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Founders Club

  • Overall: - 8.58

Located just off U.S. 17, the Founders Club golf course is nestled between Myrtle Beach and Georgetown in Pawleys Island, S.C.

Unlike any other course on the Grand Strand, the Founders Club recently received an overall rating of 8.0 from reviewers at Myrtle Beach Golf Insider. The course received even higher marks when it came to its pro shop and staff. The course has also been recognized as a top-30 course from the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel. Laid atop what had been the Sea Gull Golf Club, the Founders Club opened in 2008 to much anticipation and even more approval. The Tom Walker re-design incorporated some of Gene Hamm’s original architecture while also putting to use a natural environment that included native Lowcountry grasses, Carolina Pines and, of course, plenty of sand.

Aside from all that sand – which is put to use on about 85 percent of the cart paths, expansive waster bunkers and even a solid chunk of the roughs – the Founders Club design makes sure you know you’re at a different course right off the bat. The 20,000 square-foot putting green just outside the clubhouse also doubles as the tee box for the No. 1 hole. So every player teeing off on the front nine is hitting off a pristine Emerald Bermuda on the first shot. Rated as the 15th hardest hole on the course, however, can trick players into thinking the entire round is going to be that easy. The last four holes on the front include the first-, third- and fifth-handicaps. The par-4, 396-yard No. 7 has a definitive Walker feel to it. Elevation differences affect the distance between all seven tee boxes and a fairway landing area on the other side of a small pond. Manage that potential dagger, and there’s still a double-guarded green.

  • Overall:
    - 8.58
  • Tees:
    9
  • Greens:
    9
  • Fairways:
    8
  • Proshop:
    9
  • Grill:
    8
  • Staff:
    9
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Last 5 Reviews

Myrtle Beach Golf Insider
  • Bryan (Murrells Inlet, SC) - Staff are professional and very accommodating. Great customer service - 02/10/2017 - 9

  • garry - Great course. Groups nicely spaced out, friendly staff. - 01/26/2017 - 10

  • Ted - Nice Course. Not for everyone with all the waste bunkers but well designed. Course was in good shape overall, some very wet spots in some fairways but not unplayable. Some of the greens have some rough spots but overall nice. Very nice staff. Would recommend playing here. - 01/14/2017 - 9

  • Ken (Pawleys Island, SC) - Staff and everyone was very helpful. Little tricky getting from some greens to the next tee box, but we managed. Course gave us a information booklet for the course giving yardages and tips that was very useful. - 12/01/2016 - 8

  • Brian (North Bay, ON) - Staff was great. Only negative comment is too many waste bunkers. - 12/01/2016 - 9

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Founders Club Articles

Traveling Golfer Catches Up with Myrtle Beach Golf Ambassador Meredith Kirk

In his recent visit to the Grand Strand, The Traveling Golfer host Tony Leodora caught up with Meredith Kirk to discuss her many roles in the Myrtle Beach golf scene, and to play the second hole at Founders Club at Pawleys Island. - Read More

Four Reasons for an April Golf Getaway to Myrtle Beach

As you start preparing for the seasons to turn and getting a steady diet of links time, here are some pretty important reasons to get to Myrtle Beach in April, something so many others have already made a part of their annual routine. - Read More

Discover America’s Most Awarded Golf Trail

Amid the hoopla of the Myrtle Beach golf scene is a conglomeration of 11 of the finest courses the area has to offer. Together, their distinction comes with a separate moniker - the Waccamaw Golf Trail. From the north end of Murrells Inlet down to the southern tip of Pawleys Island, those tracks represent high-end golf with a Lowcountry feel. Centuries-old plantations, bending rivers and moss-covered oaks are incorporated into some fantastic designs that as a whole are unattainable anywhere else - Read More

Shake Off the Winter Blues and Save by Booking Golf in January

Most of the country is deep into the chill of winter. What's the best way for snow-bound and ice-weary golfers to shake off the bad weather, winter blues? Think spring — and start planning a spring golf trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Book during January and your spring golf rounds in America's Seaside Golf Capital will cost you less. - Read More

Traveling Golfer Television Show Comes to Founders Club at Pawleys Island

In his recent visit to the Grand Strand, The Traveling Golfer host Tony Leodora spent some time visiting Founders Club at Pawleys Island and its head golf professional, Corey Bowers. - Read More

Best Myrtle Beach Golf Courses You May Not Have Played

Don’t call them the comebacks. They’ve been here for years. But for whatever reason, these courses may have been passed over on your list of must-plays for the Myrtle Beach area. Maybe they aren’t centrally located; or possibly it’s their place among a cluster of other courses. Either way, it’s time make time for these five tracks and see exactly what they have to offer. - Read More

Four Reasons for a Waccamaw Golf Trail Getaway

We continue our multi-part series with four reasons to point the compass down from Myrtle Beach proper and take advantage of the Waccamaw Golf Trail. - Read More

How to Make Your Next Myrtle Beach Golf Trip a “Ryder Cup” Experience

Want to put a cool twist on your next golf buddy trip to Myrtle Beach? How about setting up as Ryder Cup format for your next trip? - Read More

Happy Holidays from Myrtle Beach Golf Trips!

Santa's 2015 holiday sleigh ride tour included the Grand Strand. Check out what he saw when he flew by some of our renowned golf courses. - Read More