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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.

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Timothy

03/04/2017

A great layout and in good condition. The staff was very friendly. You just might wear out your sandwedge here because there are many bunkers but that's part of the game.

Ted

03/03/2017

Fun Course. Lot's of waste area's but very playable. Several holes with elevation changes which is unusual for MB. Might not be some players cup of tea but after playing it several times I think you would enjoy it. Pace of play was excellent.

Ted

03/03/2017

Fun Course. Lot's of waste area's but very playable. Several holes with elevation changes which is unusual for MB. Might not be some players cup of tea but after playing it several times I think you would enjoy it. Pace of play was excellent.

John (Chesapeake,VA)

02/22/2017

Also great. Tough layout. Getting a replay after first 18 was easy. Pro shop staff was great.

Bryan (Murrells Inlet, SC)

02/10/2017

Staff are professional and very accommodating. Great customer service

garry

01/26/2017

Great course. Groups nicely spaced out, friendly staff.

Ted

01/14/2017

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.

Ken (Pawleys Island, SC)

12/01/2016

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.

Brian (North Bay, ON)

12/01/2016

Staff was great. Only negative comment is too many waste bunkers.

David (Manchester, CT)

11/28/2016

First time playing Founders since the renovation. They did a nice job but might have gone a little overboard with the waste bunkers. They come into play on almost every hole. But did enjoy the course.

David (Essex Junction, VT)

11/12/2016

Starting process and people not great. No good way to take clubs to car with cart. Course layout not to my liking. Course not in great shape, greens fair for time of year. Very slow and ranger didn't move anyone along. Would not play won't come back.

Keith (Sheboygan, WI)

10/24/2016

Another awesome experience.

Robert (Towanda, PA)

10/19/2016

Little evidence of storm. Beautiful layout. Makes tee shots fun with large landing areas. Second shots and more requires planning enjoyable afternoon.

Ted

10/15/2016

Course is in great shape 1 week after Hurricane Matthew came thru. Hat's off to the grounds crew. Their were lots of trees down everywhere but none that came into play. Fairways were dry in most spots & the Greens are rolling true. The staff are very nice.

Ted

09/26/2016

Tee Boxes & Greens are in good shape but the fairways need some maintenance. Lots of weeds growing the fairways & around some greens. Pace of play was good. Interesting design, you need to play the course a few times to enjoy it more.

Susan (Sebright, ON)

09/21/2016

Very different design with all of sand fairways.

Norman (Bristol, CT)

09/15/2016

The course was more of a target golf than a grip and rip it course. Greens were in really good shape and rolled true. This couse is a good value and a course to start your vacation.

Christine (Ladson, SC)

08/08/2016

It was a challenging course. I think had we not been with friends who have played the course before, it would have been hard to find the next hole, especially where there are road crossings. Signage could be better. All in all, we enjoyed our round.

Gary (Rock Hill, SC)

07/07/2016

Nice, fair course. We played from the gold because we had a new golfer with us, but will return to go from the whites for a truer picture.

Ray (Madill, OK)

06/29/2016

Last played when it was SeaGull. Loved the course changes. Was nice not to hit any cart paths with your ball.

Timothy (Bristol, TN)

06/28/2016

The layout is really fabulous but unfortunately, I'm sure because of money, the condition has suffered to the point that the greens were truly unplayable. Absolutely great layout though if it was even in marginal shape.....

Charles (Charlotte, NC)

06/28/2016

I understand the need to aerate the greens, but it seems as though someone went a little overboard this year.

James (Boiling Springs, SC)

06/11/2016

(Would like to have known prior to play) that the greens were in such cases poor condition.

Nick (Wolcott, CT)

06/08/2016

Very unique course for the area. Had a great time playing here. Not too flashy of a track but provides challenge.

James (Corryton, TN)

06/02/2016

Great experience. good layout, even though we played in the rain, course drained relatively well. Each hole challenging with great bunker placements.

Jon W.

