Whispering Pines, which opened in 1962, has found the fountain of youth. The course recently underwent renovations and a change in management that has reinvigorated one of the area’s best kept secrets.
The course delivers a peaceful round of golf, devoid of housing, right in the middle of Myrtle Beach.
Whispering Pines is an old-school design, placing a greater premium on precision than accuracy, though there is ample room off the tee. The course’s TifEagle Bermuda grass greens, which are small by modern standards, are outstanding.
The par 3s are the course’s strongest collection of holes, highlighted by the second and 17th. The second hole is layout’s shortest, playing 142 yards from the white tees, but with a bunker on the right and water on the left, the challenge is abundant.
The penultimate hole is the one you’ve most likely seen, even if you’ve never played at Whispering Pines. The 17th hole is located directly across from the new terminal at Myrtle Beach International Airport and it’s an enticing welcome to the course. The hole plays a stout 161 yards from the white tee and the prevailing wind is often in your face.