Call now with questions or to book



« Back to All News

Founders Club Carving Out Own Niche

Founders Club 18th Hole

Story by Ian Guerin

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. | When Eric Glosick accepted a promotion to join the staff at Founders Club of Pawleys Island in June of 2017, he was taking on a role at a location that doesn’t always get the benefit of the doubt.

Glosick and Founders Club believe latitude hasn’t - and won’t - do much but slightly inhibit the golf course’s place in the market.

Although it is part of the 11-course conglomerate of tracks located between Myrtle Beach and Georgetown known as the Waccamaw Golf Trail, Founders is the furthest south. It is beyond even most of Pawleys Island’s main rental properties and full-time neighborhoods, meaning it is almost entirely a course where folks aren’t usually stumbling onto the grounds. Still, nine years after its re-opening following a full-scale overhaul and name change, Founders isn’t falling off the map.

“I don’t see us going anywhere,” Glosick said. “We have enough of a niche with our membership and our local players. The people who play it absolutely love the golf course.

“Some people may come once and not like it because it beat them up a little bit. Then they come back again with a little bit different game plan and enjoy it a little more. We have all that sand. People can see how fun it is. They like the challenge.”Founders Club

Indeed, that sand is the first, second and third priority for players here.

Originally a Gene Hamm design that opened in 1966 as the Sea Gull Golf Club, the course closed its tee boxes in 2006 and re-opened two years later following architect Thomas Walker’s crack at it. Walker put the existing sand and more to work, laying out 18 new holes where not only traps, but massive waste a catch bunkers are in play more often than not.

The cart paths are primarily the same surface, so even when all that sand isn’t directly in play, it is clearly in view.

“The amount of bunkers, the sand is what’s going to stand out in most people’s minds,” Glosick said. “I’ve played all the courses on the south end. They’re all great golf courses. The one thing I really enjoy here is you have to be in the fairways.”

Those who subscribe to that method, or at least those who can execute it, can get through Founders relatively unscathed. Players who struggle off the tee or try to do too much will notice the difference time and again, especially given the elevation changes between many of the tees and greens. 

The back nine pops in the that regard, from the undulated fairway on the 542-yard par 5 at No. 10 to the split-fairway 12th, the last par 5 of the round, all the way through No. 18. It is there that the spectacular finisher forces players to either lay up on the second shot or take a chance at carrying a pond and its sloped face approaching the green overlooked by the white clubhouse and its back deck.

“It’s a fantastic golf course,” Glosick said. “It’s different from just about any style you’re going to find in Myrtle Beach.”

Find Out More

Other Articles You Will Enjoy

Video: Founders Club Offers A Dramatic, But Accommodating Round Of Golf

The Pawleys Island area of South Carolina is known for its low country charm, salty marshland, Southern hospitality and year-round seasonal weather to enjoy the great outdoors. And the Founders Club at Pawleys Island continues to be a part of the area's charm. Read More

Quirky Golf Holes Around Myrtle Beach Bring a Flair All Their Own

There is no real norm when it comes to South Carolina golf along the Grand Strand. Some tracks have individual holes that stand out all their own. Read More

Myrtle Beach’s Lone Female Head Golf Professional More Than A Simple Factoid

There was a time when Christa Bodensteiner was so wrapped up in her work, so convinced she could do the job, that she failed realize her place in local golf history. Now, she’s found too much of a work-life balance to really care. Read More

Related Specials

$39 per golfer per day

5 Best Value Myrtle Beach Golf Courses

We want you to find not only great golf without having to play one of the top-tier tracks in…...
$42 per golfer per day

Mystical 3 Rounds or More Savings!

Play Man O' War, The Witch, and The Wizard and receive a multi-round discount! ...
$63 per golfer per day

Big Cats Special! Play 3, Receive Tigers Eye 4th Round FREE

Play 3 discounted rounds on Lions Paw, Panthers Run, and Leopards Chase and receive a 4th Round FREE on…...
Continue Below
$47 per golfer per day

Rewards Package ~ Each Golfer Receives $100 in Rewards!

Book 4 or more rounds on the Rewards Package, and each member of your group receives a $100 Rewards…...
$69 per golfer per day

THE PLAYER’S CHOICE - all area courses at the lowest daily pricing

Build your own golf package online. Golf & lodging all in one easy step. Choose from great area lodging…...