We get to take a look at one of the older courses in the area on this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand. We visit Arcadian Shores Golf Club look at how to play the great par 3 holes there. Each on is different in the design and the challenge presented to golfers. As always we will take the amateur or weekend hacker approach in how to play the holes. After all, that is what we are too!!
Rees Jones is a legendary golf course designers and Arcadian Shores has the distinction of being his first solo project. So PGA General Manager, Frank Coughlin and his staff take great pride in operating the course and letting the guests know what kind of treat they are in for when the tee it up. We know what a treat it is and we are excited to break down the par 3 holes today.
We do not have to wait long to see the first par 3 on the course. No.2 is a moderate length at 148 yards but that is not the challenge. The tee shot is mostly over water. The entire right side of the hole is bordered by a pond. The wide but not deep green provides a tough target to get a shot close to the pin. The goal is to hit the green with the tee shot and walk away with par 2 putts later. Par is a very good score here.
No.8 is a much simpler hole from the tee. A straightforward 151 yard hole with sand guarding the left side with a large bunker and a small bunker short and right of the green. The large, receptive green should make for the opportunity to make a run at par if we hit the center of the green. This is a low pressure par 3 for sure.
As we move to the back nine we don’t see another par 3 until the 168 yard 15th hole. Again this is more of a low pressure hole other than the yardage starting to get a little lengthy. A very large waste bunker waits to eat up short and right shots, but other than that there are no worries at all off the tee. Pick the right club for the shot and hit is solid to the center of the green and par should be an easy thing.
Rees Jones certainly saved the best par 3 for last. The 138 yard 17th hole is beautiful and challenging. A slight downhill shot that is all carry over a small pond. Golfers cannot let the short yardage take away from the challeng that awaits them. Focus on proper distance and placement on this small tiered green is paramount. A 3 putt awaits anyone that is careless in the approach off the tee.
To make a tee time at Aracadian Shores Golf Club visit www.arcadianshoresgolf.com or call 843.449.5217 and Frank and his staff will be happy to help.