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The Founders Club Golf Hall features a lighter, brighter look after summertime update

SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 8, 2015) – The 24,000-square-foot Golf Hall at The Founders Club has a lighter new look following a summertime renovation.

Enhancements to the club included a new interior color palette of soft neutral tones and pale grays on walls, refinished wood floors and installation of new window treatments, lighting fixtures and carpeting in the main and private dining rooms.

The interior refresh also included new dining room chairs, larger tables in the bar and grille, and new furniture for the lobby and the popular verandah overlooking an oak hammock and the 18th hole of The Founders Club’s Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed championship golf course.

“We’re getting a lot of positive feedback from members who comment about how bright and open it feels,” said Hugh O’Donnell, general manager of The Founders Club. “Several members said they’ve never noticed the dark wood before. It really shows up against the lighter walls.”

The dark wood, an homage to the club’s Scottish traditions, appears throughout the building, in lobby columns, crown molding, ceiling details and chair railing.

Painting, papering and other updates have been completed. The new furniture is arriving in several shipments and is expected to be in place by the end of October, O’Donnell said.

The bar and grille maintains its casual ambience with distressed wood wall with ivory acoustic panels above. The venue also will have new chairs and stools in addition to the tables.

Ivory and gray striped wallpaper accents walls in hallways and in the main dining room, where mirrors and white molding mimic surrounding windows.

“It’s such an incredible new look,” said O’Donnell. “We’re excited for our seasonal members to see it.”

The Golf Hall is the central gathering place for Founders Club members who enjoy a vibrant, active social calendar and an in-season reciprocal partnership with Sarasota Yacht Club.

The private golf and social club community offers just 262 single-family homes on large homesites overlooking nature preserves, lakes and fairways. It also features 100 protected live oaks and a natural habitat within its 700 acres.

Offering the area’s only traditional caddie program, The Founders Club allows golfers to walk the course. Membership is limited to 275 to ensure members enjoy year-round golf with no tee time required.

Training facilities include two putting greens, a recently enlarged driving range and remodeled short game area featuring Titleist Pro V-1 balls, and state-of-the-art FlightScope technology.

The Golf Hall also offers a fully stocked golf pro shop, fitness center, and men’s and women’s locker rooms and lounges.

The Founders Club features miles of boardwalks and paved walkways, Har-Tru tennis courts, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and a picnic pavilion. Fitness and wellness classes, educational and instructional programs, and social gatherings are coordinated by a professional staff.

London Bay Homes offers a selection of more than 18 single-family detached villa homes, Reserve Collection homes and one-of-a-kind estates ranging from 2,500 to more than 6,000 square feet of living space. Home and homesite packages are priced from the $900,000s to more than $5 million.

The Founders Club is just minutes from Sarasota’s famed Gulf of Mexico beaches, the new University Town Center mall, and the acclaimed local restaurants, boutiques and arts and cultural venues of downtown Sarasota.

For membership information, contact Hugh O’Donnell at or 941-371-9720.

The Founders Club Sales Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 3001 Founders Club Drive, three miles east of I-75 on Fruitville Road, Exit 210.

For more information about The Founders Club and homes available for sale, call 941-398-0900 or visit

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