind, utilizing the natural water hazards and extensive bunkering to put a premium on ball placement over sheer power.
With a course rating of 73.2 and a slope of 137, Arcadian Shores carries a high degree of difficulty but also offers an enjoyable golf experience for all handicaps. Wide and well-maintained Bermuda fairways and smooth, new Tifton greens give golfers a fair chance of making or breaking par - if they play their clubs right.
In addition to receiving accolades from Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, Arcadian Shores happens to be popular choice among the general public. The course's classic design and playability earn high marks from golfers of varying skill levels, and two holes are fixtures on the "Dream 18" list of the Grand Strand's greatest holes.
The 408-yard par-4 13th serves as the signature hole despite its average length, but finesse is the key to birdying this favorite. Golfers must cross a bridge to reach the green, which is completely guarded by water in the front and a bunker in the back. The layout requires approach shots to carry the water, but just barely.
Arcadian Shores offers the ultimate in facilities, including a well-lit driving range and putting green for night practice. The remodeled clubhouse features an excellent 19th hole with a full bar and grill, as well as a full-service pro shop where golfers can stock up on the latest gear or schedule lessons with a local pro.
Arcadian Shores is located at 710 Hilton Road, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572, adjacent to the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. From downtown Myrtle Beach, take Highway 17 North approximately 8 miles, turn right on Hilton Road and the entrance is on the right. To book a tee time, visit www.myrtlebeachgolf.com.