Founders Club at Pawleys Island
Founders Club at Pawleys Island offers stunning visuals that only the Pawleys Island area can provide. Eighteen uniquely designed holes give golfers an experience they are sure to remember.
The Founders Club opened for play in 2008 and attracts golfers because of its unique appeal: sand instead of long, unforgiving rough. The course was designed by Thomas Walker, former lead designer for Gary Player Design, on what used to be the Sea Gull Golf Club, a Gene Hamm design that dates back to 1966. Like much of the surrounding area, the original course was relatively flat. Walker changed the look and feel of the course by moving over a quarter million cubic yards of dirt. The $7 million renovation project included a new Lowcountry-style clubhouse, overlooking the 18th green.
Since Walker’s redo in 2008, Founders Club has received numerous accolades including one of the “30 Best Courses You Can Play in South Carolina” by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel in 2009 and again in 2011. Founders Club was also named “Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year” by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association in 2011.
As a result of all the renovation work, Founders Club features sloping fairways, bunkers, elevation changes, and mounding, lots of mounding. Overgrown rough has been replaced with waste areas filled with native beach sand, pine straw and grasses. Also sprinkled throughout the course are Lowcountry wetlands, towering live oak and pine trees and azaleas which, when in bloom, add to the beauty of the layout. You won’t find many traditional cart paths out here, instead what you have are waste areas that are in play. Another feature that sets Founders Club apart from other courses in the area are the Emerald Bermuda greens. This unique strain of grass withstands the summer heat and requires less water than other grasses; it also has less grain.
Year Built: 2008
Designer: Tom Walker
Dress Code: Collared Shirt (No Denim)
Metal Spikes: Not allowed
Earliest Tee Time: 7:00 AM
Greens: Emerald Bermuda
# of Sand Bunkers: 60
Water Hazards in Play: Yes
Greens Aerated: May
Overseeding Schedule: September
Walking the Golf Course: Yes, in afternoon
Driving Range: No
Food Availability: Restaurant
Bar: Full Service Bar
7829 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 – Map it!
Phone: 843. 237. 2299
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