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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.

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9 by 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.
9 by 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.
8 by 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.
9 by 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.
7 by 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!
8 by Cliff (Haverstraw, NY) - 12/30/2015
Doing some construction otherwise a nice course.
8 by 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.
9 by 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.
9 by 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.
10 by 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.
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