(Note: This is the sixth of a series of reviews of public golf courses in the Lowcountry.)
Pinecrest Golf Club opened in 2004 as a private course; for several years it was operated by Cannongate management.
The architect was Rocky Roquemore, who choreographed a great layout with tall pines and water coming into play on 12 of the 18 holes. Since 2001 the course has been managed by Brown Golf.
The driving range is one of the best facilities in the Lowcountry. It has a double-sided range with Titleist range balls instead of the solid center balls you see at most ranges.
The short game area has two large putting greens where you can practice all length putts with undulation. It is a great place to practice chipping. There is an elevated green to work on pitch shots.
Recently the course has undergone a number of improvements. The greens are in excellent condition. Management is working on up-grading the drainage, teeing areas and fairways. They have installed new hole signs that are very helpful. The signs show the layout of the hole and distances from each of the five sets of tees.
The most challenging hole is the par 5 No. 7. It is very long and is the number one handicap hole. It is a constant dogleg to the left, which makes it very difficult for slicers of the ball. You need to hit two or three good shots before you can even see the green. There are woods on both sides of the fairway and it is well bunkered.
The picturesque finishing holes on both sides, No. 9 and No. 18, are two of the best holes in the Lowcountry. They both are dogleg holes with a scenic lake all along the side of each hole. You will have a forced carry over the water onto the green.
There is a fantastic view of these holes from the back deck of the clubhouse.
One of the best things about Pinecrest is the people. For instance, at the bag drop, Loyal Fiawoo, who has been at the course for 15 years, will take your clubs to your car.
The restaurant, the Parkway Pub, caters to golfers with its varied menu and great service. Locals also enjoy the happy hour and live music on the second Friday of each month.
Anthony Mastrangelo, head golf professional, is proud of his staff. “Come see us and receive the full Pinecrest experience from the bag drop to the pro shop,” he said.
Call for tee times at 843-757-8960.
Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local courses. firstname.lastname@example.org; golfdoctorjean.com