Famous golf course architect’s first solo design about to reopen in Myrtle Beach
Arcadian Shores Golf Club, the first solo design of renowned golf course architect Rees Jones, is set to reopen as early as next week following its most extensive renovation project since its opening in 1974.
The course has a new clubhouse, new greens and new cart paths among its improvements.
“We’re very thankful we’ve had this opportunity and the team can’t wait to get open and show all the changes we’ve done,” Arcadian Shores general manager Frank Coughlin said. “We’re very, very excited.”
The 6,857-yard par-72 was named one of the top 100 courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest shortly after its opening. It closed in mid-May and six-year course superintendent Eric Covelli oversaw the work.
“I think the sky is the limit,” Coughlin said of the course’s potential. “First off it is Rees’ first solo design. He calls it his baby. The location and the layout, and now with the greens, and the new clubhouse, the cart paths, the amenities, I think it can take its rightful place back near the top or at the top here at the beach.”
Arcadian Shores was Jones’ first true solo work after he broke from the design firm of his father, Robert Trent Jones, whose designs include The Dunes Golf and Beach Club and nearby Waterway Hills Golf Club, which is now closed.
Johnson’s school opened in 2013 as a joint entity between the Columbia native and his former coach at Coastal Carolina, Allen Terrell, the school’s director of coaching.
“Dustin and I are excited about partnering with Golf Channel Academy,” Terrell said Sunday. “What we like most about GCA is their objective of being affiliated with only instructors wanting to build long-term relationships with their clients rather than just one-and-done, one-time sessions.
“This philosophy closely mirrors our mission of long-term golfer development. The network is a close knit group of coaches committed to providing the best instruction in the world.”
Terrell recruited Johnson to Coastal Carolina, where the world’s No. 1 golfer played from 2003-07.
Terrell owned and operated Terrell Golf Performance before partnering with Johnson. He has taught several touring pros and is a U.S. Kids Golf Honorable Mention Top 50 Kids Teacher, and also serves as president of The Dustin Johnson Foundation and tournament chairman for the annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship at the TPC.
“As we look to enhance the amenities to our members, we feel this only adds to the world-class experience students receive with us,” Terrell said.
Johnson’s school offers leading technologies including TrackMan, AimPoint and MySwing 3D with an expansive outdoor practice facility. The school expects to soon add a new indoor complex featuring two practice bays, a fitness studio, player locker rooms and a lounge.
Junior tourney on tap
The second annual South Carolina Golf Center Junior Classic is being held Saturday and Sunday at Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club, home to the S.C. Golf Center.
The tournament is open to boys and girls ages 10-17, and players ages 10-12 will play nine holes both days while players 13-17 will play 18 holes each day.
The entry fee of $90 for players 10-12 and $125 for players 13-17 includes lunch each day and a tee gift. Contact Nate McDonough or Josh Jackson at 843-369-3112, or visit www.scgolfcenter.com.
The S.C. Golf Center’s 2017 Summer Series for juniors is still active and the next two events are Sept. 17 at Diamondback Golf Club and Sept. 24 at Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club.