05/31/2016

I've played this course a lot in the last 2 years and I can honestly say I'm pleasantly surprised by its progress. Two years ago the course condition wise was average at its best. Usually it was, to be honest, a mess. Last year I commented on the improvements, but still felt it lacked behind the other courses in the area. This year I can honestly say they have done a great job to get the course on par with the others. The greens are different than most of the other courses, which for me being from the northeast, was fine. For those who dislike waste bunkers, this course has them so you have been warned. Personally I prefer those over deep rough. The starter is nice enough. A bit of a “good ole boy” who caters to the locals first, but that’s to be expected. If I have one issue it was with the guy in the club house. I had played the course 4 times in 8 days and on the final (Sunday) I finished my round and went in to have a beer before I left. This was around 5:00. After my beer and chit chatting with the lady working the bar I went in to buy a couple of shirts and a hat. The guy was closing out the register, a bit early I thought. Anyway I asked if I could still buy the items and he said no he couldn’t do it. Now maybe it’s me, it wasn’t a staggering amount (~$100) and it was a Sunday, but why are you turning a sale down? Just seemed silly to me. Other than that, I would recommend playing the course.

Michael (Leland, NC)

05/25/2016

Sand running down both sides of fairways.

Gregory (Odessa, FL)

05/24/2016

Best greens we played on. Pro worked a great price on a new driver.

Scott (Goshen, IN)

05/18/2016

Decent course. I've played most of the courses in the are and this ranked for me in the middle. If you like wasteland bunker type courses this would be for you. Not my thing and my score suffered because of it. Course was in good condition so nothing bad to,say about it.

Raymond (Ste-Claire, QC)

05/18/2016

Tee time not respected and poor installation at starter.

Gene

05/14/2016

i think we layout is awesome. Used every club in my bag. The course condition was above average and the greens were excellent. I'll play there on my next visit.

Fred (Westbury, NY)

05/13/2016

Very fast and undulating greens

Bob (Douglassville, PA)

05/06/2016

Great course from the blue tees. Played this course off an on since it was the old Seagull track. (about 12 times in the past). Lots of good memories created here.

Grover (Knoxville, TN)

04/27/2016

We had a nice time...

Jim (Suwanee, GA)

04/27/2016

Founders Club was a pleasant surprise. I was nervous reading the reviews and with it being right on Hwy 17. Nerves continued when I found there was no driving range. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the staff (very friendly and reasonable) and the course itself. The fairways were in great condition and the greens were very nice. I would have liked a hole preview, whether an image or a book, for a couple of the holes; knowing which fairway to hit would have been nice! But we followed some locals and used them as our guide! Great course and I would recommend it.

Tony (Culloden, WV)

04/26/2016

Excellent Greens

Charles (Asheville, NC)

04/13/2016

I didn't like hitting off the hard sand.

Bryan (Grimsby, ON)

04/07/2016

Staff was exceptional.

William (Red Wing, MN)

04/06/2016

Starter guy was helpful.

David (Auburn, ME)

03/28/2016

Beautiful course would play again.

Timothy

03/03/2016

Good trip to the South End of Myrtle Beach area. The greens have recovered from previous years of trouble. Pleasant staff and the course overall is in good shape. A few carts on the path holes but mostly running the fairways. I'll return.

Robert (Union, NJ)

01/20/2016

Every staff member I met was friendly and helpful. The course workers were also attentive and friendly. The course is in great shape even with all the rain the area has gotten.

Michael (Beaver, PA)

01/17/2016

The course layout is great and challenging as well. My wife felt the tee placements for the women made the course much more playable for her ability.

Michael (Ellicott City, MD)

01/14/2016

The individual holes on the course are quite good. Some may not like the large waste areas on nearly every hole. That said, the landing zones are generous enough. The layout is odd in the distance between some holes. This course is not walkable. The course condition is very good and will definitely get a replay.

Bob

01/13/2016

I found this course to be in excellent shape, fairways and greens were well maintained. Staff were very friendly and prices quite reasonable.

Robert (Hagerstown, MD)

01/04/2016

It was out this time I played Founders. By no means is it a reflection on the staff or the course. Normally the course has great conditions. Still a must play anytime of the year!

Cliff (Haverstraw, NY)

12/30/2015

Doing some construction otherwise a nice course.

Bill (Florence, SC)

11/30/2015

Late November day, we were put off the back nine, since 3 groups were going off in front of us on the front. We had no issues at the turn and were able to play in about 3.5 hours. I like the course and will be back.

Gary

11/05/2015

The course was wet due to all the rain lately but was still in excellent condition. The staff here in both the pro shop and grill are always friendly and courteous. Today we played cart path only in three hours twenty minutes. Greens were in excellent condition. This course is a good test with elevated greens and some carries over water. Very scenic.

