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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.
Very enjoyable layout, different from other Myrtle Beach Golf Courses. Friendly staff and even after a lot of rain we were driving on the fairways. Will definitely play here again
Course is in rough shape right now. Fairways & Tee Boxes need serious work. Many fairways were bare in lots of spots & tee boxes the same. MB has had a lot of rain recently but other courses I have played during the last couple of weeks are not as bad. Disappointed in the conditions since I have played the course many times & it has been in much better shape. Layout is very nice & staff is always very friendly.
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.
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.
Also great. Tough layout. Getting a replay after first 18 was easy. Pro shop staff was great.
Staff are professional and very accommodating. Great customer service
Great course. Groups nicely spaced out, friendly staff.
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.
Staff was great. Only negative comment is too many waste bunkers.
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.
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.
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.
Another awesome experience.
Little evidence of storm. Beautiful layout. Makes tee shots fun with large landing areas. Second shots and more requires planning enjoyable afternoon.
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.
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.
Very different design with all of sand fairways.
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.
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.
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.
I understand the need to aerate the greens, but it seems as though someone went a little overboard this year.
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.....
(Would like to have known prior to play) that the greens were in such cases poor condition.
Very unique course for the area. Had a great time playing here. Not too flashy of a track but provides challenge.
Great experience. good layout, even though we played in the rain, course drained relatively well. Each hole challenging with great bunker placements.
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.
Sand running down both sides of fairways.
Best greens we played on. Pro worked a great price on a new driver.
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.
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.
Very fast and undulating greens
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.
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.
We had a nice time...
I didn't like hitting off the hard sand.
Staff was exceptional.
Starter guy was helpful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I found this course to be in excellent shape, fairways and greens were well maintained. Staff were very friendly and prices quite reasonable.
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!
Doing some construction otherwise a nice course.
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.
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.
We knew that the course would be wet and some damage due to recent floods, staff made up for any shortfalls on the course.
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.
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.
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