Located in the Myrtle Beach’s “Restaurant Row” section, Arcadian Shores is one of the area’s most historically significant golf courses. Opened in 1974, the course helped to launch the career of noted modern architect Rees Jones, who made the course his first solo design effort. In the proceeding four decades, it has hosted numerous Carolinas PGA events, testing players with tree-lined fairways and undulating, well-protected green complexes with Tifton Dwarf Bermuda putting surfaces. In building the course, Jones drew on the “hard par, easy bogey” mentality for which his father, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., was world-renowned. The result is a course that is an excellent test for low-handicap players while also preserving a sense of fairness for the middle and high marker.
Two of Arcadian Shores’ holes have appeared on the “Dream 18” list published by the Myrtle Beach Sun News: the par three second and the par four 13th. The former plays to 201 yards from the back Black set of tees, requiring a long iron over a large pond to a green protected by water on three sides and a bunker on the fourth. It is an extremely demanding hole, one where any gains made on the relatively easy par five first hole can be quickly erased. The 13th also involves water on the approach shot, after a downhill tee shot where placement is considerably more important than distance. The shallow putting surface requires an aerial approach as the entire front of the green is protected by a pond.
For 40 years, Arcadian Shores has been an iconic Myrtle Beach golf course. Its friendly, dedicated staff works tirelessly to ensure that the next 40 will be even better.