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Founders Club

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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311 reviews

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Founders Club Course Reviews

Recent Reviews

by Susan S -
Would have like to have known the course layout - free layout booklet
8 / 10
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by Jack R -
Great layout.
7 / 10
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by Pierre Boudreau -
Good golf
8 / 10
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by Ted Wielepski -
Greens are in very good shape but course needs some work.
5 / 10
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by James L -
the greens were aerated several days before I played. I knew that when I booked and still had an enjoyable round.
7 / 10
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by Ray W -
All good
8 / 10
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by Jerry S -
Course in good shape staff very nice greens good shape
10 / 10
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by James M -
Clubhouse and facilities were great.
8 / 10
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by Joel F -
Really nice greens. Generous fairways. Very enjoyable round
10 / 10
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by Boris J -
Interesting course. Was enjoyable to play.
9 / 10
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by Christopher W -
Tee boxes and fairways in excellent condition. Waste type sand on every hole which serve as cart path as well. The greens were in immaculate condition and rolled extremely well. The cart attendant and starter were very nice. We saw a nice looking alligator on #7 edge of pond and plenty of turtles and birds. Looking forward to my next round at the Founders Club as it's all about shot placement on this course.
10 / 10
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by David J -
Course has a lot of character
9 / 10
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by John -
Nice course and staff. There were considerable rain storms the day before and the course was in need of attention, but I would definitely play there again.
6 / 10
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by Tim B -
Only downside was the replay rate we were given was the same full rate on the website. Expected a discount for a replay. We paid $29 for a 9 hole replay, the exact same rate anybody could get on the website. Asked the attendant and he said we were getting a "big discount over regular rate for the replay". Whatever. Greens were great, a little slow but very consistent. Lady working the grill was very nice.
10 / 10
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by Linda H -
Loved the challenge.
10 / 10
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by Bryan G -
Excellent layout. Challenging enough to be interesting, but not frustrating
8 / 10
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by Bonnie W -
Not too much water, very women-friendly
9 / 10
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by Sherry -
Beautiful course and lady friendly.... cant wait to come back!!!
10 / 10
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by Tom -
Great shape greens tees fairways bunkers,shot my best round in awhile 40-40,all I can say is good good .
10 / 10
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by Randy P -
Staff very friendly and helpful. They could have done something about the 30 mph winds lol..
8 / 10
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by Steve D -
A real fun course to play. Some really tough holes and some birdie holes. Played this course a dozen times and it has never been in better condition. The greens were perfect. hardly a blemish on them. The fairways were full and plush. A real pleasure to play at a really good price. Staff was awesome. A bit of a hidden gem in Pawley's Island among all of the more notable and expensive courses.
9 / 10
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by Charles B -
I had played this course formally when it was Sea Gull and the changes were wonderful. The clubhouse and layout were definitely better.
9 / 10
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by Brian B -
Enjoyable Round
9 / 10
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by Rick L -
I liked that the scorecard listed handicap and tee box correlation. Also, the tee to fairway distance: no forced carries too difficult for the ability of the golfer.
9 / 10
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by Edward F -
Good variety of challenges. Get to use all you clubs
9 / 10
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by Jon B -
Nice course in good condition. No starter or bag man but not a big problem to me. We got there early and got out early which was nice. Very playable and would play again.
9 / 10
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by William K -
Very enjoyable layout, different from other Myrtle Beach Golf Courses. Friendly staff and even after a lot of rain we were driving on the fairways. Will definitely play here again
8 / 10
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by Ted -
Course is in rough shape right now. Fairways & Tee Boxes need serious work. Many fairways were bare in lots of spots & tee boxes the same. MB has had a lot of rain recently but other courses I have played during the last couple of weeks are not as bad. Disappointed in the conditions since I have played the course many times & it has been in much better shape. Layout is very nice & staff is always very friendly.
5 / 10
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by Timothy -
A great layout and in good condition. The staff was very friendly. You just might wear out your sandwedge here because there are many bunkers but that's part of the game.
8 / 10
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by Ted -
Fun Course. Lot's of waste area's but very playable. Several holes with elevation changes which is unusual for MB. Might not be some players cup of tea but after playing it several times I think you would enjoy it. Pace of play was excellent.
10 / 10
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by John (Chesapeake,VA) -
Also great. Tough layout. Getting a replay after first 18 was easy. Pro shop staff was great.
9 / 10
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by Bryan (Murrells Inlet, SC) -
Staff are professional and very accommodating. Great customer service
9 / 10
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by garry -
Great course. Groups nicely spaced out, friendly staff.
10 / 10
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by Ted -
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.
9 / 10
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by Brian (North Bay, ON) -
Staff was great. Only negative comment is too many waste bunkers.
