Our staff is second to none. They are known for their passion for golf, from the General Manager, to the Assistant Manager, to the Superintendent, to the Cart Staff, to the Food & Beverage Manager. All of our Myrtle Beach golf professionals love “talking golf,” General Manager Steve Shaffer says, adding, “This is the best staff I’ve ever worked with!”
General Manager/Head Golf Professional Steve Shaffer has been working at Indian Wells since November 2016. Steve is from Cumberland, Maryland. He started playing golf casually around the age of eight with a friend and his friend’s mother.His grandfather got him started in bowling when he was only three years old, and he continued to bowl throughout his high school years.
Steve continued to play golf, going to the driving range as often as possible. At Fort Hill High School he played on the golf team, never missing a match in all four years of school. In 2001 his team won the local area championship. At age 14, Steve caddied at Cumberland Country Club, and at age 16 he worked as cart attendant and in the pro shop at Rocky Gap Golf Resort in Flintstone, Maryland, outside Cumberland. When he graduated, he worked fulltime at Rocky Gap.
About a year after graduating high school, Steve moved with a friend to Nashville, Tennessee, where he lived for nine months and got his twenties out of his system. During that time, he worked at a restaurant in front of Vanderbilt University.
Realizing that it was time to get some kind of career going, he moved back to Maryland and went back to work at Rocky Gap Golf Resort. There he met a man who had just graduated from the Golf Academy in Orlando, Florida. Steve admired the business savvy the man had gained from attending the Academy, so in 2002 he decided to attend the Golf Academy in Myrtle Beach. He graduated with an Associate’s Degree in December 2004.
During his schooling at the Golf Academy, Steve worked at a large golf supply store in North Myrtle Beach and then as an assistant in the pro shop at Waterway Hills. Then he worked at Long Bay, where he was promoted to First Assistant. As a First Assistant Steve was transferred to Aberdeen Country Club in 2006 were he would spend the next 10 years of his golf career learning the details of the golf business.
Steve now enjoys his life in mid-Myrtle Beach with his yellow lab, Bella