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Shaftesbury Glen Opens After Major Renovation

September 23, 2019

Improvements Include Replacing Greens, Resurfacing Existing Bunker Faces

Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club is proud to announce that major renovations to its greens, bunkers and around its fairways have been completed, and the course recently re-opened.

Ryan McCarty, general manager of Shaftesbury, said the 6,935-yard course had its greens replaced and its bunker faces resurfaced. The renovations included having mounds built and 250,000 square feet of added waste areas to the remaining holes from the first renovation in 2016.

“Shaftesbury Glen has always been known for being in fantastic condition with great greens,” McCarty said.  “And he wanted to make sure it stayed that way.” 

“In the summer of 2018, we started to see the age of our greens and were not able to keep them in the condition that we are known for, and what our players expect,” McCarty said of the course that opened in 2001. “We decided to change the greens to a more heat-tolerant grass.”

McCarty said they decided to install Sunday Ultradwarf Bermuda grass. He said this strand of grass is fairly new to the market but is quickly growing on the Grand Strand.

“Sunday Bermuda is very heat tolerant, and easier to maintain than A1 Bent, and will not compromise the putting surface,” he said. “We will be able to keep the speed of the greens to an industry standard and provide a true putting experience for our golfers. The greens are a thick, lush emerald green and just as quick as A1.”

Shaftesbury Glen also administered a waste-area renovations project that started in 2016.

“We have added additional waste areas which will help drain the course,” McCarty said. “This will hopefully eliminate some of the ‘cart path only’ days. This project will also allow our guests to navigate around the course easily when we do have to remain on cart paths and increase the pace of play.”

McCarty said each waste area was specifically designed to help the golfer get closer to his or her next shot and were added or extended to many of the holes.

“The staff of Shaftesbury Glen has worked very hard this summer to produce a product that we are very proud of,” McCarty said. “David Kingsland, our superintendent who has been here since the initial grow-in of the course was instrumental to the success. We are excited for everyone to play the new Shaftesbury Glen and see for themselves.”

Go golf at Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club in Conway, S.C. and experience Clyde Johnston’s dream brought to life of a traditional English-style golf course with all the beauty and drama of major championship venues. Acquaint yourself with the origins of the game with a visit to the Shaftesbury Glen English Manor Clubhouse, also home to a first-class pro shop, restaurant and bar. If you play Shaftesbury Glen, you will want to return to play again and again. Visit ShaftesburyGlen.com for more information. To book a tee time, call (843) 369-1800. All tee times must be booked within a 48-hour window.

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