Below are a few golf questions that we are frequently asked at the Founders Club golf course. If we do not answer your question below, please feel free to call us at (800) 833-6337 or contact us here.
Did Founders Club Golf Club used to be Sea Gull?
Yes, before 2006, when it closed for extensive renovation, it was Sea Gull Golf Club, designed by Gene Hamm. Thomas Walker designed the current course.
Are you open to the public?
Yes, we are!
Which holes are the most memorable?
Hole #9, the first hole you see when entering the golf club, makes a strong statement and sparks the most comments from visitors. The way the sand slopes down into the pond makes it a beautiful, well-laid-out golf hole. It isn’t our signature hole, but it is probably the most remarkable and generates a lot of buzz about our course.
Hole #18 is probably the most impressive looking. Views from the pond toward our beautiful Lowcountry-style clubhouse with the wraparound porch is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a pretty finishing hole, but it can be a challenge. We hear a lot of golfers say, “I had a great round until I hit hole 18.” Hole # 10 will also stick in your mind.
Hole #12 has always been considered our signature hole. Hole #3 is the first Par 3 on the course.
What kind of grass do you use?
Founders Club at Pawleys Island is one of the few to use Emerald Bermuda on its greens. This unique strain of grass is made to withstand the summer heat, requires less water than other grasses, and is not as grainy as other strains. While the fairways are Bermuda, the roughs are a mixture of Bermuda and Zoysia.
How do you treat the greens in winter?
We are able to paint the dormant greens in winter because they’re so healthy. We do overseed our tee boxes, fairways, and areas around the greens to give the course the lush look golfers want during the winter. We do keep our roughs dormant, which, along with our white sand, gives a pleasing contrast.
Does every hole have a sand challenge?
Do you have a driving range?
No driving range per se. We have a 6-person hitting bay, which is sufficient for warming up and for lessons.
Can I take lessons?
General Manager/Head Professional Ryan Mooney is PGA-certified and would be happy to give you lessons. He will start you out hitting balls into the net and then take you out on the course for some real-life learning.
I’ve heard that this can be a difficult course. How should I play it?
We suggest that you play one tee forward from where you would play at another golf course.
Can juniors drive the golf carts?
A driver’s license is required to operate a golf cart. Even licensed drivers have to be especially careful on this course because of the 14 road crossings due to the housing development surrounding us.