‘Come say farewell’: Surfside Beach mini golf course announces closure after 34 years in business

Published: Sep. 12, 2023 at 9:28 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2023 at 5:31 PM EDT
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SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - A Surfside Beach staple announced on Facebook they would be closing their doors for good on Sunday.

Adventure Falls Golf shared a post on Facebook with the community, saying it will be saying goodbye after 34 years in business.

Visitors will not only be saying goodbye to the course but also its iconic octopus.

“The octopus, you drive by the busy highway, everyone sees the octopus, everyone loves it,” said Cannon Bailey, who works as a cashier at Adventure Falls Golf.

Bailey said while he’s only worked at the course for a few months, he’s grown up with it.

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“I’ve lived here 23 years, so I’ve known this park for 23 years,” Bailey said.

Surfside Beach Town Administrator Gerald Vincent said while it’s sad to see some attractions along Highway 17 Business close their doors for good, he said companies must make changes to stay current. He calls it a business evolution and it means that new things are on the horizon for the Surfside Beach community.

And one of those new things is two new 18-hole courses that will be rebuilt on the same property as Adventure Falls Golf.

The manager of the mini golf course said the name and theme will be different. Employees said there will also be an addition to the park but that’s a surprise for now.

As for the red octopus at the golf course, Bailey said there will be some heavy lifting to get it off the course.

“Octopus is going away. He will be airlifted out,” Bailey explained.

The last day to golf at Adventure Falls will be September 17.

In honor of its founding year, 1989, the mini golf course will be selling first rounds for $8.90 each day until it closes its doors for good.