The Founders Golf Club is a private, traditional Golf and Social Club Community that expresses and encourages communion with nature, camaraderie among neighbors, and connection to the timeless traditions of Scottish links golf. The Founders Golf Club is nestled amid 700 acres of verdant natural landscape on the outskirts of Sarasota, Florida – the renowned cultural and vacation destination on Florida’s West Coast. The area’s world-famous Gulf beaches and keys, its sophisticated arts, culture, spa and dining scenes are just a short distance from The Founders Golf Club and its elegant gated community of custom built homes.
Juliette Valin has extensive experience in private club membership and management, serving as Director of Membership and Clubhouse Operations over the last 7 years both at The Founders Golf Club and previously at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Prior to that she held the Director of Purchasing job and worked in the golf department at The Longboat Key Club. Before her years in the golf industry, Juliette served as a National and Regional Sales Manager in the Security and Automobile industries, organizing and training sales teams. In addition, Juliette is a member of the Professional Clubs Marketing Association.
Following the ancient contours of traditional Scottish Links courses, The Founders Golf and Social Club’s 18-hole championship course takes its cues from the gently rolling terrain. Set against a backdrop of centuries-old oaks, pines and palms and highlighted by a natural buffer of lush, untamed landscape, the 7,094-yard, par 72 layout offers a dynamic route along groomed fairways, tranquil lakes and unspoiled wetlands. Each hole is sculpted in harmony with the natural beauty of the landscape to elevate the challenge and exhilaration of play. The course is a “core” design, where golfers cross no roads during play and where homes are carefully set back from the field of play.
Sarasota’s only traditional caddie program affords Members the pleasure of walking the course at their leisure – no tee times required. A state-of-the-art teaching facility and golf shop are staffed with a roster of seasoned professionals who help each Member reach for the top of his or her game.
Situated off the back veranda, trimmed in dark mahogany, with an inviting décor; the Gillespie Grille room is open daily, except Mondays, offering traditional, pub-style dining. The beautifully appointed bar and large fireplace provide wonderful areas to accommodate socializing after golfing or prior to dinner service in the Main Dining Hall. Over the years, the Grille room has been host to the beginnings of many a new friendship.
Both lunch and dinner seating expand to include the Verandah, offering magnificent views towards the 18th green, through the majestic oaks. Tropical styled fans slowly turn, creating light breezes and on cool evenings, the large brick fireplace is the perfect place to enjoy an after-dinner cordial with family and friends.
For those evenings one wants to indulge in classic cuisine, prepared by the highly acclaimed culinary staff, there is no better venue than The Scotsman Room. Sophisticated décor, attentive service and sweeping views through the many luxuriously draped windows, set the perfect mood for an unforgettable evening. Feast on an ever changing list of daily creations as you share stories and create memories you will cherish for years to come.
Wellness, fitness and healthy living are part of what make The Founders Golf Club lifestyle so vibrant and enriching. Personalized diet and exercise programs, a state-of-the-art fitness center and array of fitness activities, classes and training are guided by Personal Trainers, including a level 3 Titleist Performance Institute Trainer and enhanced by outside resources such as massage therapists, yoga and Pilates instructors helping each Member of The Founders Golf and Social Club lead a happier and more rewarding life.