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Pine Lakes Country Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.3

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 70
Myrtle Beach, SC
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Date Last Played: June 08, 2010

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Pine Lakes Country Club Review

Pine Lakes Country Club, known as the Granddaddy of Myrtle Beach golf courses, is a very good straight forward track and a golf club loaded with tradition.  Pine Lakes was designed and built by the first PGA president, Robert White, in 1927 and Sports Illustrated was founded at Pine Lakes shortly thereafter.  The club house is an impressive white southern colonial and the course was described as an old Scottish style track – the caddies and golf staff wear nickers (they used to wear kilts and ties) and may be going back to kilts in the near future.  The course is owned and managed by Burroughs & Chapin and went through a complete renovation and makeover done by Craig Schreiner in late 2008 to bring the Grandaddy of all Myrtle Beach golf courses back to the spirit of the 1920's.   Pine Lakes is currently on the National Register of Historical Places.
 

The front nine is pretty straightforward with a “what you see is what you get” nine – no tricks, no hidden hazards, and a good opportunity to have a relaxing and enjoyable nine.  The fairways are tree lined but a number of trees were recently removed to help the fairways recover from a very tough winter - new trees have been planted to replace them.  If you spray the ball you can usually find it and get back to the fairway to try and save par.  The majority of the fairways, from the tee box to the greens, are wide and forgiving.  You will encounter 11 bunkers, water on 8 holes, and some tough approaches.

The back seems more fun, a little bit harder (plenty of opportunities to get wet), more scenic, and was in better condition.  #14 is a fun hole with a long downhill drive to a lake across the fairway then back up the hill to a protected green.  #15 gives you a good risk reward opportunity to try and fly a huge beach to save some distance on this dog leg right. 

Pine Lakes is the only course in the area to have Sea Dwarf fairways and greens.  The greens are about average size with gentle slope and some undulation.  They were a little rough, slow, and bumpy when we played  thanks to one of the worst winters ever as well as some over seeding.  We were told that the greens normally are in good condition (a 9), smooth and true, and run about 9 to 10 on the Stimp Meter.  They range in size and a good number of the greens are elevated and a bit hard to hold. 

The fairways were also trying to recover from a tough winter and weren't in the best condition, again thanks to the very harsh winter.   Most of the fairways were wide and forgiving and you can pull out the driver and let 'er rip - but don't miss the fairway. 

This a course where you a can have a fun relaxing round and score well - no tricks, traditional and straightforward holes, with occasional water and bunkers that you need to manage. 

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,675 72.3 134
Blue 6,305 70.5 128
White 5,756 68.1 120
Red 4,758 68.6 111

Course Information

Course Architect:
Robert White, Craig Schreiner redesign
Greens Condition
7.0
Greens Difficulty
7.5
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Very
Beware of water on 15 holes and the 29 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.3 out of 10
Beauty:
8.5
Difficulty:
8.5
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
8.5
Value:
8.0
Condition:
8.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.0
Back Nine Rating:
8.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$45.00 to $145.00

The pro shop is well stocked, the clubhouse is great, and the practice facilities are good. Service is very good. Make sure you try some of the free clam chowder or soups they offer - excellent!

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.