The Founders Club
The Founders Golf ClubCategory: Private Clubs, Sarasota
Cherished Traditions of Club and Camaraderie
Amenities and activities within the club connect Members with one another – as well as with nature. Miles of meandering boardwalks and walkways dart through untamed nature preserves, brush against lakes and showcase an environment punctuated by palm trees, pines and centuries-old moss-covered oaks.
The Founders Club’s authentic year-round golf experience pays homage to the game’s origins and great Scottish customs. Offering Sarasota’s only traditional caddie program and the opportunity to abandon the golf cart and walk the course, the club honors John Hamilton Gillespie, who traveled from Scotland to Sarasota with a set of golf clubs and the ambition of introducing golf to his adopted homeland.
At the heart of The Founders Club’s active golf and social lifestyle is its 24,000-square-foot Golf Hall. Members and players often recap their game or meet friends at the club’s popular bar and grille or under the large southern-inspired verandah overlooking the 18th hole and a picturesque hammock of live oaks. The welcoming member-owned club also offers casual and fine dining, a golf pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms and lounges, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
With club membership limited to only 275, reserved tee times are not required. Training facilities are dedicated to perfecting one’s game and include state-of-the-art FlightScope® technology in The Founders Club Learning Center exclusively for The Founders Club memberships. Members also enjoy the newly expanded driving range, enhanced chipping areas, Pro V1 golf balls in all of the practice areas, and access to four PGA professionals available for lessons and clinics.
The club offers a fun-filled calendar of fitness and wellness classes, educational and instructional programs, and social gatherings coordinated by a professional staff.
Additional club amenities include two Har-Tru tennis courts, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and a picnic pavilion perfect for gatherings. Member-initiated clubs cater to a range of interests and hobbies, from cards and cooking to dance and fitness.
“Our goal is to ensure our members can stay as active and busy as they’d like,” said Hugh O’Donnell, General Manager of The Founders Club. “The Golf Hall is the epicenter of the social fabric of the club. This is where neighbors gather as friends where there are no strangers.”