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.
8 by Bob (Mount Laurel, NJ) - 01/22/2014
Nice layout, challenging enough. Very enjoyable.
5 by Kibby (Alexandria, ON) - 11/19/2013
6 by Brett (Waretown, NJ) - 11/12/2013
Overall a good course. Price is equal to higher quality course.
10 by Jean-Paul (Valleyfield, QB) - 11/12/2013
9 by Jay (Alexandria, KY) - 10/29/2013
Loved all the waste bunkers made it unique.
7 by 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.
9 by Phillip (Williamston, NC) - 09/02/2013
Really like the design and layout of the holes, every hole is unique.
8 by Kevin (Shallotte, NC) - 08/22/2013
8 by 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.
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