Larry (Richmond Hill, NY)

10/20/2015

We knew that the course would be wet and some damage due to recent floods, staff made up for any shortfalls on the course.

Michael (Odenton, MD)

09/18/2015

I liked that it was very senior friendly. Hitting from the senior tees leaves you second shots with irons or hybrids in stead of fairway woods. Gives you a better chance for par.

J W

08/26/2015

I was hoping the reviews I had read weren't accurate, but I'm afraid some of them were. For the record I really like the layout. The staff has always been great to me. Conditions wise, well, it needs to improve. It's not awful, but when you have True Blue, Heritage and Caledonia, among others as your competitors, you need to be better than OK. I played it 3 times over two days. Trying to help them out. I'd hate to see it go under and be sold. Now that it is under new ownership maybe they'll pump some money into the few areas that need a bit of fixing up.

Clayton (Saluda, VA)

08/25/2015

Fair test, no tricks.

Eddie (Greer, SC)

08/13/2015

Nice course in good condition and worth the price I paid online.

Sid (Greensboro, NC)

07/29/2015

Founders Club is an interesting and challenging layout. The sand waste bunkers that line most fairways are a fun change of pace from traditional rough.

David

07/26/2015

Very slow greens - the slowest I've played of any South Strand course. Several greens are suffering from some problem - especially #17. The fairways are good on about 75% of the holes, with some suffering with areas of thin or little grass. The course is a great layout, but is currently not the best value for golf conditions and playability. As a member, I am disappointed with current conditions.

Jeffrey

05/05/2015

Good layout.. OK course.

Timothy

03/06/2015

We have been avoiding the Founder's Club because the last time we played here the greens were pretty much dead, it was like putting on packed mud. I'm happy to say that it has come back and I saw maintenance groups working while we played. That's a good sign. The greens are now about average for the Myrtle area for this time of year. The layout here is nice with some challenging holes and some that play very easy. The staff was friendly and talkative which always puts me in a good frame of mind. I would recommend a round here, it's worth the drive from Myrtle Beach.

Mark (Appleton, NY)

12/17/2014

For the time of year, the course was in great shape.

Brian (Mississauga, ON)

11/10/2014

Love the layout, but course conditions were not great this year.

Tim (Altoona, WI)

10/30/2014

OK.

Bruce (Winchester, VA)

10/29/2014

Outstanding.

Ronald (East Meadow, NY)

10/28/2014

Fair.

Keith (Fairfax, VA)

10/14/2014

Liked the course design. Greens were rather slow.

Terry (Hampton, VA)

09/23/2014

We should have gotten a yardage book, lay up yardages were tricky.

Brad (Burlington, ON)

09/03/2014

Great layout but need some manicuring to get up to standard with other courses. Great staff and nice clubhouse/grill.

Matt

08/30/2014

Nice layout, lots of waste areas that give it a Pinehurst feel. Good shape overall with exception of #1 fairway (bare spots). Greens putted well.

Eldon (Aueater, ON)

06/03/2014

Nice layout but the condition of the course was not as good as the other courses played last week.

Dave (Ancaster, ON)

06/03/2014

Founders Club is a fair golf course. We had fun. The gals in the grill room were very accomodating.

Lane (Aiken, SC)

06/03/2014

OK

John (Chicago, IL)

06/03/2014

This course is a mess. Fairways, greens(?)are terrible. No upkeep apparent. Never again.

Robert (Winfield, IL)

06/02/2014

Looks worn out.

Greg (Union, NJ)

06/02/2014

Very well maintained course and enjoyable from all tees. not overloaded with bunkers but challenging nonetheless.

Rick (Pulaski, NY)

06/02/2014

Quick greens but were spotty in places. The layout was a good test and all the waste area is an interesting touch. I liked the golf course. The pro shop was okay but the starter was a plus. He had good knowledge for his short time there. One real need is for better directional movement from tee to green. There needs to be more signage to direct you from the green you just finished to the next tee box. We had to guess where we were going a couple of time and missed 2 tee boxes entirely.

Quint (Radford, VA)

06/02/2014

I played the old layout of Sea Gull but first time known as Founders Club. I thought it was a bit overated. I enjoyed it, but looks like the remodel just added a bunch of waist areas. Basicaly the same course now its over $100 instead of $30? Starter/bag guy was incredibly nice and professional, greens were a bit spotty in places. Was a nice experience though. Not a hater on this one, just not perfect.

