Pine Forest Country Club is in Summerville.

History – Pine Forest Then and Now

Pine Forest Then…

Pine Forest Country Club

In its heyday, The Pine Forest Inn, was a premier resort on the East Coast and favorite stop for the moneyed crowd who enjoyed golf, hunting and horse-racing along with the garden-like setting in historic Summerville.

The Pine Forest Inn was a rambling three-story wood building that contained 200 guest rooms, dining rooms capable of serving more than 250 guests, ballrooms, private parlors, wine and smoking rooms. The entire structure had elaborate woodworking, giving the place a majestic appearance. Every room in the Inn was furnished with a fireplace, and later on, steam heat, the last word in modern conveniences at the time. Additionally, the Inn had its own 900-foot well, known for it’s medicinal qualities. This majestic state-of-the-art complex was even replete with its own power plant, dairy, hennery, telegraph office and long-distance telephone service.

The recreational amenities of the Inn were numerous and diverse. The amenities of the day included an 18-hole golf course, 2,000 acres of hunting grounds, elaborate stables, tennis courts, a croquet pitch, fishing areas, three bowling alleys, a billiards room and a shuffle board area. And of course, excursion trips to Tea Farm, Middleton Place and Magnolia Gardens were also available if patrons wanted to take a walk through gardens and experience the peace of the area’s unique natural beauty.

The heyday of the Inn lasted from 1891 into the 1930′s. Unfortunately, the combination of the depression, World War II and an increased interest in resorts in Florida had a devastating effect on the Inn and eventually forced it to close. When the Inn was finally dismantled in the 1950′s, many Summerville residents obtained pieces of the Inn’s mantle and woodworking as a memento of Summerville’s Golden Age.

Pine Forest Now…

The Twenty-First Century version of Pine Forest offers an impressive array of recreational opportunities reminiscent of its’ historic predecessor. Pine Forest has been called Summerville’s “Most Family Oriented Country Club Community”.

Pine Forest offers a quiet, secure neighborhood with easy access to employment centers, schools, churches and shopping. Whether retiring or raising a family, Pine Forest is a perfect choice.

The 18-hole golf course was recently rated four stars by Golf Digest placing it in the top 5% of courses in the United States. The course has earned the nickname “the hidden gem”. Five sets of tees are available so that players of all ability levels can enjoy the unique challenges provided by the course. Our PGA golf professionals are also available to help you improve your game through a variety of lessons and clinics.

The lighted tennis complex is also considered one of the finest in the region with its’ ten meticulously maintained clay courts, while the junior Olympic size swimming pool allows members and their families to take a refreshing dip to cool down on a hot summer day.

Our unique cabana bar along with full-service clubhouse grille is the perfect location to host wedding receptions, corporate events and other special events.

The Club at Pine Forest ~ Summerville, South Carolina

Charleston area’s Golf Course of the Year 2008! Discover “Little Augusta” for yourself.

Owned & Operated by Two Lifetime PGA Professionals

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Our Mission is to entertain you in a safe, clean, progressive, and active club environment with a relentless pursuit to elevate our service standards to a degree that exceeds your expectations.

Nestled among the Carolina Pines of Summerville, The Club at Pine Forest awaits the golfer searching for a championship course. With tree-lined fairways and elevated greens, The Club at Pine Forest is one of the most challenging courses in the Lowcountry. The 12th hole, fittingly nicknamed “Little Augusta” is a 324 yard par 4, where the view of the green from the fairway is reminiscent of the 12th hole at Augusta National. This hole features one of the narrowest greens in the world at only seven yards wide in the center and twelve yards wide on the sides

Pine Forest Country Club

Course Details

Par: 72,  6905 yards
74.1 rating,  142 slope
Architect: Robert Spence, Ken Killian
1000 Congressional Blvd.
Summerville SC, 29483

 Phone: (843) 851-1193
Avg. Green Fee: $50 - $65

 
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Once dubbed 'little Augusta' because of its prolific pine trees and dogwoods, Pine Forest features gently rolling fairways framed by subtle mounding and countless elevated green complexes flanked by dramatic bunkering.
- Bill Kamenjar, Golf Styles Philadelphia

Course Description

So you think you’ve “found it.” Your game has come together and you’re playing really well. You want to know how well? Head to Pine Forest Country Club in Summerville. Area golfers will tell you, this is a place you want to play, if you really want to test your game.

At Pine Forest, slope and course ratings of 141 and 74.1 from the back tees tell only part of the story. You expect a course to be tough from the tips. But at Pine Forest, the slope rating tops 130 from three of the five sets of markers. That doesn’t mean that a round here is penance. On the contrary, it’s a pleasure, especially when you hit the perfect drive into a fairway often flanked by trees on one side and water on the other. Or you rifle an approach to a pin cut tight into a corner of a severely contoured green. Either way, this is a course that rewards accuracy, both in the long and short game.

Not that there aren’t many good holes here, but two of the best come early in the back nine. At the 428-yard 10th, a par-4 called “Double Trouble,” your drive must find a piece of fairway inside a U-shaped bend in a creek. And at the 360-yard 12th, called “Little Augusta,” you can test your precision against one of the better short par-4s in the entire area. Here, the green recalls the 12th at Augusta National, with water guarding the entire front. The horizontal target is only 12 steps – or less – deep, so distance control is a must.

Pine Forest Country Club is part of a residential development of the same name. But none of the holes have housing on both sides of the fairway, and seven of the holes have no development. Best part of all, nowhere on the course is there not another golf hole to either your right, giving the feeling of the great “country club” courses from decades gone by.

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