While the Grand Strand boasts more than 100 highly regarded full-size golf courses — earning the Myrtle Beach area its “Golf Capital of the World” nickname — the region also excels on a much smaller scale in the sport. That’s because the Grand Strand also boasts an impressive array of mini-golf courses, where the entire family — from the seniors who have spent decades visiting the Carolina coast to the youngest of first-time beach vacationers — can get in on the action, and where you’ll only need to carry a single club as you navigate the course.
So, the next time you and your vacation crew are seeking a bit of fun and friendly competition, head for one of these five top mini-golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area:
Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf: This medieval-themed putt-putt course located at Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot Broadway at the Beach sends golfers — armed with a putter instead of a sword — for a rendezvous with a ferocious, fire-breathing dragon named Sir Alfred. The 36-hole layout features bridges, caves, a Viking ship and a realistic castle with a drawbridge. This is a great place to let the younger set putt around while the grown-ups check out the shops and restaurants at Broadway at the Beach, or for both the young and the old members of your vacation crew to catch a fun-filled family round. Get a sneak peek of the course at myrtlebeachfamilygolf.com.
Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf: Sure to excite both the young and the young at heart in your vacation crew, this Neverland-themed mini-golf course on North Kings Highway sees players navigate pirate ships, snapping crocodiles, dark caves and roaring waterfalls during a round. Other adventures to pursue on the pair of 18-hole layouts here include a Tinkerbell rescue, a trek through a dangerous skull cave and a visit to Captain Hook’s ship. Save your best shot for last, as the course’s final hole features a long shot down the side of a mountain that rewards hole-in-one swings with a free round. Explore all the adventures you can tee up at myrtlebeachfamilygolf.com.
Mount Atlanticus Minotaur Golf: Found on North Kings Highway in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, this Atlantis island-themed course caters to fans of the old-school putt-putt courses. Its 18-hole high course features tiki huts offering great views of downtown Myrtle Beach, while a separate, 18-hole indoor course below the man-made mountains lets duffers beat the rain or the heat. Get a preview of all the fun in store for your family at myrtlebeachminigolf.com.
Lost Mine Miniature Golf: Located just steps from the seashore on Ocean Boulevard in downtown Myrtle Beach, the 18 holes of this gold rush-themed mini-golf course get harder and harder as players progress from hole to hole. Golfers of all ages will have a blast putting through corkscrews, over bridges and around boulders as they navigate the twists, turns and secrets of the course’s Lost Mine Quarry and old mill. Plan your search for golf-course gold at the course’s website.
Lost Treasure Golf: Inspired by the expeditions of fictional explorer, anthropologist, archaeologist, paleontologist, University of Chicago professor and part-time taxidermist Duffer A. Hacker — who, legend says, led a pair of 1920s-era expeditions to the Fogclift Islands off the coast of South America — this course featuring a pair of 18-hole layouts gets the fun rolling fast with a mining-train ride to the opening holes on the mountaintop. From there, players embark on a search for hidden gold and diamond mines as they follow Hacker’s historical path and putt their way through an exhilarating round of mini-golf fun. Explore all the fun in store at losttreasuregolf.com.
After testing your putting skills on the mini-golf course, head back to the comfortable accommodations and long list of amenities (including a rooftop min-golf course) at Long Bay Resort to rest up for another day of fun on the Grand Strand. Book your oceanfront vacation in Myrtle Beach today — our stretch of the Carolina coast is sure to provide a hole in one for family fun!