On Friday, representatives of National Golf Management are marking the 40th anniversary of the opening of Arcadian Shores Golf Club in Myrtle Beach.
The course is a 6,800-yard, par-72 layout, as it was when it opened in 1974. The layout is considered the first solo design project of accomplished course designer Rees Jones, who revisited the course last year.
“What’s fascinating about Arcadian Shores is that my footprint is still here,” Jones said in a release, referring to the course’s intact routing in an age when so many golf courses are compromised by new construction around them. “When I got the opportunity to do Arcadian Shores…it was a really exciting prospect for me.”
Two holes — the par-3 second and the par-4 13th — have received particular acclaim, being included in more than one incarnation of The Sun News' “Dream 18” feature, which names the top 18 holes on Myrtle Beach area golf courses.
A Jones-approved program of renovations and cosmetic improvements has been underway at Arcadian Shores and includes the recent removal of some 300 trees, which has restored the playing corridors of the holes to original widths while enhancing both playability and the health of the turf.
“The recent tree removal has improved the putting surfaces as well as the turf conditions throughout the course,” said Arcadian Shores head pro Jason Mitchell.