People always ask, which course is the best in Myrtle Beach?
A better question might be, which course is the area’s most underrated?
It’s a subjective debate, but there is no doubting Shaftesbury Glen’s rising place in the market. The Clyde Johnston design opened in 2001 and has always been regarded as a good course, but a 2016 renovation project has taken Shaftesbury to a new level.
The makeover included the addition of 250,000 square feet of waste bunkers, which frame many fairways and add considerably to the layout’s visual appeal. Perhaps best of all, the additional sand doesn’t make the course significantly more difficult as the bunkers are generally shallow.
A trade-off for the fairway hazards was the removal or softening of several greenside bunkers, making the changes a net positive for your handicap.
Combine those alterations with Shaftesbury’s bentgrass greens, which are among the area’s best, and it’s not hard to see why the course continues to gain in popularity as it nears its 20th birthday. The bentgrass thrives throughout the winter and spring months, and Shaftesbury’s open design helps ensure the greens remain healthy throughout the summer, leading to prime conditions each fall.
Locals and informed group leaders are dialed into the enhanced experience at Shaftesbury Glen but many are still catching up, leading to its place at or near the top of our list of Myrtle Beach’s most underrated courses. Being on that list means outstanding golf and tremendous value, and Shaftesbury delivers on both accounts.
No hole better captures the “new” Shaftesbury Glen than the 13th, a 497-yard (white tees) par 5. A waste bunker now runs up the right side, providing visual contrast on a hole that is reachable in two for long hitters, but a well bunkered green that is long and narrow demands a quality approach.