Richard (Buda, TX)

04/08/2014

Really enjoyed this course also.

Gary (Lancaster, MA)

03/21/2014

The course was in terrible shape. the fairways were awful with the only green grass on the t box and the green. not worth 80.00 a man to play on dirt.

Joe

03/21/2014

Nice layout but tees and fairways in need of upgrade...My group not happy with Founders Club playing conditions....

Alson (Enola, PA)

03/18/2014

Really good

Jim (Belchertown, MA)

03/12/2014

OK

Andrew (Hackettstown, NJ)

03/07/2014

OK

Bob (Mount Laurel, NJ)

01/22/2014

Nice layout, challenging enough. Very enjoyable.

Kibby (Alexandria, ON)

11/19/2013

Below Average

Brett (Waretown, NJ)

11/12/2013

Overall a good course. Price is equal to higher quality course.

Jean-Paul (Valleyfield, QB)

11/12/2013

Fantastic

Jay (Alexandria, KY)

10/29/2013

Loved all the waste bunkers made it unique.

Tom (Sylvania, OH)

10/03/2013

The layout/architecture is unique and challenging and the people there were super. The course is in serious need of maintenance. The greens are new but old pick marks in them are not healing well, leaving a pretty bumpy surface near most of the pin placements. Edges of the waste bunkers at path entry/exits should be filled in and re-graded so cart suspensions and lower backs are not injured. Many outstanding holes. Could be championship caliber with some cash to spruce it up.

Phillip (Williamston, NC)

09/02/2013

Really like the design and layout of the holes, every hole is unique.

Kevin (Shallotte, NC)

08/22/2013

Good

Timothy

08/20/2013

I enjoy the layout even though you have to be careful crossing roads. The staff was very nice but the greens were almost unplayable. I hope the greens will come back.

David (Akron, OH)

07/18/2013

Was all good, no complaints!

Jason (Crofton, MD)

07/01/2013

Nice layout of holes. The setting of the course is not as picturesque as other local courses

Mike

06/03/2013

When the pro shop tells you they are on a budget and dont have yardage books that should tell you to run away! This is the worst course we have played in 15 years. Everything about it was terrible. I played it 2 years ago and thought it was much better but they have let this course slip. We drove by the course at 4:00 pm and there was not a car in the lot the day after so that should say it all. Stay away. The only thing that saved the day was the very pleasent cart girl. She was nice and around about every 3 holes which was perfect since beer was needed to complete the round before we walked off the course.

Jack

05/30/2013

Played Founders Club 2 weeks ago, and I can't speak any more highly of the condition it was in. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Greens where rolling around an 11, fairways were green and cut short, and the rough was unbearably high (bermuda rough stinks no matter) but still penalizes you if you don't hit a tee ball in the fairway. I would highly recommend getting out there and enjoying the course!

Tour

05/27/2013

If you like terrible fairways and crossing highways in your golf cart that have a 45 mile per hour speed limit this course if for you. I think we crossed 7 or 8 streets and felt like I was playing in someone's back yard on every hole. Worst course we ever played in MYR.

Sean (Dandridge, TN)

05/20/2013

We did not enjoy this course at all. Way too expensive for the condition - had to cross a major highway in a golf cart! And the signage around the course was horrible. Will definitely not play this course again.

Maria (Roslindale, MA)

05/14/2013

Great

Dan (Mokena, IL)

05/09/2013

Outstanding

Bob (Canandaigua, NY)

05/09/2013

We were split on this course. An interesting layout, but the tight lies made it too challenging! It would have been better to start on ##1 rather than ##10.

Jan (Prague, EU)

04/23/2013

Not good

Kurt (Mequon, WI)

04/22/2013

Good

Scott (Milwaukee, WI)

04/18/2013

Great

Clifton (Morristown, TN)

04/16/2013

Will never play again. We did not like ant of the south courses

Gene (Oak Ridge, NJ)

04/16/2013

Good

Bob (Seattle, WA)

04/08/2013

Under par

Dee (Severn, MD)

04/01/2013

First time playing this course and was pleasantly surprised. It is a very interesting layout with a variety of different shaped holes. This course weaves through a community, crossing roads 14 different times! It has plenty of challenge and risk/reward holes. Again, stay out of the rough, as it is dormant and slick, so your club will slide right through it and may not hit the ball solidly. Nice course and will look forward to playing it again.

