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3.7
34 Reviews (34)
5 Stars
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2
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3
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.6
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.4
76.1%
Recommend this course
28 out of 34 reviews
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3.4
8 Reviews (8)
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1
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.4
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
3.9
62.5%
Recommend this course
5 out of 8 reviews
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3.6
10 Reviews (10)
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Conditions
3.9
Value
3.7
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.1
70.0%
Recommend this course
7 out of 10 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Traditional
Par 72
Length 6771 yards
Slope 129
Rating 73.2

Located just one-half mile from the outstanding oceanfront hotels and attractions of the Grand Strand, Whispering Pines offers a distinctive combination of challenge and beauty, carved out of 250 acres of towering pines and mature hardwoods by designers Finger, Dye, and Spann.
Previously known as Myrtle Beach AFB Golf Club.

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Course Details

Year Built 1963
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Finger Dye Spann (1987)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required. Shirts with a collar and hemmed pants or shorts.

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.7
34 Reviews (34)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 7
Water Hazards 7
This course/club is great for:
Locals 6
This Course's Location is:
Near the Airport 9

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Reviews 1
1.0

Won't Play Here

It came to my attention when a neighbor went here to use the driving range. He was told to change his shirt as it was a shirt for supporting the blue line!! He politely declined and left.
I will never set foot on this course and pray to God you never need the blue line to come. My entire family are NYPD and I will be sure to spread this news. As you are well aware, there is no shortage of courses down here.

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Commented on 07/06/2020

Has nothing to do with the police for or against. Why turn things around. They simply do not allow any shirt with any type of wording. Everyone has to be so negative.

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Commented on 07/06/2020

I believe the policy is no shirts with any type of wording on it is not allowed. Not specifically a shirt supporting the blue line. That I am sure had nothing to do with be ask to change shirts. Just as at one time you must wear a shirt with a collar, this is the same idea, no shirts with wording. Its sad how things get turned around in a negative way.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Rude staff, greens aerated a month ago but look like it was done yesterday. It’s was hard to distinguish the sand trap from the greens. Charged $25 for 9 holes. If they had charged $10, I would have still felt like I got cheated Very disappointing.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Greens need work

Pro shop attendant very rude. He was 30 mins late showing up also! Greens have lots of dead spots! Put some champion Bermuda in their and it would be nice!

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very nice course

Very nice course with a fun layout! Course was not too difficult, in excellent condition and fun to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Layout

Great layout,pace of play is great, friendly staff, overall 10/10 experience!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice place to play for quick round

Played a couple 9's at Whispering Pines. Has been a number of years since I played it last, however it did not disappoint.
Very nice layout with challenging holes as well as simpler holes allowing for pace of play to be quick, (weather may have had something to do with it as well).
Greens rolled well, (although a few of the hole placements in some of the more undulated greens didn't make sense and made normal putts an adventure).

Can't go wrong here to enjoy a nice round as well as work on your game. Everyone we encountered were super friendly and very accommodating.

Well done and keep up the good work....will play again when back in the area ~

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 163
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Whispering Pines Golf Course – A Myrtle Beach Original

If you’re a golfer who has ever dreamed about stepping off the plane and right on to the golf course, Whispering Pines Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, SC can come as close as any club in America at making your dream come true. In fact, course owner Chip Smith has pictures of golfers lugging their golf bags and luggage across the street to play the golf course.

The golf course at Whispering Pines is as challenging as it is beautiful to look at. The course has been carved out of over 200 acres of mature hardwood and towering pine trees. The course originally opened in 1963 and was redesigned by Texas architects Finger, Dye and Spann in 1983.

If you like to see mother nature at her best, this is the place for you! In 1998, Whispering Pines was designated a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by Audubon International. At the time, they were only the 3rd course in South Carolina to achieve this honor.

For several years, conditions at Whispering Pines deteriorated and the course lost many of their regular players. In 2015, Atlantic Golf Management – who was the previous operators of TPC Myrtle Beach – stepped up and assumed management of the course. Atlantic has made many improvements, including better conditioning of the course, and have plans for many more.

You’ll find tree-lined fairways, strategically placed lakes, and well undulated TifEagle greens await your arrival at Whispering Pines. Although it’s located across the street from the airport less than five minutes from the heartbeat of the Myrtle Beach oceanfront, Whispering Pines offers golfers tranquility. There are no homes on the course, so no backyards or windows to worry about. It’s just you, mother nature and the occasional fighter jet buzzing overhead!

Favorite Hole: Number 14, Par 5, 463 yards. If you’re playing this course for the first time, you might look at the scorecard and immediately think “eagle opportunity.” But not so fast; this double dogleg is incredibly difficult to reach in two. Play your tee shot slightly right of the water and your layup shot slightly left of the large tree on the right side. That will leave a short pitch shot into a green cut on an angle and sloping back to front with two bunkers on the right side. This hole requires 3 well placed and controlled shots to have a chance at par or better.

Favorite Par 3: Number 6, 151 yards. This is an interesting little par 3 that plays over water to a green that slopes back to front. What makes it so interesting is that with a front pin placement, anything short stands a good chance of rolling back down into the water. Bunkers on either side of the green necessitate the need to hit the green.

