Golf was big in the Treasure Coast back in the 60s and into the 70s. We hosted many big events in the spring when professionals and celebrities would vacation here. One of our area's older courses isn't well-known except by the locals.
Pine Lakes Golf Club is a bit hidden, sitting just south of the Treasure Coast Mall, and just west of U.S. 1 in north Stuart. Once you find the course, you will see why it's a favorite of many locals.
Pine Lakes has three sets of tees, playing to 4,766 from the back; 4,449 from the middle and 3,912 from the forward set. Each nine plays to a par of 33, with six par 4s and three par 3s on each side.
What the course lacks in length it more than makes up for in narrowness. If you have a club that you can hit straight all day, make certain that it's in your golf bag before heading here. One club you may leave behind in its place is your sand wedge. There are no bunkers on the course at all.
Water only comes into play on a half-dozen holes, but there are a lot of trees and small greens. There are also several sharp doglegs forcing you to either gamble or hit your shots to a specific portion of a narrow fairway.
One thing I really like about Pine Lakes is that you can walk this course with ease. The course sits on about 75- acres of land. This means that tees and greens are quite close to one another. Here one can easily walk 18 holes in under three hours.
The best hole on the course may be the par-4 third. From the back tees, this hole plays over 370- yards long. There is water down the left side the entire length of the hole. The farther you play to the right, the more you bring trees into play as well as the water on your second shot.
On the back nine, the 15th will get your attention. From the tee box on this 380-yard par 4, there are plenty of distractions. You have water, trees, the 14th green and more trees. You approach shot has to hit one of the smallest greens on the course and avoid a pair of deep ditches.
Pine Lakes Golf Club may not have all the fancy amenities that some golfers simply must have. What it does have is character, wrapped up in a box of fun and grill and pub with great sandwiches and drinks that are as cold as your ex's heart.
To experience the course, call the club at (772) 692-0346 or visit www.pinelakes-golfclub.com
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James Stammer has been an avid golfer and golf enthusiast for nearly 40 years. He hosts the Thursday Night Golf Show on WSTU 1450-AM. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.