A par 4 you are sure to remember
Arcadian Shores Golf Club is the first solo effort by Rees Jones in what has become a remarkable and legendary design career. Located just seconds from the Atlantic Ocean, the course’s tree-lined fairways are somewhat narrow, while myriad bunkers — varying in shape and size — are strewn strategically throughout. Still, the recently renovated setup at Arcadian is highly playable for all, with scorable par 5s and 3s and a great mix of testy par 4s that still display Jones’ traditional design features. These par 4s include No. 14, a signature hole at Arcadian and one you won’t want to miss on your next golf vacation with MBGolf.com.
No. 14 is a straightaway par 4 measuring 398 yards from the back tees and with two key challenges to navigate throughout the hole: bunkering and a severe incline. There are three large bunkers protecting the left side of the fairway in addition to two even larger greenside bunkers, one to the left and one to the right of the putting surface. Meanwhile, the hole slopes significantly uphill from tee to green, meaning you must take extra club to hit your mark. There also is a small water hazard just in front of the tee box but, barring a real disaster, it’s easily navigable for players and does not present much of a threat. Some tee boxes are placed after the hazard.
Off the tee, favor the left side of the fairway. You’ll have to challenge the bunkers, but it provides the optimal angle into the green, which is vastly important given the incline of the approach shot making it difficult to get the ball hole high. Left also is better because the right side has trees and a road running parallel to the entire length of the hole. There are trees left of the fairway bunkers also.
There’s a lot to consider on No. 14. But a solid tee shot and second will reward players with a chance for a well-deserved birdie. Book a tee time and take on the challenge for yourself. What are you waiting for?