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Pine Lakes Country Club

The first golf course in what would become the "Golfing Capital of the World", Pine Lakes Country Club was originally named Ocean Forest Country Club and was a jewel in a grand 1920s resort, crowned by the elegant, long-gone Ocean Forest Hotel. It is open to the public today as a daily-fee facility.


Pine Lakes Country Club
5609 Woodside Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Phone: 843-315-7700
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Site Description
The first golf course in Myrtle Beach, Pine Lakes Country Club was originally named the Ocean Forest Country Club and was constructed in 1927, mainly for guests of the famed Ocean Forest Hotel, which rose above the nearby Strand. Envisioned as part of a grand resort named Arcady, planned by South Carolina textile magnate John T. Woodside in the 1920s, the Ocean Forest Country Club included a 27-hole golf course designed by golf architect Robert White, the first president of the Professional Golfer's Association of America. The course clubhouse was designed by New York architect Raymond Hood, who also designed the Ocean Forest Hotel.

The stock market crash of 1929 drained Woodside's capital and his glamorous Arcady beach resort never materialized. The Ocean Forest Hotel survived under various owners until 1974, when it was destroyed to make room for modern condominium construction. The spectacular Ocean Forest Country Club also survived under new ownership, although the original 27-hole golf course was redesigned over the years.

Renamed Pine Lakes Country Club, its 18-hole golf course is known as the "Granddaddy of Golf Courses", now that Myrtle Beach has more than 100 courses and bills itself as the "Golfing Capital of the World." An extensive modern renovation by golf architect Craig Schreiner has restored the back nine holes of the course close to Robert White's original design with a Scottish flavor. The clubhouse has also undergone renovation to reflect its original elegant spirit. Pine Lakes Country Club is a daily-fee facility and is open to the public.