Pine Lakes International Country Club is a Semi-Private 18 hole golf course located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Pine Lakes is nicknamed "The Granddaddy" because it is the oldest course on the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand. The course opened in 1927. St. Andrews, Scotland native Robert White, the first PGA of America president was the course architect. Pine Lakes is a throw-back to the best of the traditional layouts. White, who consulted with Donald Ross on the design, created a straight-forward 18 through the pines, oaks and elms. There are even hints here of Alistair MacKenzie, particularly on the 170-yard 7th which plays through the woods downhill over a lake to a green surrounded by three large bunkers. In April, the blooming azaleas and dogwood behind the green give the hole a look similar to Augusta's 12th.
Pine Lakes was originally built upon natural dunes less than a half mile from the ocean and featured numerous freshwater lakes and rolling fairways. Pine Lakes has surpassed its initial glory after a complete restoration. Craig Scheiner completely renovated this classic golf course while maintaining Robert White's original design. The spirit of the 1920s era remains intact and Pine Lakes is a course true to its roots.
Par for the course is 70. From the back tees the course plays to 6,675 yards. From the forward tees the course measures 4,758 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 10, a par-5 that plays to 554 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 11, a par-3 that plays to 155 yards from the back tees.
$36 (cart included), played on Tuesday, May 2014 at 8am
Played here 5-27-14 as a practice round for the Retired Military Golf Classic, where one of the four rounds will be played at Pine Lakes for the first time.
I've been coming to MB for 25 years, and have played about 50 courses here (some of which are now closed), but somehow never got to Pine Lakes: an egregious oversight on my part. Course is an outstanding example of the best in MB golf. I really liked it: challenging, but fair to players of all levels. Lots of everything except elevation change...but it is coastal Carolina! Design is memorable, with no two holes alike, and no houses anywhere in sight. Fairways are generously contoured, with some slopes and mounding. Bunkers are plentiful, and artfully placed. Greens are fairly large, and not oppresively sloped/contoured, although many have sharp drops just off the putting surface.
Conditions today were excellent: fairways were in great shape, the bunkers were firm, and the greens were moderately fast. Staff was uniformly excellent: courteous and attentive without being pushy.
Overall, a very positive golf experience: I highly recommend!
Guest (cart included), played on Wednesday, October 2011 at noon
New layout is nicely done. More difficult than the old course. New facilities are impresive.