We recommend saving the “surf” for the beach and focusing on the golf at the Surf and Beach Club, however there will be ample opportunity to create waves with misplaced shots. The course is set just a few blocks off the beach on the north side of Myrtle Beach, but features water hazards throughout.
George Cobb first laid out the course at this semi-private club during the early ‘60s and his hallmarks are evident throughout, most noticeably in the doglegs that test players to challenge their corners. Cobb’s most famous course may be the Augusta National par three route, and accordingly his short holes will generate the most chatter here.
No. 6 is an island green, albeit with plenty of landing area for those who just miss the putting surface. More devious is the closing hole, a 215-yard carry across the water while those at the back of the clubhouse watch eagerly.
Although Cobb’s name is on the marquee, John LaFoy has done at least as much work at the club, handling renovations during both 1992 and 2016, with turf varieties swapped out in both instances.
The totality of much of the golf in the Grand Strand area - stretching from Brunswick County, NC to Georgetown SC is loaded with an array of golf choices. Unfortunately, many of them are akin to fast food -- you play such courses for the immediate satisfaction in being able to play golf rather than the design of the courses themselves.
The Surf Club is beyond much of the vanilla that inhabits the broader Myrtle Beach area and is a fair design that can entertain the masses without overwhelming them, and, at the same time, provides for enough moments to keep the lower handicap types engaged.
In the several times I've played the course over the years the turf quality has been good and the greens have rolled well. Having a close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean has always been a plus for the facility in drawing people to the immediate vicinity -- especially families.
The golf is straightforward with much of the architecture devoid of any over-the-top gimmicks but lacking the kind of detailing and array of shotmaking challenges found at such nearby courses such as Tidewater or the Dunes Club.
Certainly, check out the Surf Club but don't expect to "catch a wave" of great excitement.
M. James Ward