Arrowhead Country Club is one of six Myrtle Beach area courses that play along the Intracoastal Waterway and it enjoys a primo location, just minutes from the airport.
But you likely already knew that.
Our goal is to take you inside a property, and today we are taking a look at Arrowhead, a Tom Jackson-Raymond Floyd design. Here are five things you need to know about the 27-hole facility.
— This isn’t breaking news but it bears repeating: Arrowhead is among the best conditioned courses at the beach. No matter the time of year, you can arrive at the first tee confident the course will be in outstanding shape. Arrowhead overseeds from wall-to-wall every winter so it’s green 12 months a year.
— Arrowhead stacks a pyramid of balls on the range each morning, and you need to spend a few minutes there with the driver (or whatever you are most comfortable with off the tee). This is a tight course and trouble awaits off the fairway, so make sure you are ready to find the shortgrass.
— Buy a yardage book or download the Arrowhead app on your phone. All three nines are heavy on doglegs and being in the proper spot off the tee is vital to success. The Lakes nine, in particular, features a series of sharp doglegs going in both directions, so have a plan.
— No matter the combination of nines you play, water will be a significant factor throughout the day, particularly on the Cypress course. On Cypress, water will threaten on every tee shot, with the exception of the par 4 fifth. Ironically, the Waterway is the “driest” of Arrowhead’s three nines.
— Want to know the most fun hole on each nine? Here you go:
The 339-yard, par 4 fourth hole on the Cypress is a delight. It’s a 90-degree dogleg right that requires a downhill approach over water. Where is the fun you say? For long hitters there is the opportunity to cut the dogleg and try to drive the green, which is always blast. The rest of us have to wrestle with how close we want to hit the ball to the edge of the fairway.
The third hole on the Lakes nine, a 536-yard par 5 is outstanding. It’s a three-shot challenge with water running up the left side. Golfers that play closer to the water will enjoy a shorter approach to the green, but the danger rises exponentially. For those of us who aren’t quite as skilled, there is ample bailout room to the right.
On the Waterway nine, the choice is easy. You have to go with the par 4 fifth hole, which plays along the Intracoastal from tee to green. It’s a beautiful setting that is only enhanced by the passing boats and the view.