Founders Club is located on the quiet, tranquil southern end of the Grand Strand in the town of Pawleys Island. Originally opened in 1969 as Sea Gull Golf Club, the course was completely redesigned by Thomas Walker and reopened in 2008 to rave reviews from locals and visiting golfers alike. Walker maintained the corridors of most of the holes but introduced a thoroughly modern aesthetic and type of shaping, moving more than 250,000 cubic yards of dirt and bringing the course boldly into the 21st century. Walker replaced much of the long rough with sandy waste areas that allow for creative recovery shots by all levels of player, adding more fun to the experience of playing a round at Founders Club. It is the only course on the Grand Strand to use Emerald Bermuda grass on its greens, which are known for being kept in excellent shape year-round.
The course at Founders Club builds to a climax on the back nine. The inward half of the course is stellar, kicked into high gear by the split-fairway par five 12th, where going for the green in two requires an fairway wood shot that must carry a pond to a shallow, elevated green surrounded by bunkers and chipping areas. The 14th through 17th holes sit in an undulating, pine-forested part of the property, bookended by two long par fours where a par is an excellent achievement. The closing hole, a short par four is actually a birdie hole if one can find the fairway off the tee.
Founders Club’s facilities got a major upgrade along with the golf course in 2008. The new plantation-style clubhouse features a wraparound porch, well-appointed pro shop and cozy dining area overlooking the 18th green. The practice putting and chipping green simulates most any short shot or putt one is likely to find on the course and a large driving net is available for warming up before the round.
9 by John (Chesapeake,VA) - 02/22/2017
Also great. Tough layout. Getting a replay after first 18 was easy. Pro shop staff was great.
9 by Bryan (Murrells Inlet, SC) - 02/10/2017
Staff are professional and very accommodating. Great customer service
10 by garry - 01/26/2017
Great course. Groups nicely spaced out, friendly staff.
9 by 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.
8 by 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.
9 by Brian (North Bay, ON) - 12/01/2016
Staff was great. Only negative comment is too many waste bunkers.
8 by 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.
5 by 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.
10 by Keith (Sheboygan, WI) - 10/24/2016
Another awesome experience.
9 by 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.
Each fall, professional football and the links intertwine more than some realize. There are early Sunday morning shootouts that lead back to clubhouses for watch parties and tournaments where players are asked to don the colors and logos of their favorite teams. We’re going to take it one step further. The flavor of many of the Grand Strand’s courses mirror those of at least one professional team.
Back-to-back rounds aren’t for everyone. For those electing a jam-packed day of golf, South Carolina’s course-loaded Grand Strand has options galore for a morning-afternoon combination. Sure, several locations host multiple golf courses. But we’ve got something else in mind.
In early January 2016, we spent some time compiling flyover footage of each hole at Founders Club at Pawleys Island. We’re happy to present this compilation to you here, and offer several observations from our January experience in filming and playing this design.
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