Shaftesbury Glen Golf and Fish Club
Wide Open and Out in the Boonies
Driving to this course for an early AM tee time you realize that there's nothing else around and that you are really out in the Boondocks.
John is a friendly guy who works in the pro shop and he was interesting to talk to.
We had the earliest tee time on the sheet and my BW was at the cart while I was inside. A gnarly little fellow named "Bobby" had decided that he would rearrange things and put us behind two threesomes. When I saw what he had tried to do, I had the starter put us back in front. We usually play 18 in less than 3 hours and would be waiting all morning.
This "Bobby" who was one of their starters proceeded to throw a tantrum. As it turned out we finished the front nine in an hour and ten minutes and we never saw any of those threesomes again. When we started to play hole #10 "Bobby" showed up and rudely told us we would have to wait for four foursomes to tee off before we could hit.
"Bobby" is rude and a poor representative for this operation.
The course itself has nicely manicured fairways and pristine greens. The fairways are very open and wide with no trouble in front of you.
The greens are all elevated with narrow entry to the nice putting surface, so you do have to fly the traps on your approach.
The design here is rather monotonous as it has straight fairways and big elevated greens throughout. Water only comes into play if you are a bad hooker as most water is left.
The concept of double booking is common in Myrtle Beach. During their many peak seasons here, the local clubs will book full tee times on all eighteen or twenty-seven holes. This maximizes the revenue for the courses but nullifies any fast play and enjoyment. If you enjoy tedious five-hour rounds then Myrtle Beach is the place for you. I have not seen this "double booking" in Texas or Hawaii where I play lots of golf.
May 5, 2015
Best Greens on the beach
This course is a lot of fun to play. You can swing away off the tee , but you better have a good approach shot or you will pay. The greens are one of the few Bent greens left on the beach and are the best i have played . What a great track!
July 15, 2014
Best Greens in Myrtle Beach
A great course, the best greens in Myrtle Beach that I have played. A fun layout, great for groups of ranging abilities. Staff was very friendly, made me feel welcome. Favorite hole was the par 3 8th, pictured on the site, make sure to take an extra club. Would highly recommend the course.
July 1, 2014
Wide open but WET!!!
Wide open course with elevated bent grass greens and numerous bunkers. We played two days after it rained. It was cart path only, and realistically it was so wet that the course should have been closed. The starter said the course is usually wet four days after a rain. I seem to find that problem more and more here in the MB area with courses. I personally don't understand how an area with a sand based soil cannot get golf courses to drain better than they do. Maybe in their hurry and in a cost saving mode to build all the courses that they have down here, they skimped on the drain tiles. Would love to play this course when it is dry. so the ball would bounce and roll, instead of plugging. Great layout, just watch the weather forecast before booking your tee time.
January 13, 2014