Shaftesbury GlenHighway 905, North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582
Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club is located on the outskirts of Conway, SC in the heart of the Myrtle Beach area. Opened in 2001 and designed by Clyde Johnston, Shaftesbury Glen is one of the newer golf courses on the Grand Strand. But the excellence of Johnston vision left a classically conceived course that looks like it’s existed for decades.
At Shaftesbury Glen, Johnston took classic elements of such courses as Winged Foot and Augusta National, crafting a layout replete with crenellated bunkers, subtle doglegs and large, undulating, often elevated greens. Water comes into play, but more often in a strategic (flanking or angled) rather than penal (forced carries) manner.
A prime example of this is the 450-yard, par four ninth hole. A stream winds its way up the right side of the fairway before crossing at about 150 yards from the green and continuing up the remainder of the left side of the hole. While a drive in the fairway should make the stream simple to carry on the second shot, when one hits his or her tee shot in the healthy Bermuda rough at Shaftesbury Glen, a decision arises: lay up short and accept a long third shot or challenge the stream in order to have a decent chance to make par? Great long par fours such as the ninth challenge players to make important, sometimes nerve-wracking decisions in order to card the lowest possible score.
Shaftesbury Glen is one of very few courses in the Myrtle Beach area with bentgrass greens, its putting surfaces being of the A-1 variety.