Myrtle Beach, situated on a barrier island in South Carolina between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, is among the top family vacation destinations in the U.S. Hosting almost 15 million visitors a year, Myrtle Beach is famous for its white sand beaches. But it also offers a wide range of attractions including an aquarium, amusement parks and an Imax theater.
Myrtle Beach is also home of the U.S. ProMiniGolf Association, so it’s no surprise that it offers many options--and a lot of enthusiasm--for mini-golf. Its moderate climate—daytime temperatures average about 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter--means mini-golf can be enjoyed year-round.
Myrtle Beach offers more than two dozen major mini-golf courses, plus a number of smaller operators. Whether you choose by location, size, theme or degree of difficulty, there is a good choice for every taste or preference.
Themes include a broad range of choices, from pirate and jungle motifs to American pop culture icons such as Gilligan’s Island and Jurassic Park. But price is also often an issue. And Myrtle Beach also delivers good value for cheap family fun or social competition among family and friends.
Take advantage of the best rate in town at Springmaid Beach Resort, where all-day privileges are priced at $7 for adults and $6 for children 4 to 10 as of 2010. Pirate’s Watch Adventure Golf offers all-day play until 5 p.m. for $7.50 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. After 5 p.m., the same prices apply to a single round.
Gilligan’s Island Funland offers an all-day pass until 6 p.m. for $7.95. After 6 p.m., prices are $7.95 for adults and children older than 5. For children under 5, the price is $4.98.
At the Beach
Located on the beach at the southern end of Ocean Boulevard, Springmaid Beach Resort offers an 18-hole mini-golf course complemented by amenities that include 27 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, a 1,060-square-foot Springmaid Fishing Pier and two family-friendly restaurants—Marlin’s Buffet and The Pier Cafe. Single-round mini-golf prices are $6 for adults and $5 for children 4 to 10. Children under 4 play free.
Located one block from the beach, Capt. Hook’s Adventure Golf features two 18-hole courses. The facility offers a number of animated features popular with children, such as a hologram of Tinker Bell and a mountain to climb. Single-round prices are $9 for adults and $8 for children 4 to 10. An all-day pass is $15 for both adults and children.
Several large operators offer multiple courses at state-of-the-art facilities. Cancun Lagoon Golf, which includes a trio of 18-hole courses that feature indoor-outdoor play and three levels of difficulty, features a Mayan-themed pyramid with “thunder and lightning” effects, as well as talking Mayan gods. Prices for adults and children are $9 for the first round and $2 for an additional round. Children under 4 play free. Check the operator’s website for coupons. The same company also operates Molten Mountain and Mutiny Bay, which feature similar pricing.
Treasure Island Golf and Spy Glass are operated by the same owner and built around themes inspired by the work of author Robert Louis Stevenson. Treasure Island features a 400-year-old oak tree. Spy Glass features two waterfalls and caves. Pricing is $9 for adults and $7 for children 5 to 10. Children under 5 play free. An all-day pass is $12.
The owners of Capt. Hook’s Adventure Golf also operate Jurassic Golf, which offers two dinosaur-themed, 18-hole courses.
Jungle Lagoon, featuring waterfalls, caves and an assortment of lifelike animals, includes two 18-hole courses. Special amenities include a 1,000-square-foot covered patio with picnic tables and a panoramic view of Myrtle Beach from a lookout. Per-round prices are $8 for adults and $6.50 for children 5 to 12 and seniors over 60. All-day rates are $9.50 for adults and $8.50 for children.
Buccaneer Bay, located across from Ocean Lakes Campground, features two 18-hole courses and a pirate theme that includes a partial replica of a tall ship and a cave with pirates and skeletons. All-day pricing until 6 p.m. is $10 for adults and children. After 6 p.m., it’s $9 for adults and $7 for children 11 and under. Children under 3 play free. Buccaneer Bay is open from March until October.