Location: Myrtle Beach, S.C
Course architects: Raymond Floyd and Tom Jackson
Tee – Yardage l Rating / Slope:
Blue — 6,663 | 71.9 / 136
White — 6,179 | 69.5 / 127
Green — 5,560 | 66.6 / 127
Red — 4,698 | 67.6 / 120
Blue — 6,664 | 72.0 / 140
White — 6,183 | 69.4 / 129
Green — 5,559 | 66.6 / 119
Red — 4,624 | 67.5 / 119
Blue — 6,697 | 72.1 / 139
White — 6,242 | 69.7 / 129
Green — 5,713 | 67.6 / 120
Red — 4,812 / 68.3 / 124
Saturday morning green fee: $$ [$50-$99]
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: No
Fairways: Common Bermudagrass
Greens: MiniVerde Bermudagrass
Starter: Arrowhead Country Club is not one of the golf courses that comes to mind when thinking about playing golf in Myrtle Beach, but it should. Consider it a secret well kept. This 27-hole layout gets little publicity, but the locals know all about it — the club was voted South Carolina’s Course of the Year by the Golf Course Owners Association when it opened in 1998. With three distinct nines, there is a varied treat and challenge.
Play because ... Each of the three nine-hole layouts offers something different. The Cypress nine is a tree-lined parkland-style course, while the Lakes and Waterway nines are just as labeled. The Lakes nine has plenty of water hazards, while the Waterway nine features several holes with scenic views of the Intercoastal Waterway. No matter which combination is played, each makes for a great day.
Takeaway: Raymond Floyd is better known for his 60 professional wins that led him to the World Golf Hall of Fame, but his collaboration with Carolinas architect Tom Jackson deserves mention. If you’re visiting, this is the perfect golf course to play on getaway day as it is only 10 minutes from the airport.
THE RATINGS [1 to 10 scale; 10 being the highest]
Food | Beverage: 7.5
Pro shop: 7.5
Pace of play: 7.5
THE COURSE | Scorecards [The Cypress | The Lakes | The Waterway]
Best Par 3: Lakes No. 5 [138 | 116 | 102 | 78 yards]
This is the shortest of the par 3s at Arrowhead. Only a short iron is required, but be conservative to the left as water looms all along the right. There are also three bunkers behind the green to catch those who play overly safe. Enjoy the view from the tee and a possible chance at birdie.
Best Par 4: Cypress No. 4 [355 | 339 | 322 | 267 yards]
This is one of the most unique holes in all of Myrtle Beach. A good drive will play just to the left of the fairway bunkers, leaving a short iron approach over water to a small green that has the beautiful Intercoastal Waterway as its backdrop. This hole offers a good birdie opportunity if played well.
Best Par 5: Waterway No. 9 [486 | 465 | 422 | 352 yards]
This finishing hole is not overly brutal, but a good tee shot is needed to avoid the fairway bunkers on the left. From here, there is a decision to make. The conservative play is to lay up and wedge it on, but long hitters won’t be able to resist going for a big finish. The green is 45 yards long, so double check the hole location before selecting a club for the approach shot.
Phone: 843.236.3243 [local] | 800.236.3243 [toll free]
Rater: Craig Smith