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Pine Lakes Country Club,  aka “The Granddaddy of Myrtle Beach”, Forefather of Many Golf “Firsts”

By Stacy Solomon

If you are looking for a taste of history combined with an “old school” golf challenge during your next vacation, Pine Lakes Country Club, aka “The Granddaddy” of Myrtle Beach Golf Courses should top your list.

Pine Lakes Country Club distinguishes itself from many modern golf courses on the Grand Strand with its long historical background, southern architecture, traditional layout and walkable fairways. Opened in 1927, Pine Lakes has been given the endearing term “The Granddaddy” as it was the first golf course to open in Myrtle Beach…and what an impression it makes!

From the enormous columns to the equally stately chandeliers, this is definitely the “Southern Belle” on the Grand Strand; Pine Lakes is also the home to several “firsts” throughout the country.

Did You Know…

In addition to being called, “The Granddaddy”, Pine Lakes is also known as the birthplace of Sports Illustrated Magazine?

The first year SI “Anniversary” issue hangs on History Wall next to a photo of founder Robert White, the first President of the PGA of America.

Another first? The Pine Lakes logo; it’s older than Ralph Lauren’s brand, at the very least. In a battle between The Granddaddy and Lauren, guess who won? Pine Lakes.

Aside from the beauty and the country club “feel”, let’s take a look at a few reasons why Pine Lakes should be included on your list of “must-plays” when visiting the Golf Capital of the World.

With a prime location smack dab in the center of Myrtle Beach, Pine Lakes is easily accessible.
For all of the golfers who would prefer walking to riding in a golf cart, the Granddaddy is perfect for a fairway stroll; tee boxes are placed close to greens.
A little known fact: golfers can see the Clubhouse from all holes (go ahead and try it when you play here).
Pine Lakes is considered a straightforward and player-friendly golf course, it, too, has its challenges. Head Golf Professional Jonathan Brock says hole no.14, in particular, a 400-yard par-4, will add starch to your knickers. Considered his “most notorious hole”, Brock says “both length and water come into play on your second shot. Decide whether or not you want to attempt to carry over the water or play it safe.”

Renovations to the Pine Lakes golf course and Clubhouse have not detracted at all from the traditional look and feel of this historic Country Club. Come on down to Myrtle Beach and get a touch of southern hospitality directly from The Granddaddy…you will feel right at home!

Pine Lakes Country Club is open year round for golf and can be booked directly on site or through

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