While 100-plus highly regarded full-size golf courses can be found up and down the Grand Strand — earning the Myrtle Beach area its title of “Golf Capital of the World” — the region also excels in the sport on a much smaller scale. That’s because the Grand Strand also boasts a long list of mini-golf courses, where the entire family — from the youngest of first-time beach vacationers to the seniors who have spent decades visiting the Carolina coast — 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 looking to score a bit of fun and friendly competition, head for one of these five top mini-golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area:
Mount Atlanticus Minotaur Golf: Located on North Kings Highway in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, this gem sporting an Atlantis island theme caters to those who prefer 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 patrons beat the rain or the heat. Get a preview of all the fun in store for your family at myrtlebeachminigolf.com.
Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf: Navigate pirate ships, dark caves, snapping crocodiles and roaring waterfalls at this Neverland-themed mini-golf course on North Kings Highway that’s sure to excite both the young and the young at heart in your vacation crew. The adventures to pursue during a round on one of the two 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.
Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf: This medieval-themed putt-putt course found 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 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.
Lost Mine Miniature Golf: Found steps from the coastline on Ocean Boulevard in downtown Myrtle Beach, the 18 holes of this gold rush-themed mini-golf course get increasingly harder as players progress through the layout. Golfers of all ages will have a blast putting over bridges, through corkscrews and around boulders as they navigate the twist, 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, archaeologist, anthropologist, paleontologist, University of Chicago professor and part-time taxidermist Duffer A. Hacker — who, according to legend, led a pair of 1920s-era expeditions to the Fogclift Islands off the coast of South America — this course’s duo of 18-hole layouts kicks off the fun 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 wide range of amenities at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation to rest up for another day of fun on the Grand Strand. Book your North Myrtle Beach vacation today — our stretch of the Carolina coast is sure to provide a hole in one for family fun!