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The Founders Club Hosts the Open Qualifier for the 118th U.S. Open on our Signature Golf Course

The Founders Club recently hosted the Local Qualifier for the 2018 Men’s U.S. Open on our challenging, yet rewarding, Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course in beautiful Sarasota FL.

During the day, 73 players competed to move on to the a sectional qualifier to be held later this month with a chance to head to the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. for the 118th U.S. Open on June 14, 2018 through June 17, 2018.  One of the golfers was The Founders Golf Club’s member and medalist for the event, Sebastian Mark, who broke the course record on April 27, 2018 with 63 and now holds his third local course record.

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The Founders Club is one of 112 sites in 45 states to hold qualifying rounds for both amateurs and professionals.  To be eligible, players must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional.  Players who advance will move on to the second qualifying round, to be held over 36 holes at 12 sites.

The Founders Club’s Robert Trent Jones Jr. course is a 7,094 yard course with a rating of 74.4 and a slope of 143. Our members are challenged at every hole, especially around the greens where the fairways are narrow.  When you play at The Founders Club, you are playing on beautiful sprigs of Florida-friendly Celebration, a deep blue-green Bermuda species repeatedly named the top turf for wear tolerance and recovery and drought resistance.

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Members of The Founders Golf Club get to take advantage of year-round golf with no tee time required and Sarasota’s only traditional caddie program.  The signature Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course's driving range features a 32-tee range and additional areas for members and guests to use on the practice end and the teaching end.  The Founders Club’s practice and training facilities consists of two putting greens, a short game area, and state-of-the-art TrackMan radar technology through the Florida Golf Performance Center.  The Founders Club Learning Center is also equipped with FlightScope for custom fitting and best quality instruction by our PGA Professionals.  Ann McClure, The Founders Club's Head Golf Professional, and First Assistant Joel Rasho are also available to assist members and residents with their game, utilizing their more than 25 years’ experience in the field.

Contact us to learn more about our signature Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course, as well as get membership information to play a round, or more. You may find that you enjoy being surrounded by our 700 lush acres of golf course, nature preserves, lakes, and wetlands, as well as the 100 protected live oaks and variety of birds and wildlife that take residence in our boutique style, Sarasota golf community.  You may even get wrapped up in the quaint, boutique-style living of our neighborhood filled with friends, nature, and luxury custom homes.

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