While the Myrtle Beach area may have earned its “Golf Capital of the World” title thanks to its its long list of highly regarded full-size courses (100-plus golf courses can be found up and down the Grand Strand), the region also excels in the sport on a much smaller scale. At the area’s abundant mini-golf courses, you’ll only need to carry one club, and the entire family — from the youngest of first-time beach vacationers to the seniors who have been coming back to the Carolina coast for decades — can get in on the action.
Next time you and your vacation crew are looking to engage in a bit of fun and friendly competition, head for one of these top mini-golf courses on the Grand Strand:
Mount Atlanticus Minotaur Golf: Found on North Kings Highway in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, this Atlantis island-themed gem caters to those who prefer the old-school putt-putt courses. The high course’s layout features tiki huts that offer stellar views of downtown, while a separate indoor course below the man-made mountains lets patrons beat the rain or the heat. Get a preview of all the fun in store at myrtlebeachminigolf.com.
Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf: This Neverland-themed mini-golf course featuring pirate ships, dark caves, snapping crocodiles and roaring waterfalls is sure to excite both the young and the young at heart. The adventures to be had during a round here include a Tinkerbell rescue, a trek through a dangerous skull cave and a visit to Captain Hook’s ship. The final hole features a long shot down the side of the mountain that rewards hole-in-one swings with a free round. See all the adventures you can tee up at myrtlebeachfamilygolf.com.
Cancun Lagoon Miniature Golf: Boasting a 15-year history on the Grand Strand, Cancun Lagoon takes guests on a putting trek through the ancient Mayan Temple of Ek-Wayeb-Chak — the God of Lightning and Thunder. And with portions of the 27-hole, indoor/outdoor course running through air-conditioned areas, this is also a great place to beat the heat when the temperatures rise. Watch out for snakes, spiders and booby traps as you make your way through the course, which takes players into a Mayan pyramid, through ancient artifacts and around waterfalls. Scope out the course at paradiseadventuregolf.com.
Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf: Located at Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot Broadway at the Beach, this medieval-themed putt-putt course sends golfers for a rendezvous with ferocious, fire-breathing dragon Sir Alfred with a putter instead of a sword. The 36-hole layout features caves, bridges, a Viking ship and a realistic castle with a drawbridge. This is a prime place to let the younger set putt around while the grown-ups check out the shops and restaurants at Broadway at the Beach, or to catch a fun-filled family round including both the young and the old members of your vacation crew. Get a sneak peek of the course at myrtlebeachfamilygolf.com.
Spyglass Adventure Golf: This North Kings Highway mini-golf course with a nautical theme takes players on a pirate adventure alongside streams, beneath waterfalls, into caves and all around the Seawitch pirate ship — all in the midst of a battle at sea with pirates yelling, cannons firing and cannonballs exploding on the water. Set sail for 18 holes of adventure on the high seas at Spyglass! Learn more at the course’s Facebook page.
After claiming your title on the mini-golf course, head back to the comfortable accommodations and wide-ranging amenities at Long Bay Resort to rest up for another fun-filled day on the Grand Strand. Book your Myrtle Beach vacation today — whatever activity you and your vacation crew aim to pursue, there are plenty of ways to keep entertained on our stretch of the Carolina coast!