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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.
Course in good shape staff very nice greens good shape
Clubhouse and facilities were great.
Really nice greens. Generous fairways. Very enjoyable round
Interesting course. Was enjoyable to play.
Tee boxes and fairways in excellent condition. Waste type sand on every hole which serve as cart path as well. The greens were in immaculate condition and rolled extremely well. The cart attendant and starter were very nice. We saw a nice looking alligator on #7 edge of pond and plenty of turtles and birds. Looking forward to my next round at the Founders Club as it's all about shot placement on this course.
Course has a lot of character
Nice course and staff. There were considerable rain storms the day before and the course was in need of attention, but I would definitely play there again.
Only downside was the replay rate we were given was the same full rate on the website. Expected a discount for a replay. We paid $29 for a 9 hole replay, the exact same rate anybody could get on the website. Asked the attendant and he said we were getting a "big discount over regular rate for the replay". Whatever. Greens were great, a little slow but very consistent. Lady working the grill was very nice.
Loved the challenge.
Excellent layout. Challenging enough to be interesting, but not frustrating
Not too much water, very women-friendly
Beautiful course and lady friendly.... can’t wait to come back!!!
Great shape greens tees fairways bunkers,shot my best round in awhile 40-40,all I can say is good good .
Staff very friendly and helpful. They could have done something about the 30 mph winds lol..
A real fun course to play. Some really tough holes and some birdie holes. Played this course a dozen times and it has never been in better condition. The greens were perfect. hardly a blemish on them. The fairways were full and plush. A real pleasure to play at a really good price. Staff was awesome. A bit of a hidden gem in Pawley's Island among all of the more notable and expensive courses.
I had played this course formally when it was Sea Gull and the changes were wonderful. The clubhouse and layout were definitely better.
I liked that the scorecard listed handicap and tee box correlation. Also, the tee to fairway distance: no forced carries too difficult for the ability of the golfer.
Good variety of challenges. Get to use all you clubs
Nice course in good condition. No starter or bag man but not a big problem to me. We got there early and got out early which was nice. Very playable and would play again.
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.
Posted on 02/14
Meredith visits with Founders Club First Assistant Mark Andrews .Mark describes what golfers can expect when playing this dramatic design which is unlike any other on the Grand Strand. - Read More
Posted on 01/29
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Posted on 01/09
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Posted on 11/27
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Posted on 10/27
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Posted on 10/17
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Posted on 10/11
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Posted on 08/28
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Posted on 08/16
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Posted on 08/14
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Posted on 07/16
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Posted on 06/06
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Posted on 02/20
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Posted on 01/23
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Posted on 01/23
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