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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 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.
6 by J W - 08/26/2015
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.
7 by Clayton (Saluda, VA) - 08/25/2015
Fair test, no tricks.
8 by Eddie (Greer, SC) - 08/13/2015
Nice course in good condition and worth the price I paid online.
7 by Sid (Greensboro, NC) - 07/29/2015
Founders Club is an interesting and challenging layout. The sand waste bunkers that line most fairways are a fun change of pace from traditional rough.
6 by David - 07/26/2015
Very slow greens - the slowest I've played of any South Strand course. Several greens are suffering from some problem - especially #17. The fairways are good on about 75% of the holes, with some suffering with areas of thin or little grass. The course is a great layout, but is currently not the best value for golf conditions and playability. As a member, I am disappointed with current conditions.
9 by Jeffrey - 05/05/2015
Good layout.. OK course.
9 by Timothy - 03/06/2015
We have been avoiding the Founder's Club because the last time we played here the greens were pretty much dead, it was like putting on packed mud. I'm happy to say that it has come back and I saw maintenance groups working while we played. That's a good sign. The greens are now about average for the Myrtle area for this time of year. The layout here is nice with some challenging holes and some that play very easy. The staff was friendly and talkative which always puts me in a good frame of mind. I would recommend a round here, it's worth the drive from Myrtle Beach.
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