The Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association 2009 Course of the Year has also been honored by Golf World and Golf Digest in the past decade. Not all that long ago, Shaftesbury Glen Golf and Fish Club was also nominated as one of Golf Digest’s Best New Public Courses.
And while it hasn’t even been open for two decades, Shaftesbury is staying the course with what starting turning heads to begin with. It’s still using the A-1 Bentgrass greens - something only a handful of area courses offer - and it has maintained its reputation for supremely manicured turf.
What’s more, Shaftesbury Glen also won’t destroy the common golfer. Bunkers galore are neutralized in spots by forgiving landing areas to open each hole.
“The generous fairways are a big thing our clients like,” head professional Ryan McCarty said. “It seems like some courses have made theirs harder. I’m not saying ours is an easy course. But most courses, people struggle off the tee.”
The difficulty in other spots is apparent on No. 18. The par 4 plays straight from start to finish. Granted, five bunkers protecting the oversized green erase the cushion you started with in a hurry.
by Ted - 03/08/2017
Course is in very good shape from Tee to Green. Nice layout but nothing that jumps out or wows you. The par 3's are strong even though they are all about the same yardage. Hole's #9 & 18 are strong finishing holes. Course was busy but pace of play was ok. Again nice course just don't expect any pizazzz....
FYI: Greens were very fast!
by Greg - 03/05/2017
good opening course excellent condition greens were quick but rolled smooth sand in traps very fluffy all greens elevated so hit the ball high
by John D - 08/25/2016
I always like to play this course because of the layout but per previous comments the greens are in poor condition.
by Phil - 08/04/2016
Greens were so wet they were extremely chewed up, in terrible condition. Tees and fairways were good, but greens horrible. Not worth the drive from Myrtle. And the huge rattling fans on every green detracted from the atmosphere.
by John D - 07/26/2016
It had not rain for a few days and temperatures reached in the upper 90's but they never told me that it was cart path only when I booked a tee time (I got Shaftesburied again...). All the so call renovation they made must have not included drainage! Care to play this course please make certain that you can ride the fairways or it will be a wet day.
by Ron (Baden, PA) - 07/23/2016
Really like this course due to excellent course conditions and bent grass greens. Will continue to play here when in MB. Only bad part was cart path only on the day we played.
by Steve - 07/18/2016
Course always in great shape from tee to green. Clubhouse was understaffed in the grill, check-in and on the course.
by Ted - 06/04/2016
First time playing since renovations. Course is in good shape. Some thin areas on Tee Boxes & Fairways but nothing that can't be overlooked. Greens were perfect with lot's of different holes. Now the bad part: Pace of play was horrible. 4 foursomes in front of us that more into partying than golfing. Ranger came out on 6th hole & told us he was going to get them to speed up. Next 2 holes pace of play was fine but then slowed down to a crawl again. Did not see ranger again all day. Don't like being lied too!!!! . Funny, At the starter & bag drop area all the staff kept bragging on was how they keep up pace of play... Again Lip Service......
by Dave - 10/17/2015
Staff was friendly and attentive in all areas. Course features lots of wide, green fairways, with the primary challenge coming from some very impressive sand traps and bunkers on virtually every hole. Big, gaping sand monsters protect most greens. The bentgrass greens were in fine shape and rolled very true. This is one of the more moderately easy courses in the area, but it is kept in very playable condition and offered at a reasonable rate. The biggest negative for my threesome today was that one of the course employees drove a single over in a cart to "ask" us on the first tee if the single could join our group. We were not interested in cramping the style of our annual trip to the Grand Strand, but were we going to say "no" in front of the single? We had a good time anyway, but that was the only example of pretty poor judgement by the generally friendly and helpful staff.
by Seth - 08/11/2015
Had a 7:48 tee time for me and my son (11) on a 48 hour rate (49 bucks jr free). Was worried cause in the morning from 2 am till when we got to course it was windy and raining like crazy. I didn't think we would get out at all and sky looked bad then the rain stopped. We got out early only 1 group in front of us and 2 or 3 groups behind us so pace was perfect and we didn't push or get pushed. Due to rain bunkers were ground under repair as they had all washed out but not surprised due to rain. Greens were very nice and big. We enloyed this course and will be back. I would play it again.
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