Carl (Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland)

03/26/2013

Good

Kevin (Abingdon, MD)

03/25/2013

Good

Lewis

03/25/2013

Fair

Ray (Greer, SC)

03/20/2013

OK

Harvey

03/14/2013

The uniqueness about the waste areas as the cart path. Each hole had it's own indentity. Would liked to have known where the water or danger was on certain holes.... there were no markings on the score card... hittting bind shots sometimes

Tony (Lake Orion, MI)

03/13/2013

Nice course if you like waste bunkers. Not recommended if you have a hard time hitting it straight.

Steve (Irmo, SC)

02/08/2013

Fair

Charles (Pasadena, MD)

12/05/2012

Too many streets to cross.

Denis (Ste-Barbe, QC)

11/05/2012

Very narrow course, especially with houses on both sides.

Gilles (Laval, QC)

11/01/2012

Good course.

Bill (Whitefish, MT)

10/31/2012

We also played King's North at the National about average ...and Caledonia... This is the best course bar none anywhere in Myrtle Beach ...

Michael (Montreal, QC)

10/24/2012

Good.

Jay (Clearwater, FL)

10/23/2012

Beautiful!

Mark (Goodyear, AZ)

10/22/2012

More of a muni course feel to it. Front nine is choppy, back is a pretty decent nine. Greens were in good shape but running slow. Probably a decent value and good course for mid-high handicaps.

Jean-Pierre (Chambly,QC)

10/22/2012

A discovery - surprising course - challenging - fun to play - a totally different experience - loved it. Would go back and recommend for sure!

Ron (Lake Ozark, MO)

10/16/2012

First time to play and it is a gem. Tough course for first timers but we will definitely play it again.

Bill (Largo, FL)

10/16/2012

Fantastic experienc.e

Dan (Providence Forge, VA)

10/11/2012

Very good.

Stephen (Hamilton, OH)

10/05/2012

Lined with low end houses did not provide good visuals for this course. Condition was slightly above average.

Dennis (West Chester, OH)

10/04/2012

Very good.

Steve (North Augusta, SC)

10/02/2012

Most playable course played in Myrtle Beach. Grounds maintenance and course conditions were average at best. Fun round.

John (Piscataway, NJ)

10/02/2012

Outstanding.

Mark (Tampa, FL)

10/01/2012

This course had a lot of waste areas, and some elevation change. It is definitely a shot-makers course. Of all the courses I played, I liked this one the best. The pace of play was excellent as we played on a Thursday and there was not anyone else on the course.

Buddy (Salem, SC)

09/23/2012

Outstanding.

Frank (Salem, SC)

09/22/2012

Fair.

Ed (Ocala, FL)

09/19/2012

Excellent.

Jim (Port Colborne, ON)

09/17/2012

Awesome.

Robert (Canandaigua, NY)

08/14/2012

Uniqueness, condition of entire course, challenging but fair, made you think, starter and staff. We have a group of 8 coming down in April of 2013. Founders Club will be on our list! Great choice!

Alan

06/22/2012

Not what I was expecting. Greens were bad, spotty at best. For the money I paid I wanted more. Fairways were nice, tee boxes not so much and there is a lot of waste bunkers so put your towels up on your cart.

Keith (Charlotte, NC)

06/20/2012

Greens were rough.

Carter (Buford, GA)

06/16/2012

Greens are burnt bad.

M/M Gary (California, MO)

06/12/2012

Outstanding.

Myren (Erwin, TN)

06/12/2012

Good course.

Alan (Hollywood, SC)

05/27/2012

OK.

Eldon (Fort Wayne, IN)

05/18/2012

The amount of waste bunkers made course very unique. Pay attention to the yardages. Use of the driver is minimal.

Bob (Hobart, IN)

05/15/2012

Good.

Eugene (Englishtown, NJ)

05/13/2012

Very good.

Bob (Pleasant Garden, NC)

05/07/2012

Never played a more beautiful course. Have no clue how many times I would have to play some holes to determine where to place the ball on the course to my advantage.

O Hart

05/06/2012

Greens a bit rough but fast. Understand timing of bermuda. Beautiful layout, design. Cart girl whizzed by 4 times without looking or stopping, even during our putting. Still a treat to play here.

