Myrtle Beach Golfaway

Arcadian Shores Golf Club Lease Extended

By • May 20, 2009

Burroughs & Chapin Co. has renewed an agreement to lease Arcadian Shores Golf Club to the owner of the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort; however Burroughs & Chapin will begin managing the course for the first time.

Bob Swezey, Burroughs & Chapin Executive Vice President of Golf, Accommodations and Amenities, said the three-year agreement with FelCor Lodging Trust takes effect on  June 1, and there are two one-year extensions built into the contract that require approval by both entities.

arcadianshoresThe addition of Arcadian Shores gives Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management 10  courses: they own and operate five, and have management contracts for five others, including Arcadian Shores.

“I think there’s an opportunity to add it to the packaging opportunities at the beach with our other courses,” Swezey said. “With the lease about to expire, it gave us an opportunity to manage the golf course and we thought it was a good idea. The other opportunity that was out there was for us to take over the property and just manage it ourselves, but you’ve got the branding of Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management along with the name that Hilton has in the market, Hilton is an international brand.”

A 35-year lease between Burroughs & Chapin and the 385-room oceanfront hotel in Myrtle Beach began in 1973 when the Rees Jones-designed course was built. An eight-month extension that is expiring was added last summer.
Arcadian Shores was ranked among the nation’s top 100 layouts by Golf Digest in the late 1970s. Swezey said Burroughs & Chapin has already targeted some areas for improvement on the course, dealing primarily with playing areas and aesthetics and will present a proposal to FelCor, which will fund any improvements.

“We’ve already done some evaluations of what we believe is needed,” Swezey said. “We believe we’ll be able to get those projects started in the summer.” Burroughs & Chapin also operates the Grande Dunes Resort Course and is moving head pro Jason Mitchell and Superintendent Steve Martin from Grande Dunes to Arcadian Shores. Their replacements will be promoted from within the company.

“We believe in that product and with these two guys we think we can elevate Arcadian Shores pretty quickly,” Swezey said.

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Born in Durban, South Africa, Azor fell in love with the game a little late in life. He served an apprenticeship in the printing industry and then went into print sales. In the early nineties he moved to the United States with his wife Glynis, and their two sons Dave and Clint. In 1994 he and Glynis established "Electronic Pencil" a Graphic Design company. In 2004 they started a golf magazine; he currently enjoys writing for their publication and writing the editorial for Myrtle Beach Golfaway’s website. “Besides the challenge and fun factor, the camaraderie on the golf course is second to none, it’s a blessing to spend time with good people and play a great game in such tranquil settings,” says Azor.
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