No one will ever claim Pine Lakes do be a particularly difficult course, but it does manage to keep your attention. At just short of 6,700 yards and a par-70, this is one of those very playable tests that you shouldn’t lose many balls or need to hit lofted spinning approaches into shallow elevated putting surfaces. There are several ponds to capture sloppy play, but nothing too penal. The greens were restored to their original largeness with only a few sweeping breaks and nothing too severe, while the paspalum surfaces putt smoothly with medium speed. There are many good holes, but I particularly favored the stretch between the 14th and 17th. They play through the pines and constitute a wonderful walk. Speaking of walking, the routing is easily walked though the two new holes require a bit of a hike. For the most part, the terrain is very level, and the holes feature generous avenues to push-up greens that usually invite a run-up approach. There is a bit of mounding around a few putting surfaces, but overall the look is natural and unforced – more on the minimalist side.
Pine Lakes was originally built in the 1920’s and meant for the rich and famous. It’s 27 holes have been condensed to 18 holes that were redesigned in 2009. The entire course was changed over to SeaDwarf Paspalum to better withstand the humidity and salt air of our area. Pine Lakes is also where Sports Illustrated was conceived. Playing at par 70 and 6,675 from the tips Pine Lakes is a very fair test of your game. It has retained its Scottish theme over the years and is called “The Granddaddy” by many.