Pine Tree - Florida - USA

Pine Tree Golf Club,
10600 Pine Tree Terrace,
Boynton Beach,
Florida (FL) 33436,
USA


  • +1 561 732 6404

  • Joe Spadafora

  • Dick Wilson

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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.

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Description: Pine Tree Golf Club is prestigious, traditional and intensely private. Also, the course represents a precise challenge and is considered to be one of Dick Wilson’s finest designs. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 3

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.

5 / 6
Pine Tree
April 10, 2017


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Tom Doak claims that Dick Wilson did extensive work on the Seminole green complexes and Pine Tree sure felt like it had a Seminole vibe to me, i.e. requiring great precision in one’s approach shots. Merely landing on the green is insufficient to ensure one’s next shot is a putt, as there are plenty of opportunities to hit the green and find oneself in one of the hundreds of bunkers that Wilson surrounded the greens with. There are 5 holes with a realistic chance of running the ball onto the green, but the rest require aerial approaches. I'm hardly the only one feeling bedeviled here. I played with 2 members, both 11 handicaps. One made a 6 on #1 after a what we both thought was a good approach shortsided him in a bunker with about 15 feet of green between him and another bunker. "Typical Pine Tree," he sniffed. "Hit 2 good shots and make double." The other member calls the place Pine Trap. A third member told me he arrived in Florida with a 13 handicap and 6 weeks later is now a 17. The course was in wonderful condition—playing firm and fast—in February of 2016 and Ron Force’s recent restoration showed itself nicely. Force left the aircraft carrier tees (the longest is 150 yards) but returned the bunkers to Wilson’s original look. If you like challenging golf you’ll love Pine Tree. And you’ll be in good company, too. Ben Hogan called it the “best flat course in America.
5 / 6
Pine Tree
February 22, 2016


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Once ranked in the Top 100 golf courses in the world, this Dick Wilson creation from 1962 represents the best flat course in the States. This course arguably challenges every golfer with the most difficult collection of approach shots with the endless slew of impressively bunkered elevated greens. Every approach shot gets better and better as the round continues. This private club certainly flies under the radar, but it's one of the highlights in this golf saturated corner of the country.
5 / 6
Pine Tree
April 11, 2015


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