Time has not forgotten the PineHills Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club.
One of the four oldest courses on South Carolina’s Grand Strand, the track was originally opened in 1966 as the Pines before an Arthur Hills overhaul in 1993 led to its new moniker. The refresher kept PineHills current, requiring a touch more skill than its previous inhabitant.
“PineHills is more of a strategic placement,” head professional Ryan Ruddy said. “It’s got the rolling hills. It goes through both sides of the property. It’s a fun, challenging golf course. It’s more thought process than just going out there and smashing the driver.”
Nearly 400 yards shorter than its sister course, the Palmetto, first timers and regulars alike agree that PineHills is the bigger challenge. Aside from a rolling terrain, water is visible on 17 of the 18 holes, with nine of them directly affecting strategy.
Take the par-five No. 3, for example. It is on the course’s signature hole where players must angle their tee shot away from an elongated pond up the right side in order to not only stay dry, but to also set up a second shot where the bending hazard doesn’t rear its head once more.
4 by Eddie - 01/02/2016
I had a tee time booked for 9 a.m. on New Year's Day. The practice range was closed which was understandable and expected. My 9 a.m. tee time was given to a huge group outing on this course. To be flexible and understanding I told the attendant that my party would be happy to move our tee time to the Myrtlewood Palmetto Course. The starter was very nice and explained the rules and restrictions completely. On the third hole, a group of golfers were behind us. The group behind us yelled and were rude to our group as we approached to hit our balls. Mind you that the course was under water and was cart path only, also understandable and great decision by the greens staff. So we let the inconsiderate group play through. On the eight hole on our second shots the ranger told us we needed to keep up with the group on front of us. I even carried my bag on several holes so that we could stay within the pace of play. We were only maybe five minutes slower than we should have been. I told him we let them play through he said he didn't care we needed to keep up with their pace. They were running through the water soaked fairways to get to their balls. It would seem to me that the ranger would know that the play was going to be a little slower than usual because of the course conditions and restriction. The reason I know this is because I work a golf club and know how things work. My group paid $54 each to play. Our decision to do so, is it to much to ask that a ranger know the conditions and restrictions and be a little considerate to guests of the club. The cart we were assigned to was dirty, it had burnt matches and cigar wrappers in the cubbies of the cart. I would not recommend this course or courses to anyone ever. They seem to be just in the business to get the money and have no clue about customer service. If anyone chooses to play at either of these courses, just know not to expect to much from the staff. We left and didn't finish our round of golf.
10 by Peter - 10/11/2015
One of my favorite courses in Myrtle Beach. Have played it on my last two trips and will continue to include it every year. Excellent layout and a good challenge for every type of golfer. All staff very friendly and helpful with local info on the course.
10 by Dave - 08/01/2015
Staff very good. Course in great shape.
10 by Karl (Winston Salem, NC) - 12/20/2014
Great day of golf. Ended our trip with this wonderful course. We will be returning to play its sister course on our next golf trip.
8 by Gerard (Commack, NY) - 12/08/2014
9 by Sabrina & Guest (Fonthill, ON) - 11/25/2014
9 by Bryan (Roanoke Rapids, NC) - 11/18/2014
8 by M/M John (Wasaga, ON) - 11/16/2014
Waterway Hills Golf Club, one of only two Robert Trent Jones designs on the Grand Strand along with The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, officially ceased operations on June 24, 2015. It had been purchased earlier in the year by LStar Management, owner of the neighboring Grande Dunes residential development.
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