Situated in North Myrtle Beach, the Surf Golf & Beach Club course is a demanding George Cobb design from 1960 that was renovated by John LaFoy in the mid-1990s, when the architect converted all the greens to bentgrass putting surfaces.
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