John (West Chester, PA)

05/04/2012

Too many waste bunkers. Some bunkers look like they haven't been raked since the course was remodeled a couple of years ago. Would have liked a diagram of the course on the scorecard as a minimum. Also the ride from the 3rd green to the 4th tee is downright dangerous on King's River Road.

Bob (Cary, NC)

05/03/2012

The greens were so slow we were hardly ever able to get the ball to the hole. There is definitely a change in the Club as opposed to years in the past when we have played here. The cart team was really pushy in getting us off the carts. We played in four hours and twenty minutes which is really good so this was a real poor situation as far as we were concerned.

Chris (Stratham, NH)

05/01/2012

Played right after two inches of rain. Tough conditions.

Greg (Hamilton, ON)

04/28/2012

Very impressed with the whole experience; a diamond in the rough.

Thomas (Dalton, GA)

04/26/2012

Very good.

Harry (Fort Pierce, FL)

04/25/2012

Very good.

Rick (Fairview, Penn.)

04/23/2012

OK.

Dennis (Davenport, Iowa)

04/17/2012

Other than not having a practice range, everything was top-notch.

Hobby

04/09/2012

Played 3/28. Nice layout and conditions. Staff was great. Would play again.

Hobby

04/07/2012

Played this on 3/28. Nice course. Great design. Plays harder than the slope and course rating. Front 9 is more difficult than back. Great staff in the grill. Would play again.

Robert (Richmond, Va.)

03/31/2012

Almost no one there in the morning. Course wound through a residential area, but will play again.

Paul

03/09/2012

I can't believe this course is not rated higher. It is simply FUN, FUN, FUN. Great staff and it's not busy. Every hole is a surprise.

Dan (Southampton, Penn.)

03/06/2012

Very interesting layout. Thoroughly enjoyed the round, even though the first nine holes were played in a drizzle.

John (Springfield, Penn.)

03/05/2012

This course is definitely on our replay list. We were astounded at the new layout. The day we played was a little misty and overcast. I cannot wait to see it on a sunny day!

James (Des Plaines, Ill.)

01/02/2012

Excellent course. One of our favorites ... may be the best overall layout along with Heritage. Great shape, great people, great prices.

Travis

12/21/2011

This is a great golf course. We played Players and Founders same day and that in itself is a daunting task. One of my favorites in Myrtle and we are going back this April 2012 to play both of these courses.

Matt (Voorhees, N.J.)

11/18/2011

Great staff. Great condition. Great pro shop.

Jean-Paul (Valleyfield, Quebec)

11/09/2011

Everything was perfect.

Gamal (Scarborough, Ontario)

11/08/2011

OK course, nothing really special. Disappointed with driving range and bunkers running alongside the fairway.

Bob & Gerry (Bethany Beach, Del.)

11/02/2011

There were no attendants to help with the bags when we finished. All the carts were lined up and we had difficulty getting our bags through the maze to our cars.

James (Lewes, Del.)

10/29/2011

Sooooooooooo ... much sand.

Northgolfer

10/15/2011

Pace of play was great. Course directions are a little foggy if your GPS fails. Need directional marking to get from 3 to 4 tee. Will add this course as a place to play in the future.

George

09/08/2011

Great course, great shape, bargain rate.

Todd (Ottawa, Ontario)

08/07/2011

This course was in awesome condition and the layout was spectacular. This course has it all, long holes and some short ones that require some precision. The speed of play was great, 4 golfers which included two free juniors, 3 hours 45 minutes. Will be back for sure.

Daniel (Douglassville, Penn.)

07/30/2011

I have been coming down to MB for over 10 years and this is one of the best. It's a must-play.

John

07/29/2011

My group and I had the pleasure of playing Founders last week, at one of the hottest times of the year for courses in the area. We previously played International Club and Sandpiper Bay, and both courses mentioned that the course is a bit brown due to the heat. Founders, however, was different - they kept their course in far better condition than any other course we stepped foot on that week. From tee to green, the condition was great, considering the heat.

Moving on to design, the waste bunkers were one of the coolest aspects of the design. I loved the dual-purpose of cart path and bunker, and landing in them near the green required incredible creativity in order to properly hit the ball. The waste bunkers were strategically placed, were in excellent shape, and were easy on the eyes as well. One of the best public courses in the U.S, Forest Dunes, has waste bunkers everywhere, and Founders had many striking similarities.

