TEE 4: 6,675 yards / par 70 / 72.3 rating / 134 slope
TEE 3: 6,305 yards / par 70 / 70.5 / 128
TEE 2: 5,756 yards / par 70 / 68.1 / 120
TEE 1: 4,758 yards / par 70 / 68.6 / 111 (W)
Pine Lakes Country Club is the oldest golf course in Myrtle Beach. The course has welcomed golfers since 1927 and among one of their favorites to this day. Pine Lakes is in the heart of Myrtle Beach. When you arrive, you are greeted with the southern style architecture of the clubhouse that symbolizes the deeply rooted history and tradition of the Myrtle Beach area.
It all began, by the way, in 1927. Robert White, the first president of the PGA of America and a co-founder of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, laid out nine holes in coastal pine forest less than a mile from the Atlantic, beginning a chain of events that turned Myrtle Beach from a small seaside settlement into the world-renowned golf destination it is today. And in 1954, a group of gentlemen from Time Inc. sat around a table in the Pine Lakes clubhouse and hatched the idea that would become Sports Illustrated. As fitting recognition, Pine Lakes is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Pine Lakes enjoys an uncluttered, traditional aesthetic, with broad shaping and large greens with enough undulation to support multiple rounds and provide different challenges one day to the next. T
The signature hole on the front is the third, a big par four that measures 463 yards from the back tees. It features a semi-blind tee shot over the crest of a hill where a well-struck drive can gain an extra 15 to 20 yards of roll as it tumbles. A pond sits hard by the right edge of the green, which features pronounced kick-slopes to the left so that a low, running approach shot can trundle onto the green. The opportunity to watch a ball roll out can be a rare joy in Myrtle Beach, but the third at Pine Lakes offers that option to every player.
The back nine features a number of excellent holes, the signature holes would be the par threes—numbers 11 and 16. The former is a 155-yard charmer with a green perched just beyond a pond. Though the hole requires a short iron shot, the wind swirls constantly, making the decision over which short iron to use agonizing. Number 16 is longer but still of middling length at 180 yards from the tips. Its main defense is the most interesting green on the course, which rolls down slightly from the front edge before rising to a shelf in the back left, the back right dropping off into a small grass bunker at the edge of a pond. It is an imposing-looking shot from the tee, making a par or rare birdie especially satisfying.
Pine Lakes not only has the golf course that allows bragging rights, but the tradition of service and quality is amongst the best. The clubhouse is a tradition of the past and serves piping hot seafood chowder as a complimentary mid-round snack. The grill room where this edible tradition is to be found also serves excellent hot dogs and great sit-down fare for a pre- or post-round lunch.
The clubhouse also features the Sports Illustrated Hall of Fame. When here at Pine Lakes, this is a must see. It is said that the idea of creating a sports magazine, happened right at Pine Lake Country Club.
The other amenities here at the clubhouse include a Snack Shop, Driving Range, Pull Carts, Teaching Pros, Chipping Area, Practice Bunker and Putting Green.
The historic clubhouse also has a space to rent for private functions. They host many events from receptions, family reunions, corporate outing, to brunch with friends.
When you bring together the history and southern charm of Pine Lakes Country Club you will make sure that you stop by for a visit or book a tee time the next time you are in Myrtle Beach.