9 / 10
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by Ken (Pawleys Island, SC) -
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.
8 / 10
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by David (Manchester, CT) -
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.
8 / 10
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by David (Essex Junction, VT) -
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.
5 / 10
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by Keith (Sheboygan, WI) -
Another awesome experience.
10 / 10
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by Robert (Towanda, PA) -
Little evidence of storm. Beautiful layout. Makes tee shots fun with large landing areas. Second shots and more requires planning enjoyable afternoon.
9 / 10
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by Ted -
Course is in great shape 1 week after Hurricane Matthew came thru. Hat's off to the grounds crew. Their were lots of trees down everywhere but none that came into play. Fairways were dry in most spots & the Greens are rolling true. The staff are very nice.
10 / 10
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by Ted -
Tee Boxes & Greens are in good shape but the fairways need some maintenance. Lots of weeds growing the fairways & around some greens. Pace of play was good. Interesting design, you need to play the course a few times to enjoy it more.
9 / 10
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by Susan (Sebright, ON) -
Very different design with all of sand fairways.
7 / 10
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by Norman (Bristol, CT) -
The course was more of a target golf than a grip and rip it course. Greens were in really good shape and rolled true. This couse is a good value and a course to start your vacation.
7 / 10
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by Christine (Ladson, SC) -
It was a challenging course. I think had we not been with friends who have played the course before, it would have been hard to find the next hole, especially where there are road crossings. Signage could be better. All in all, we enjoyed our round.
9 / 10
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by Gary (Rock Hill, SC) -
Nice, fair course. We played from the gold because we had a new golfer with us, but will return to go from the whites for a truer picture.
8 / 10
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by Charles (Charlotte, NC) -
I understand the need to aerate the greens, but it seems as though someone went a little overboard this year.
5 / 10
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by Timothy (Bristol, TN) -
The layout is really fabulous but unfortunately, I'm sure because of money, the condition has suffered to the point that the greens were truly unplayable. Absolutely great layout though if it was even in marginal shape.....
5 / 10
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by James (Boiling Springs, SC) -
(Would like to have known prior to play) that the greens were in such cases poor condition.
5 / 10
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by Nick (Wolcott, CT) -
Very unique course for the area. Had a great time playing here. Not too flashy of a track but provides challenge.
8 / 10
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by James (Corryton, TN) -
Great experience. good layout, even though we played in the rain, course drained relatively well. Each hole challenging with great bunker placements.
9 / 10
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by Jon W. -
I've played this course a lot in the last 2 years and I can honestly say I'm pleasantly surprised by its progress. Two years ago the course condition wise was average at its best. Usually it was, to be honest, a mess. Last year I commented on the improvements, but still felt it lacked behind the other courses in the area. This year I can honestly say they have done a great job to get the course on par with the others. The greens are different than most of the other courses, which for me being from the northeast, was fine. For those who dislike waste bunkers, this course has them so you have been warned. Personally I prefer those over deep rough. The starter is nice enough. A bit of a good ole boy who caters to the locals first, but thats to be expected. If I have one issue it was with the guy in the club house. I had played the course 4 times in 8 days and on the final (Sunday) I finished my round and went in to have a beer before I left. This was around 5:00. After my beer and chit chatting with the lady working the bar I went in to buy a couple of shirts and a hat. The guy was closing out the register, a bit early I thought. Anyway I asked if I could still buy the items and he said no he couldnt do it. Now maybe its me, it wasnt a staggering amount (~$100) and it was a Sunday, but why are you turning a sale down? Just seemed silly to me. Other than that, I would recommend playing the course.
8 / 10
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by Michael (Leland, NC) -
Sand running down both sides of fairways.
6 / 10
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by Gregory (Odessa, FL) -
Best greens we played on. Pro worked a great price on a new driver.
9 / 10
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by Scott (Goshen, IN) -
Decent course. I've played most of the courses in the are and this ranked for me in the middle. If you like wasteland bunker type courses this would be for you. Not my thing and my score suffered because of it. Course was in good condition so nothing bad to,say about it.
7 / 10
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by Gene -
i think we layout is awesome. Used every club in my bag. The course condition was above average and the greens were excellent. I'll play there on my next visit.
9 / 10
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by Fred (Westbury, NY) -
Very fast and undulating greens
9 / 10
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by Bob (Douglassville, PA) -
Great course from the blue tees. Played this course off an on since it was the old Seagull track. (about 12 times in the past). Lots of good memories created here.