The staff, from the pro shop to the rangers, was extremely accommodating. We experienced issues on other courses in relation to only having 3 bags for 4 players (one bag had 20 clubs in them, since airlines charge $100 round-trip to ship a golf bag), and Founders understood and treated us as guests should be treated.

The pace of play was never a problem despite being very busy. Rangers did a wonderful job.

GPS was accurate and useful. Another wonderful perk to this course.

Not having a range was a bit of a drawback, but as a redesign, they only had so much to work with, and at least they have hitting nets and a wide open first hole to feel the tendency of your swing that day.

Overall, my favorite course in MB that we had the pleasure of playing. If waste bunkers bother you, check out Forest Dunes in MI. It didn't seem to bother Weiskopf or critics at Golf Digest. MUST PLAY!!

Robert (Wilkes Barre, Penn.)

07/19/2011

Excellent course ... greens were true, fairways tight ... and loved the fact that you have to think your way through this course instead of just bombing it off the tees.

Maury (Chester, Va.)

07/04/2011

Loved everything.

Garry (Flowery Branch, Ga.)

06/28/2011

Loved the new redesign.

Bill (Towaco, N.J.)

06/24/2011

Great course, the greens were in fabulous shape with very true rolls.

Richard (South Park, Penn.)

06/24/2011

All totally liked the course; will play again in future.

Doug (Anderson, S.C.)

05/23/2011

Too many waste bunkers.

Doug (Roanoke, Va.)

05/23/2011

Good golf experience. Founders was great. We all thought Burning Ridge was terrible. We also enjoyed Indian Wells which was not included in survey.

Warren (Vineland, N.J.)

04/17/2011

Had tee time of 12:15 p.m. and didn't get started until about 12:45 p.m. It seems it was overbooked and there was a shortage of carts.

Keith (Westport, Mass.)

03/28/2011

The waste areas were interesting and I actually liked them. I was pleased with the course and knowing anything about the course prior to my playing would not make a difference because I'm still at the playing for fun stage.

K (Junction City, Kan.)

11/17/2010

One of the most fun courses to play in Myrtle Beach, great condition for the time of year. Each hole was different and interesting. Staff was great. Will definitely be back again.

Jim (New Berlin, Wis.)

11/13/2010

Could have allowed carts out.

Joe (Northampton, Penn.)

11/03/2010

Nice course; the negative was way too much waste areas.

Mike (Pembroke, Bermuda)

09/28/2010

GOLFERS BEWARE: We tried to play this course Monday, Sept. 27th, 2010 but the weather did not cooperate. After severe raining and thunderstorms through the night and morning (that made the course unplayable, unless you had a boat) this golf club would not accept to refund our green fees. For a very competitive golfing landscape in Myrtle Beach, this makes no sense, and I would strongly recommend you choose a course that shows more common sense and courtesy to its customers.

Rich (Toms River, N.J.)

09/26/2010

Good staff, no practice area! Just a net ... played in Father & Son in July; the place was in great shape even with the weather. Use and extra half club on 18!

Scott (Chantilly, Va.)

07/11/2010

Was very pleasantly surprised by the layout.

Jim (Lithia Springs, Ga.)

06/01/2010

Beautiful course, but difficult! Loved it.

William (Yorktown, Va.)

05/20/2010

Nice layout and the overall course is in good shape. The green seem a little immature but look like they will be great in the future. The course is a very pretty course to look at. Will play again.

John (New Windsor, N.Y.)

05/09/2010

What a course! Was nervous about playing this place because of the cheap price. One of the best courses we played for the week. Would play again!

Keith (Farmington Hills, Mich.)

05/05/2010

Staff very informative ... watch out for the alligators!

Dennis (Sea Girt, N.J.)

04/29/2010

Was a rainny day so limited staff . Did not have anyone helping with bags. Carl in the pro shop was very good!

Phil (Boca Raton, Fla.)

04/29/2010

Played after heavy rain so waste bunkers were impossible. Crosses too many roads. Good layout, very good par threes and back nine much nicer than front. GPS in cart very helpful.

Anthony (Belford, N.J.)

04/27/2010

I disliked the need to cross over public streets so many times. The layout was very interesting and the course played very fair.

Dario (Morris Plains, N.J.)

04/22/2010

A long drive but worth the trip.

