Golf 2010

Robert Gilbert

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Favorite Hole No. 4 — Great views and a great experience

Posted 6/29/2010 10:42:00 AM

The Intracoastal Waterway makes the 5th hole at Myrtle Beach’s Arrowhead Country Club instantly memorable. The hole runs parallel to the shore, providing great views of the water, as well as the boaters, water-skiers and Jet Skiers enjoying their vacations.

The day we played was a scorcher, so as you can imagine the Waterway was pretty packed. Now, as any golfer knows, courtesy is a huge part of the game — you never walk in someone’s line on the green, hitting order off the tee is determined by “honors,” and silence is always observed during an opponent’s shot. At Arrowhead, that last rule is even observed by the passing boats.

As I stepped on the tee box and prepared to hit, a speedboat and a Jet Ski actually throttled down in order to quiet the engine during my backswing. That experience alone was enough to make me love the hole, but it got better once I reached the green.

Even with the silence, I yanked my drive to the left (thankfully not so far left that I endangered the lives of those same courteous boaters) and ended up in the fairway bunker. However, after hitting one of the best 8-irons of my life to within 5 feet, I was looking at a birdie.

After a dramatic (at least in my mind) walk to the green, I sunk the birdie putt and, amidst the celebratory sound of boat horns, walked away with a great new golf memory.