Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame

Robert White

Robert White

Original Architect of Myrtle Beach's First Golf Course 2009

One of the most renowned golf course architects of his time, Robert White was the original architect of Myrtle Beach’s first golf course, the Ocean Forest Country Club, that opened in that 1927, and is now known as Pine Lakes Country Club.

The first president of the United States Professional Golf Association of America from when it was founded in 1916 until 1920, White was hired to build the Ocean Forest Country Club in 1927 and combined his native Scottish golf influences with a unique twist of Southern hospitality. When it opened in 1927, Ocean Forest became a playground for the rich and famous, with professional golfers Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen, as well as the country’s most prominent families, the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts, as frequent guests.

White was a founding member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects in 1946.

After retiring, White was a Pine Lakes resident until his death.