Jack (Braintree, Mass.)

04/18/2010

Great day, course was in good shape, people were nice. Would play it again.

John (North Huntingdon, Penn.)

04/13/2010

New for us this year. Greens a bit slow. Otherwise OK...most likely won't be back.

Frank (Midlothian, Va.)

04/10/2010

Very challenging, a target course that probably would only appeal to low handicappers. Don't feel it is a good course for senior play or ladies play.

John (Newark, Del.)

04/01/2010

Very good.

Clarence (New Bern, N.C.)

03/30/2010

Good greens and great staff. Staff very helpful.

Jean (Southington, Conn.)

03/25/2010

Course was in terrific shape for early spring. Staff was excellent, even made dinner reservations for New York Prime. Course was reasonably priced, all eight in our group highly enjoyed it.

Andy (McSherrystown, Penn.)

03/04/2010

Very challenging course, somewhat unfair in that if you hit into a waste bunker you will go through and out of bounds.

Timothy (Upton, Mass.)

02/08/2010

Greens were early season but playable. I think this is one of the best courses I've played so far this year and this is our 8th round. Love the layout and staff was excellent.

Jean-Paul (Valleyfield, Quebec)

12/26/2009

Even with cart-path-only, easy to play and walk around.

Steve (Hamilton, Ontario)

11/11/2009

Good course but took 5 1/2 hours to play.

Karen (Titusville, N.J.)

11/09/2009

A Beautiful course but local knowledge is key. I hit the ball well but putting was a real issue. Birdying 18 made the day less painful.

Ed

11/04/2009

Still needs time to mature.

Rocky (Charlotte, N.C.)

10/28/2009

Very smooth. Excellent crew working at the bag drop. Very friendly and experienced.

Payton34ever (Pawleys Island, S.C.)

10/28/2009

Great layout and fairways in awesome shape. Recently overseeded greens a tad bit too slow, but greens in great condition. Will put this course in regular rotation to play.

Lois

10/26/2009

Did not enjoy the layout (too much sand).

David (Murrells Inlet, S.C.)

10/16/2009

Awesome.

Vincent (Greensburg, Penn.)

09/16/2009

Fair course, decent layout. Not my type of course. Would not play it again or recommend it.

Andy (Rutledge, Tenn.)

09/09/2009

Golf was OK; course wet.

DMC

04/30/2009

I played this course on Apr 26 and was very impressed. The course was in great condition and although the are a lot of waste bunkers they usually don't come into play. It looks more intimidating than it is. Pro staff was very very friendly and even offered an unsolicited reduction in my green fees.

Wayne Welden

02/18/2009

Commented on January 12, 2009: The golf course has matured tremendously in the first year. Fairways are lush, greens nearly perfect, and large amounts of vegetation have been added.

Myron (Pittsburgh, Penn.)

02/18/2009

Commented on December 4, 2008: Wow ... opinions abound on this one. Mine's simple: I played it a few weeks ago, and really enjoyed it. A far different course than the old Sea Gull. Agree with Hugh that 9 would be so much better if the trees on the left were cleared.

Hugh Royer III

02/18/2009

Commented on November 18, 2008: Played the Founders Club on Saturday Nov. 15. I really enjoyed the course; it is a very good test. The 9th hole is a hole that could be a fantastic finishing hole if the trees on the left corner off the tee were taken out so the player looked directly at the lake and bunker. The fairway over the corner and to the lay up area need to be wider with some trees on the right taken out. This could be a beautiful golf hole. If this course was in a different area of the Grand Strand it would be one of the more popular courses in the area. Well worth the time to play.

Tim (Des Moines, Iowa)

02/18/2009

Commented on November 13, 2008: Played Nov. 6, played it again Nov 7. I like the course spread out a little. Waste bunkers down each side of the fairway, if you hit it halfway straight they are not in play a lot. I hit out of waste bunkers three times per round. Lots of variety, we all enjoyed both rounds.

Don (St. Simons Island, Ga.)

02/18/2009

Played Oct. 19, 2008: I was very disappointed with this course and felt it was not worth the money. There were eight of us and we were all disappointed. Would not go back.

Ronald (Johnstown, Penn.)

02/18/2009

Played June 18, 2008: While it was a nice course and in good shape, there was too much criss-crossing of roads to get to the next hole. The course was too spread out for us.

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