With more than 50 great mini golf, adventure golf and putt-putt golf courses between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, as well as the home of the US Pro Mini Golf Association Master's National Championship and more miniature golf courses per square mile than anywhere else on earth, it's safe to say that the Grand Strand is the miniature golf capital of the world.
Half the fun of mini golfing along the Grand Strand is actually exploring the different courses and finding your favorites.
There are courses for every age, interest and ability. Some have fun surprises for children and whimsical decorations. Some are more focused on challenging putting greens with unexpected rises and dips. Some have just flat-out crazy holes, with golfers having to get their balls down 10-foot tall spiral drops or over waterfalls. And almost without fail, the mini golf courses of the Grand Strand are lush with beautiful flowers and trees.
The master's championship tournament takes place every year in October at Hawaiian Rumble Golf in North Myrtle Beach. It's free and open to the public, and a lot of fun to watch. Golfers from around the nation compete for the title and purse.
If you're not quite ready for the pros, you can practice your skills in the meantime on the championship course, or any one of the Grand Strand's beautiful mini golf courses. Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your own mini golf adventures.
You'll be forgiven for thinking that there's an active volcano right on the Grand Strand when you see a fiery mountain stretching up the sky. But not to worry-that's not a lava-spewing mountain-it's Mount Atlanticus! Certainly one of the most eye catching of all the mini golf courses in Myrtle Beach, one of the most fun for kids, and a good place for mini-golfing on a hot summer day. The holes on Mount Atlanticus's Caves course don't spread out-they rise up. You'll climb up and up the (cool, shady) volcanic mountain as you putt your way to the fiery top. And the name is a funny play on words as well.
Hawaiian Rumble Golf (North Myrtle Beach)
Hawaiian Rumble in North Myrtle Beach is permanent home to the USPMGA's master's championship every October, and after playing, one can see why the tournament comes back here year after year. Lush, manicured greenery and flowers surround challenging and well-maintained holes. And just for fun, the big volcano at the center of the course rumbles and smokes, and a dozen parrots welcome you when you arrive.
Captain Hook's Adventure Golf (Myrtle Beach)
Enter the giant skull oozing smoke, climb aboard Captain Hook's pirate ship, and visit a tiny Tinkerbell that flits and flies as if by magic. All with holes that are fun and not-too-hard for the little ones. Captain Hook's Adventure Golf in Myrtle Beach is a magical place to play mini golf, for kids and grown-ups alike.
Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Mini Golf (North Myrtle Beach)
Take a mining train to the top of the mini golf course and putt your way down as you search for lost treasure among the water hazards and through the mining tunnels. Lots of fun for kids of different ages, who will get a real kick out of the "miners" along the way, and grown ups who want some challenging putting holes.
Shipwreck Island Adventure Golf (North Myrtle Beach)
If you were to put together some of the craziest, kookiest mini golf holes you could think of, you might get something as fun as Shipwreck Island. With holes that require you to jump your ball across waterfalls, down streams, through caves and down a twisting, turning 10-foot spiral drop, this golf course really is an adventure.