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FALL 2018

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Pine Lakes was the only golf course along the Grand Strand for its first 21 years, and it still consti- tutes the center of the Myrtle Beach golf scene. "We've been successful for so many decades because of our history and tradition, and just the name in general – people remember the name Pine Lakes," Brock says. "And our location has been a huge factor with us being one of the most central courses in Myrtle Beach. "If they were doing golf courses today with this piece of property, I don't know that it would be here," Brock adds about the prime location. "The clubhouse stands for itself. I think we have the best clubhouse and best logo on the entire beach. You don't realize you're in Myrtle Beach when you pull up to it." The Granddaddy closed down from 2006-2009 for a major renovation by architect Craig Schreiner, which brought the venerable links up to contempo- rary standards for players of all skill levels. "Ownership wanted to do as good a job as they could, but to keep it commercially viable as well," says Schreiner, whose home is adjacent to the third hole. "It's a very playable golf course. There are some strong holes from the back tees, but it's a friendly golf course." Water comes into play or offers some scenic splen- dor on 16 of Pine Lakes' 18 holes, as Schreiner added two totally new holes (Nos. 4 and 5) around a wet- lands area and eliminating two weaker par 5s. The result is a layout that plays a cozy 6,675-yard par-70 from the tips. Particularly memorable is the 14th hole, featuring a tee-to-green view of Myrtle Beach high-rise hotels. "You get to see how really close you are to the ocean on that hole," Brock says. Pine Lakes is also the only golf course in the area to utilize Seashore Paspalum grass from tee to green, using brackish water for its irrigation. "It's a golfer's golf course," says Ralph Cavalieri, an avid golfer who moved to Myrtle Beach from Virginia a year ago and plays Pine Lakes often. "There is nothing here to really stump you. You can't lose a ball unless you hit it in the water, so it makes people want to come back and play again. There isn't four inches of rough where you can't find your ball. It's a cool golf course experience." For most of its existence, Pine Lakes was owned by the Miles family, until the property was purchased by Burroughs & Chapin Co. The property sold a few years ago to the Founders Group, an investment company that owns 20-plus courses in the area. The historic course still logs more than 43,000 rounds a year from both tourists and locals who return, year after year, for a relaxing round of golf. "Pine Lakes is a visual experience – golfers need to come here and see it first hand as opposed to talk- ing about all the history," Brock says. And when they see it, they'll be transported back to a time when Myrtle Beach offered visitors a slice of Scotland. ■ David Droschak has covered golf in the Carolinas for 35 years during his two-decade career with The Associated Press and as the longtime editor of Triangle Golf Today and Triad Golf Today. He was named North Carolina's Sportswriter of the Year in 2003. FA L L 2 0 1 8 | | 33 Pine Lakes combines a central location with a classic design that has modern touches. "I've always focused on the putting surface as the heart of a hole, so these subtle greens are harder to read here than bold greens. It takes familiarity to execute, which makes putting at Pines Lakes so fun and challenging. " —Craig Schreiner, golf course architect

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