Looking for a “new” course to play along the Grand Strand?
Let me suggest you head to Shaftesbury Glen Golf Club. The Clyde Johnston design closed down in January and February for a renovation project that dramatically improved the course.
The most obvious change was the installation of 250,000-square feet of waste bunkers on the first, second, seventh, 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th holes. The sand beautifully frames the altered holes, providing a definition that was previously lacking.
What the additional sand didn’t do was substantially increase the difficulty of the A.W. Tillinghast inspired design. The waste bunkers are flat, making them easy to play out of, and Shaftesbury’s famed finger bunkers, which flank nearly every green, were significantly lowered, making them much easier to get out of.
An enhancement that isn’t visible to eye but is at least as important, was the installation of drainage under every fairway, bunker and green, transforming Shaftesbury into a course that rarely restricts golfers to the cart path.
One aspect that wasn’t changed during the renovation were Shaftesbury’s ever popular A-1 bentgrass greens, which are among the smoothest putting surfaces at the beach.