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FALL 2018

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V isitors to Pine Lakes Country Club may notice a new look, but it's really a glimpse into the property's storied past. That's because Pine Lakes—the first golf course along the Grand Strand—has made a conscious effort to return to its Scottish roots. Pine Lake's fond embrace of its legacy can be seen on and off the course: Button-down shirts with plaid ties are back for the golf staff, as are the complimen- tary seasonal servings of clam chowder and summer- time non-alcoholic mimosas. Starters are even adorned in kilts and bow ties. Few greetings in golf have as much grandeur as The Granddaddy of Golf in Myrtle Beach. "So many golfers remember all of those little things from Pine Lakes that add up to one big hit," says Pine Lakes head professional Jonathan Brock. "There are so many modern designs out there now, but this place is just enriched in history, and we try to embrace it and be all about the history that we are so proud to have." Where do we start? Well, the original design was mastered by Scottish native Robert White, a friend of legendary architect Donald Ross. His 1927 layout, which at the time featured 27 holes, was the original Myrtle Beach golf course and accompanied the first oceanfront accom- modations—the Ocean Forest Hotel—a 9-iron away on the beach. The antique clubhouse also provided lodging on the second and third floors, and its basement— unusual for a beach dwelling—was an escape for many during Hurricane Hazel. In addition, Pine Lakes' history includes hosting a business retreat for Time-Life executives in the 1950s. The discussions led to the founding of Sports Illustrated, and a framed copy of the original first issue of the sports magazine hangs in the club's History Hall. 32 | | FA L L 2 0 1 8 M E M B E R C L U B P RO F I L E The Grand Strand Granddaddy Pine Lakes Country Club is moving ahead by looking back at its Scottish roots BY DAVID DROSCHAK Pine Lakes Country Club 5603 Granddaddy Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Opened: 1927 Architect: Robert White Fast Fact: Home of the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame Inside Pine Lakes: The legendary Gene Sarazen played many rounds here. A plaque honoring the seven-time major champion is located at the 10th tee box.

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