8 / 10
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by Jim (Suwanee, GA) -
Founders Club was a pleasant surprise. I was nervous reading the reviews and with it being right on Hwy 17. Nerves continued when I found there was no driving range. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the staff (very friendly and reasonable) and the course itself. The fairways were in great condition and the greens were very nice. I would have liked a hole preview, whether an image or a book, for a couple of the holes; knowing which fairway to hit would have been nice! But we followed some locals and used them as our guide! Great course and I would recommend it.
8 / 10
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by Grover (Knoxville, TN) -
We had a nice time...
7 / 10
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by Tony (Culloden, WV) -
Excellent Greens
9 / 10
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by Charles (Asheville, NC) -
I didn't like hitting off the hard sand.
9 / 10
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by Bryan (Grimsby, ON) -
Staff was exceptional.
9 / 10
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by William (Red Wing, MN) -
Starter guy was helpful.
9 / 10
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by Timothy -
Good trip to the South End of Myrtle Beach area. The greens have recovered from previous years of trouble. Pleasant staff and the course overall is in good shape. A few carts on the path holes but mostly running the fairways. I'll return.
9 / 10
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by Robert (Union, NJ) -
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 / 10
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by Michael (Beaver, PA) -
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.
9 / 10
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by Michael (Ellicott City, MD) -
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.
8 / 10
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by Bob -
I found this course to be in excellent shape, fairways and greens were well maintained. Staff were very friendly and prices quite reasonable.
9 / 10
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by Robert (Hagerstown, MD) -
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!
7 / 10
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by Cliff (Haverstraw, NY) -
Doing some construction otherwise a nice course.
8 / 10
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by Bill (Florence, SC) -
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.
8 / 10
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by Gary -
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 / 10
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by Larry (Richmond Hill, NY) -
We knew that the course would be wet and some damage due to recent floods, staff made up for any shortfalls on the course.
9 / 10
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by Michael (Odenton, MD) -
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.
10 / 10
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by J W -
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.
6 / 10
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by Clayton (Saluda, VA) -
Fair test, no tricks.
7 / 10
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by Eddie (Greer, SC) -
Nice course in good condition and worth the price I paid online.
8 / 10
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by David -
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.
6 / 10
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by Timothy -
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.
9 / 10
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by Brian (Mississauga, ON) -
Love the layout, but course conditions were not great this year.
6 / 10
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by Ronald (East Meadow, NY) -
Fair.
5 / 10
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by Terry (Hampton, VA) -
We should have gotten a yardage book, lay up yardages were tricky.
8 / 10
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by Matt -
Nice layout, lots of waste areas that give it a Pinehurst feel. Good shape overall with exception of #1 fairway (bare spots). Greens putted well.
9 / 10
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by Richard (Buda, TX) -
Really enjoyed this course also.
9 / 10
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by Joe -
Nice layout but tees and fairways in need of upgrade...My group not happy with Founders Club playing conditions....
7 / 10
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by Gary (Lancaster, MA) -
The course was in terrible shape. the fairways were awful with the only green grass on the t box and the green. not worth 80.00 a man to play on dirt.
5 / 10
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by Alson (Enola, PA) -
Really good
8 / 10
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by Bob (Mount Laurel, NJ) -
Nice layout, challenging enough. Very enjoyable.
8 / 10
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by Brett (Waretown, NJ) -
Overall a good course. Price is equal to higher quality course.
6 / 10
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by Tom (Sylvania, OH) -
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.
7 / 10
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by Phillip (Williamston, NC) -
Really like the design and layout of the holes, every hole is unique.
9 / 10
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by Kevin (Shallotte, NC) -
Good
8 / 10
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by Timothy -
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.
8 / 10
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by David (Akron, OH) -
Was all good, no complaints!
9 / 10
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by Jason (Crofton, MD) -
Nice layout of holes. The setting of the course is not as picturesque as other local courses
8 / 10
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by Jack -
Played Founders Club 2 weeks ago, and I can't speak any more highly of the condition it was in. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Greens where rolling around an 11, fairways were green and cut short, and the rough was unbearably high (bermuda rough stinks no matter) but still penalizes you if you don't hit a tee ball in the fairway. I would highly recommend getting out there and enjoying the course!
9 / 10
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by Tour -
If you like terrible fairways and crossing highways in your golf cart that have a 45 mile per hour speed limit this course if for you. I think we crossed 7 or 8 streets and felt like I was playing in someone's back yard on every hole. Worst course we ever played in MYR.
5 / 10
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by Sean (Dandridge, TN) -
We did not enjoy this course at all. Way too expensive for the condition - had to cross a major highway in a golf cart! And the signage around the course was horrible. Will definitely not play this course again.
4 / 10
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by Bob (Canandaigua, NY) -
We were split on this course. An interesting layout, but the tight lies made it too challenging! It would have been better to start on ##1 rather than ##10.
9 / 10
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