Golf 2010

Robert Gilbert



Arrowhead hits the mark

Posted 6/23/2010 9:50:00 AM

“What a great course!”

I can’t tell you how many times I repeated this phrase to my playing partners throughout our recent round at the beautifully manicured Arrowhead Country Club in Myrtle Beach.

Designed by Raymond Floyd and Tom Jackson, Arrowhead features 27 holes located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, making for a very scenic and challenging round.

“Yeah, there’s water on 24 of the 27 holes out here,” the starter said, perhaps reading the growing unease on my face as I flipped through the yardage book. I counted. He was right.

However, unlike a lot of courses with that much water, Arrowhead is accessible and fun for golfers at all levels, primarily because of its relatively short length. You won’t find any long, forced carries on this course, but you will frequently find water lurking just off the fairways and greens, ready to grab the least bit errant shot. As a consequence, conservative play is rewarded.

The 8th hole on Waterway is a great example. Wanting to get it close off the tee, I tried to muscle a driver and ended up hooking the ball into the water running up the left side. It was totally unnecessary. I should have played it smart and placed a 3-wood in the fairway. That’s Arrowhead in a nutshell. Whether you walk off the course with a high score or a low score, you only have yourself to blame.

Don’t take my word for it, though. Check it out for yourself and see why Arrowhead is one of the local favorites in Myrtle Beach. For specials and promotions, visit