Myrtle Beach Golf: Founders Club open, Palmetto Greens slated to open soon

The Founders Club at Pawleys Island which reopened its doors on Feb. 1, 2008. The first or two redesigns to open this early Spring Golf Season. The old Sea Gull Golf Club which opened is doors back in the late 1960`s by local families was given a face lift which included nearly $7 million in renovations and beautiful 5,000 square foot Clubhouse with wrap around porch which overlooks the 10Th and 18Th hole.
Architect Thomas Walker, once with the Gary Player Design Group, led the $7 million dollar construction project. The front nine is virtually unrecognizable from the old Sea Gull golf course. The changes include Hole #1 being shortened by about 50 yards, and a huge practice putting green has been installed directly behind the tee boxes. You actually step from the putting green to the tee box. The #3 hole now has split sets of tee boxes. #4 has been converted to a par 4, and a lake has been built behind the tee boxes. The #6 hole has been converted to a wonderful risk/reward par 5. Hole #12 now has a split fairway and the green has been moved down closer to the lake. Walker has created a course that is esthetically pleasing to the eye, but near as difficult as it appears.

There are 5 sets of tees on each hole and measures 7007 yards from all the way back. All golf carts have the newest GPS technology with accurate yardages and graphics. With Bermuda fairways and a mixture of Bermuda and Zoysia in the rough, The Founders Club and the TPC of Scottsdale, home of the 2008 Accenture World Match Play Championship, as the only two golf courses in America with Emerald Bermuda greens. A new strand of grass just released from the Champion Turf Company, Emerald Bermuda tolerates the hot South Carolina summer sun and requires less water than other grasses.

The second course during the 2008 golf season to open (March 13,2008 ) is the Palmetto Greens Country Club. The 6,486-yard par-71 is the second Rick Robbins design on the Grand Strand. The first being Crow Creek since leaving the Nicklaus Design Team. Palmetto Greens features more water hazards, than the original Colonial Charters Golf Club designed by John Simpson. Two man-made waterfalls with a “Stadium Feel” around the L93 bent grass greens.

The course which opened in 1988 is changing from a par-72 to a par-71. The back tees which measure 6,486-yard will also have three other tee boxes that will make this new layout measure approximately 6,200, 5,800 and 5,100 yards. Palmetto Greens will have one Par 5 that is 620 yards long making it the “2Nd Longest Hole On The Grand Strand” behind the 18Th Hole at Farmstead

Both of these courses are in EXCELLENT CONDITION, and can be added to any of your North Myrtle Beach Golf Packages.