Pine Lakes Country Club is "The Granddaddy," the birthplace of Myrtle Beach golf, and it’s celebrating its 90th birthday this year.
The course opened in 1927 and is rich with history. Pine Lakes was designed by Robert White, a native of St. Andrews, Scotland and first president of the PGA of America, and it was the birthplace of Sports Illustrated.
A trip through the clubhouse to sample Pine Lakes’ history is a must, but a layout that remains a favorite of Myrtle Beach golfers continues to be the primary attraction.
Pine Lakes Country Club, which plays less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean, is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach and is routed along rolling, natural dunes, allowing players to enjoy a classically designed layout and a chance to score.
A 2009 renovation project guaranteed that Pine Lakes would continue to be a Myrtle Beach favorite as its centennial approaches, but a challenge that remains almost exactly as White conceived it is our Myrtle Beach Golf Hole of the Week.
No. 14 – Pine Lakes Country Club
Yardage: 438 yards (tee #4), 425 yards (tee #3), 404 yards (tee #2), 327 yards (tee #1)
On a layout that isn’t exceedingly long (6,305 yards from tee #3), the 14th hole represents a brawny challenge. An elevated tee box overlooks the course’s longest par 4, which demands a long drive for two reasons: 1) it gives players a chance to reach the green in regulation, and 2) it takes the pond, which sits approximately 120 yards from the green, largely out of play.
A short drive will leave players with a dicey shot off a downhill lie over the water, a recipe for a big number. On the bright side, the fairway is exceedingly wide and if you play the hole wisely (i.e., don’t try to hit a hero recovery shot if you have a poor drive), the challenge is manageable.
In short, if your tee shot isn’t what you want, don’t be afraid to play No. 14 as a par 5 and try to take advantage of another hole.