Myrtle Beach is known for golf, but it has also earned the moniker “Miniature Golf Capital of the World.” There are more than 50 courses along the Grand Strand alone. Driving Route 17 from one end of the Grand Strand to the other, you’ll see everything from pirate ships and erupting volcanoes to fire-breathing dragons.
Whatever you do, don’t dare refer to miniature golf as “putt-putt golf” in this town. Here, miniature golf is a serious sport: Myrtle Beach is home to both the U.S. ProMiniGolf Association and the annual Masters National Pro Mini Golf Championship.
Must-plays along the Grand Strand
Hawaiian Rumble: Home to two national tournaments, this course is designed after the layout of the Hawaiian Islands, and it’s built around a volcano that erupts every 20 minutes.
Mutiny Bay: Pirates are a huge part of the history of the Carolinas and this course, set in a 17th-century town, teaches visitors about famous pirates at each hole.
Mount Atlanticus: Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, this 75-foot-high course is based on the Lost City of Atlantis, winding through three storeys of an old office building. At the top, players are treated to amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Getting There: WestJet flies to Myrtle Beach twice a week from Toronto.