Founders Club At St. James Plantation: #8Founders Club at St. James Plantation

Founders Club at St. James Plantation
3021 Beaver Creek Dr
St James, North Carolina 28461
Brunswick County

Phone(s): (910) 253-3008
Fax: (910) 253-3014

They changed the name of The Gauntlet to The Founders, but the name change didn't make the course any easier. It's deserved: average golfers will find more than their match here. Architect P.B. Dye designed the green complexes here with something ethereal in mind.

"I think he was smoking something," joked Founders head pro Rob Brothers. It isn't the length, 7,016 yards from the back tees, that does you in, though it's longer than most courses along the Grand Strand. The fairways are wide, but once you approach the greens, the long, strange ride begins. There are nasty bunkers, deep and foreboding, and many of the bentgrass greens drop off sharply. Some of them drop off n all sides, into other nasty hazards, including an abundance of water on the back nine.

Mother Nature has her say: when the tide rolls in, the water hazards get bigger, and the wind can get wild in the afternoons.

Founders Club at St. James Plantation
5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews)
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A sunrise view of fairway #8 from Founders Club At St. James PlantationA view over the water of hole #16 at Founders Club At St. James PlantationA view from tee #17 at Founders Club At St. James Plantation

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: P. B. Dye
  • Public/Private: Semi-Private
  • Year opened: 1991
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bermuda Grass
  • Greens: Bent Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $70 - $80
  • Weekends: $70 - $80

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Gold 72 7016 136 74.3
Green 72 5140 116 66
Black 72 6374 130 71.1
White 72 5831 126 68.9
White (W) 72 5831 138 74.5
Green (W) 72 5140 122 70.8
Teal (W) 72 4903 116 69.3
Black/White Combo 72 6141 128 70.3
White/Green Combo 72 5448 118 67.3

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Founders Club at St. James Plantation
    5 stars out of 5
    by George
    on September 05th, 2012 18:35
    This place is so perfect I almost don't want to share my review in fear of making this secret known.

    I only heard about this place after meeting up with an old buddy of mine from the Army. Never heard of it before. But by golly, I'll be coming here a LOT more after discovering this hidden jewel. You have to see it for yourself to truly understand. Pictures don't do justice.
    One word of warning-this course is not for the faint of heart. It is challenging!
  • Founders Club at St. James Plantation
    5 stars out of 5
    by Jim Decker
    on October 20th, 2010 15:10
    This course is absolutely awesome. Intimidating at times, beautiful layout that is very fair.
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