In the early 1960s, Dick Wilson was commissioned to fashion a challenging golf course at Boynton Beach on the southeast coast of Florida. The founder members of Pine Tree Golf Club gave Wilson a fairly unremarkable but large tract of dairy farmland to work with. In 1962, Pine Tree Golf Club hit the headlines after Ben Hogan declared that Pine Tree was the greatest flat course in the world. Since then, the club has gone from strength to strength.
More than forty years later, Pine Tree Golf Club remains prestigious, traditional and intensely private. Also, the course still represents a precise challenge and is considered to be one of Wilson’s finest designs.
Despite the flat topography, Pine Tree is a strategic test, which asks serious questions from even the best golfers. Bold, irregularly shaped and thoughtfully positioned bunkers are the hallmark of the course but sadly you’ll need to befriend a member to play Pine Tree. We can all dream.
Some very cool architecture and history await the golfer lucky enough to find themselves on Pine Tree. The first tee has a plaque with a Ben Hogan quote calling it "the best flat course in the country", and this may be so.
The beauty of Pine Tree is that you can make double bogey from anywhere on the course. On three of the first five holes I had wedge in and made 5 or worse because the green complexes are firm and angled so as to not forgive a less than perfect shot.
I really loved the "runway" or "landing strip" tee boxes. One even goes 170 yds and really allows for the maintenance crew to change how the hole will play that day.