Myrtle Beach’s Golden Oldies: 3 Golf Courses That Helped Start it All

July 8, 2015

Pine Lakes Country Club – 1927
Pine Lakes is the Myrtle Beach's first golf course

The Granddaddy opened its fairways and those of the destination in 1927. Originally named Ocean Forest Club, the course survived the Great Depression and was renamed Pine Lakes in 1944. Designed by Robert White, former PGA of America president and a native of St. Andrews, Scotland, Pine Lakes oozes history and the Southern hospitality that has come to define the area. If you are interested in the Grand Strand’s rich history, play Pine Lakes and spend a few minutes afterwards in the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame courtyard learning about the area’s pioneers.

Dunes Club – 1948
Dunes Club is one of Myrtle Beach's most iconic courses

If Pine Lakes was the engine that started Myrtle Beach on its way to golf travel popularity, the Dunes Club was the fuel. The classic Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout is a consensus top 100 public course and a joy to play. Dunes Club has hosted six senior PGA Tour Championships and the U.S. Women’s Open, among many other storied events. Waterloo, the course’s famed 13th hole, is a near 90-degree dogleg right that is the area’s most iconic hole.

Myrtlewood PineHills – 1966
Myrtlewood enjoy a premium location along the Myrtle Beach golf scene

Located in what is now the bustling heart of Myrtle Beach, Myrtlewood’s PineHills Course opened in what was, at the time, a secluded part of the city less than three miles from the Atlantic Ocean. It was a prime location in 1966 and as the area has grown up around it, Myrtlewood enjoys even better location today. Famed architect Arthur Hills remodeled the layout in 1993 and it continues to be among Myrtle Beach’s most popular golf courses.