“The Granddaddy” of golf courses, Pine Lakes hasn’t lost its charm
The year was 1927 and the place was Myrtle Beach, which since the turn of the century had transformed from nothing more than a fledgling coastal town into a bustling, up-and-coming resort destination. Robert White, a St. Andrews, Scotland-based architect and the first president of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of America, decided to build a golf course – Pine Lakes – a course that, nearly a century later, has stood the test of time and is fondly known today as “The Granddaddy” of Myrtle Beach golf.
Coastal Golfaway provides premier rates and tee time accessibility to the Top 25 golf courses on the Grand Strand, a list where Pine Lakes deservedly resides at No. 21. One word to describe the layout at Pine Lakes is “classic.” The course has just two par 5s (Nos. 5 & 10) and plays to a par 70. Meanwhile, most greens are very close to the tee boxes of the next hole. Additionally, there is a good mix of straightaway and dogleg par 4s, as well as a variety of unique par 3s – some requiring forced carries over water – and others forcing players to hit it a long way off the tee. With the smell of salt in the nearby ocean air as you play, Pine Lakes provides a golf course that, while just seconds from the hustle and bustle of the beach, takes players back to a different time and era.
While the golf course itself at Pine Lakes embraces Myrtle Beach golf’s historic past, the experience is geared to meeting the needs of the visiting golfer of today. Step inside the large, all-white, Colonial-style clubhouse, where you’ll find a bar and grillroom with TVs mounted for your enjoyment; a fully stocked pro shop with a staff that is eager to serve; and a locker room for freshening up after your round. Outside, there is a covered patio with chairs for you to sit and look out over the golf course along with two practice putting greens – one for the front nine and one for the back.