Course History


Whispering Pines Golf Club

Set along the shores of Lake Livingston, Whispering Pines Golf Club rests on 450 acres of beautiful pine and hardwood forest.  The property was acquired by Barbara and Corby Robertson in 1970 for neighboring Camp Olympia, a renowned summer camp.  Mr. Robertson staked out the golf course routing in 1992.  Timber was cleared, seed was sown, and soon afterward, "Olf” (golf without the greens) was being played by Camp Olympia’s Junior Golf Program.  By the mid-nineties, Camp Olympia Golf Course, as it was known then, was partially complete and featured the first Flora Dwarf greens in Texas.

In 1998, Mr. Robertson’s vision broadened to create world-class golf to support the Texas Medical Center, health related causes, and the promotion of amateur golf.  The new vision founded the Spirit Golf Association (SGA), a 501- c – 3 charity organization that manages all membership and tournament activities at Whispering Pines.  The SGA Membership program consists of Individuals, National, Corporations, Spirit Tournament Sponsors, and Charitable Partners who make an annual contribution to support SGA charitable beneficiaries.  Through their annual contribution, SGA members enjoy membership benefits to Whispering Pines Golf Club.  Operating on a two season basis from March to July and September to December, Whispering Pines offers members and their guests an intimate, world class golf experience.

Chet Williams of the Nicklaus Design Group was hired to design the best course in Texas.  Twenty months later, in March 2000, Whispering Pines Golf Club opened its doors, and as golfers found their way, rave reviews ensued.  Whispering Pines debuted as the 3rd Best New Private Course in the nation by Golf Digest.  Since 2006 Whispering Pines has held the #1 course in Texas ranking by the Dallas Morning News.  Whispering Pines has also been recognized as the #11 overall Greatest Golf Retreat in America by Golf Digest and in 2009 became ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Courses America by Golf Magazine.  Golfweek Magazine ranked Whispering Pines as the #45 Modern Course in America in 2010.

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