Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seeing Triple What's in a Name? Area Courses Called Pine Lakes Get New Looks

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seeing Triple What's in a Name? Area Courses Called Pine Lakes Get New Looks

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Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer

Things have been busy at Pine Lakes these days -- that's Pine Lakes both above and below the Florida-Georgia border.

As many area golfers know, there are three courses named Pine Lakes in and around Jacksonville: the Pine Lakes Golf Club, that began as a nine-hole course in 1965 and expanded to 18 holes by 1968, is located near the Jacksonville International Airport on U.S. 17; the Pine Lakes Course that is the oldest track at the Jekyll Island (Ga.) Golf Resort, built in 1969; and the Pine Lakes Country Club, part of the five-course Palm Coast Resort complex in Flagler County.

Some players found out the difference the hard way: by driving to one Pine Lakes when they had a tee time at the other. The confusion usually involved Pine Lakes in Jekyll Island and Pine Lakes in Jacksonville.

"The other Pine Lakes seems to have a lot of specials in the paper," said Jekyll Island director of golf Johnny Paulk. "Every now and then, we'll get someone here who thinks their specials are at our course. It's never really a problem. We try to find room for them to play, and our prices aren't a whole lot different."

Pine Lakes (Jacksonville) co-owner Eddie Davis said the confusion is rare at his course, but still happens. He adopts the Johnny Paulk, y'all-come stance.

"If they want to stay and play our course, it's fine with us, even if they meant to go up to Jekyll," Davis said. "If we're going to get confused with another course, I don't mind it, if it's a course Johnny's associated with."

The courses run by Paulk and Davis have undergone extensive renovations and repairs since last fall.

Davis and partner Eddie Fletcher, the former owners of the Dunes, got back into the golf course business last fall when they bought Pine Lakes and rescued it from near-oblivion. They've spent most of the past few months trying to tidy it up after years of neglect, and Pine Lakes regulars are starting to see the course they loved in the past get greener and more playable.

Davis and Fletcher also have purchased a new fleet of 60 carts, and have given them names of PGA Tour stars instead of numbers -- although it's strictly by chance if players get the Woods, Duval or Mickelson carts. …

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