Favorite Par 4: Number 8, 390 yards. Another of Whispering Pines challenging holes that feature a pond on the left side of the landing area and more water on the right. This creates a narrow landing area, so consider hitting a club that won’t carry to the pond. It will leave a longer approach shot, but better safe than sorry! From there you’ll play to an elevated green. A deep bunker guards the front left of the green and the mounding all around can make for an interesting up and down from the rough. Par is a good score here!

Favorite Par 5: Number 12, 538 yards. Off the tee, you’ll need to contend with a large tree in the middle of the fairway. Push your tee shot right and you could find the water. Once past the tree, you’ll find smaller trees along the edge of the fairway on the right side, so you’ll need to play your layup shot out to the left to have a clear line into the green. Two small, deep pot bunkers guard the left side; right of the traps and you’re likely to find more water! The green is small with some subtle undulations. No wonder this is the #1 handicap!

Whispering Pines has some impressive practice facilities including a full-length driving range; a chipping area and practice putting green. You can hit a few balls to get loose before your round or hit a few buckets and work on different aspects of your game so you’ll be ready for your next round. In case you can’t figure things out on your own, golf lessons are offered for all skill levels at the Whispering Pines Golf Academy.

Unlike many green grass golf pro shops that have given in to the big box golf retailers, the pro shop at Whispering Pines carries a good selection of golf apparel from such well-known companies as Antigua, Callaway, Divots and more. They also have the latest shoes from Nike and Callaway and the prices on the equipment they stock will match or in many cases beat the big box outlets. Whispering Pines pro shop also stocks a wide selection of balls, gloves, and accessories. Equipment and accessory brands include Adams, Titleist, Callaway, Cleveland, Nike, Wilson, and more.

Last Word: One thing you’ll notice at Whispering Pines is the size of the greens; for the most part they are small and elevated; a double whammy for many! This places a premium on accuracy on your approach shot. During your round, it’s not uncommon to see military jets doing some practice runs or flying over information. After all, the Myrtle Beach airport was once an Air Force base and the golf course was previously known as Myrtle Beach AFB Golf Club.

With an above average course rating of 70.9 and a slope of 128 from the White Tees, Whispering Pines offers most golfers a good challenge, with no gimmicks. As you stand on the tee, what you see is what you get, all you have to do is hit the shots and make the putts! It’s a great place to get in the first or last round of your Myrtle Beach golf vacation.

For more information on everything Whispering Pines has to offer, visit them online at playwhisperingpinesgolf.com. You can also book tee times through their website.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 43
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great place to play

Really enjoyed this course. Course was very well maintained. Greens were consistent. Tee boxes were in great shape. Fairways were perfect. If I had a complaint it would be the noise from the nearby airport. But for the cost you really can’t beat this place. $60, 4.5 hours to play 18, more forgiving golf course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 32
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Nice round

This is a locals course and in great shape. Fairways were good and greens were quick. Pace of play was average for this time of year. Not the prettiest of courses however a challenging round. We would definitely play again when in town.

Conditions Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Hidden gem

This course is awesome. Fairways in great shape. Greens in great shape and quick. Nice true roll on putts. This is certainly a hidden gem. Course is tight though...best be hitting them straight. Very challenging.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

RIP off

Over charge vacationers be careful if u try golf there...best thing is to go elsewhere

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Poor staff....ripoff

We have been coming to myrtle beach for the last 5 years for vacation to play golf. Yesterday I sent my boy who is 20 and he's friend who is 24 to play whispering pines that I have played over the years. When they came back they said that they only played 9 nines and was charged $44.00 per person. $25.00 for green fees and cart another $15.00 because they took their wives along to just ride and to set it all off another $4.00 each because they were not locals. Unbelievable!!!! Not locals .that's how these places make it on vacationers golfing then they charge extra. The pro shop was rude to them mustt not want the vacationers business. No problem won't be back. Been golfing all week here have hadno problems with any other courses but WHISPERING PINES. Not sure if it's under new management or what but gold elsewhere if you want fair rates and a good time.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Pleasant surprise

Talking to local people convinced me to try it. Much nicer than course I played in Conway at higher price. Greens in excellent shape. Course layout was excellent requiring some planning and good shot placement. I will definitely play this course again when I'm in town.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Course was in good condition, great value

Whispering Pines is close to where we stay while in Myrtle Beach, so I decided to give the course a shot. It was HOT(over 90*) at 1:15 when I teed off and I only ran into one other group during my round. I got around in just over 2.5 hours. Despite the high temps, I found the course in good shape. The layout is not overly long, so the course challenges you with small greens. The greens were rolling quite fast. I loved the red, white, and blue pin placement system they use there. More courses should do something similar.

I didn't find the proximity to the airport to be an issue. If you're the type of golfer who is easily distracted by the helicopters buzzing by, maybe look elsewhere. There are no houses on the course, which is not typical for many Myrtle Beach courses.

I enjoyed my round at Whispering Pines and I would certainly play there again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

New owners need to step up.

This course was apparently taken over by Vargo earlier this year, and it shows. The greens are terrible. It seems like every green rolls a different speed. The rough can be anywhere from an inch tall to 5 inches tall. The tees don't match up to the scorecards. It's pretty rough. It looks like Vargo is making cuts in all the wrong places.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 11/01/2017

This reviewer is incorrect. I believe he meant this as a review of another like names course. We are not managed by that company (I never heard of it), our greens are absolutely perfect and in the time he mentioned it was winter here and we would have zero rough... I hope he notices and deletes his comments. They are not accurate hence not fair. Thanks

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