Pine Lakes Country Club already had history. The home of the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame first opened in 1927 and is recognized as the birthplace of Sports Illustrated. Originally laid out by Robert White, the man who had already served as the first president of the PGA of America before coming a golfing icon, Pine Lakes eventually went back to its roots. A major overhaul in the last decade further plays into Pine Lakes’ ultimate trump card, one that accompanies so much else the club has to offer.
“The history and the service reputation that it’s had is definitely a big part of it,” head professional Matt Daly said. “The golf course was renovated in 2009 and restored to its original design. Those features, it is definitely the way it should be.”
A straight-line approach persists throughout the round, with only a few hole employing doglegs or other obstacles. That said, the par-four No. 9 wraps up the front nine in spectacular fashion. An S-shaped pond on the left of the fairway bleeds shots to the other side of a slim fairway landing area. From there, double tree lines and a well-protected green means players are thinking about anything but the course’s rich history.
9 by John M. - 10/27/2015
We played this course as an opener to our golf trip and we were delighted with the experience. From the magnificent clubhouse to the practice area to the staff and to the course itself we had a great day. The course was in great condition and is very fair in that it rewards good shots. The putting surfaces were very good but all putts required attention. Overall the experience was top class and for those making their first visit to Myrtle Beach then I would recommend the course as a good introduction.
10 by Peter - 10/11/2015
Course layout is fantastic. The course itself was in good shape. My first time playing here and I was totally impressed. The staff were okay and very friendly. I would recommend anyone looking for a good course to play this one for sure, all though a slightly higher price I feel it is worth it. Don't forget to stop in and have a bite to eat either, well worth it.
9 by Peter - 10/09/2015
The oldest course in Myrtle Beach is a gem. I was impressed with the shape of the course even after the flooding that took place the weekend before we got there. Total time to play was just over 4 hours which was excellent. A must play for anyone heading to the area. Can't wait to play it again.
9 by Bill - 09/26/2015
Great starter, course staff not the most friendly but OK, also no cart girl at all - did not see her at all that is a big negative especially after they stressed NO personal coolers. If your cart girl never comes around then we would like to bring our own next time!
7 by Cjl - 09/14/2015
The golf course was nice, the day was beautiful! The bag drop attendants were curt and very interested in only talking to themselves. The golf marshals at the turn continued the rudeness and unprofessionalism at Pine Lakes.
Needless to say, this USED TO BE a favorite on our annual trip to Myrtle Beach!
8 by Jim - 09/13/2015
Today our foursome just had 4 pars on the 9th hole and we were all excited to be playing such good golf as we headed to the back nine. There was no other groups behind us for 3 holes and the pace of play was good. The starter named Ed (originally from Chantilly VA) was there at the green. He yelled to us "2:16!". I asked what that meant and he barked back "you're playing slower than I would like - 4 hours and 15 minutes is what I want". I replied "you're saying we're 8 minutes slow...? Well that's outrageous and you're missing the point of why we are here. It's to have fun." Clearly this guy is not in the right job. What he said ruined the day for me and soured the good course conditions and great layout. The fairways and greens were beautiful, the variety of holes was great and overall played long from the white tees. It's amazing that I hadn't played this course before, especially since I've played over 50 courses in the area over the past 30 years. Too bad the starter is such a small thinker and spoiled a fun day; fun thru 9 holes that is.
9 by Tom - 09/04/2015
Played there for the first time last year, left quite a few strokes out on the course. I intended to rectify that situation, when we go back in October. This is now one of our two must play courses, out of the 6 we usually choose. It was very beautiful course and even being in the center of town, there was quite a bit on wildlife. I would recommend this course to anyone, it was liked by everyone in our group, and our handicaps range from 2 -32.
6 by gjankowsk - 08/20/2015
Course was in very good shape. Very disappointed in the staff and overall experience. Played there about 10 years ago and it was great! The starter was fully dressed as a Scotsman. They served soup/chowder on the back nine. Great great time! This round however was just plain and business like and seeing where they cross started it took FOREVER to play the back nine! I believe the "ranger" knew the very slow foursome in front of us because he kept stopping and talking to them...never sped them up. Will not play there again. The "ranger" said to us we should not play so fast (we were not) as a response to our comments about slow play in front of us!
7 by Jim G. - 07/19/2015
I hadn't played this course for many years since our spring group years ago finally stopped coming because we felt that management was really never interested in whether we had a good time.
I went back this year to play the updated course. I was a single, had a tee time around 8:00, and arrived about 25 minutes early. Starter immediately asked me to tee off in a earlier group without any time to warm up or ever hit a practice putt. I didn't want to make a fuss, but I once again felt that course management wasn't interested in whether I had a good time, they just wanted to fill all openings in the tee sheet. In my mind, management still didn't care about the customers. I ended up playing OK but will think twice before I return.
Greens were OK, but many fairways had significant poor grass areas. Maybe this is a result of the harsh winter. You definitely can't play summer rules (or play it down) at Pine Lakes. I played the course at 6300 yards. There were two par five's, but also had 4 par four's over 400 years. So, it felt longer that a normal 6300 yard course.
Last comment is that the greens crew needs better training. The 16th hole is a pretty par 3. The pin was in the back. The entire back of the green on the right side was perfect. But the greens staff placed the flag on the left in an area that has many pot marks of dead grass. There was no excuse for that pin position.
6 by Mike - 07/10/2015
Never ever again! Although the course was very nice the staff is horrendous. We played with a foursome of which one was handicapped. The staff was so rude we felt as if we were an employee being spoken to in a condescending manner. To top it off we were literally yelled at for driving our golf cart to the car as we do on every other course. Apparently you are not supposed to but no one told us and there are no signs stating so. I have been golfing in Myrtle Beach for 15 years and I can say never ever again here!!
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