Myrtle Beach Journals

Myrtle Beach: No Mickey, But Lots of Mini

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A December 2003 trip to Myrtle Beach by Idler

Shark Beachwear Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: You won’t find that over-promoted rodent at Myrtle Beach, but you will find 47 miniature golf courses, inexpensive but comfortable hotels, old-timey amusement parks, sixty miles of beach along the Grand Strand, and enough kitschy delights to keep even the most tireless connoisseur of lowbrow culture amused.

Myrtle Beach: No Mickey, But Lots of Mini

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Overview

Shark Beachwear Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Dubbed the "Blue-Collar Riviera" or, less charitably, "K-Mart by the Sea," this tourist mecca now courts more affluent travelers yet retains an unmistakably populist feel. The past decade has seen explosive growth, with nearly 12 million visitors annually. An endless parade of resorts, chain restaurants, themed dinner shows, factory outlets, "gentlemen’s clubs," amusement parks, and beachwear shops line Rt. 17. If all this sounds a little frantic (and, by all reports, during peak season it is), off-season Myrtle Beach is low key and astonishingly cheap. Our son was easily placated with an arcade and an indoor "lazy river" swimming pool, leaving us free to stroll the beach or laze on our o...Read More

The Ocean Reef Resort

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Hotel

The Ocean Reef Resort Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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I'd just spent hours in a car, headed to Myrtle Beach with my husband and son. Think on this, Gentle Reader. That's eight hours on I-95, heading south over Christmas. Just us and every other sun-deprived Northerner. There's nothing like an eight-hour drive to promote a little cozy family interaction, which is why I was so keen to put some distance between me and my loved ones when we arrived.I was relieved to find that the three-bedroom condo I'd booked at the Ocean Reef Resort was, indeed, a full three bedrooms. I'd called to make sure, but still one never knows until the swipe-card lock blinks green and the door swings open....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

The Ocean Reef Resort
7100 North Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
(800) 542-0048

Alligator Adventure

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Attraction | "Don’t Dangle That Baby: Alligator Adventure"

Alligator Adventure Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Today, in part one of a series entitled, "Parenting Skills for the New Century," I will address that often-asked question: Should you let your child wander loose in an alligator pen? The answer, of course, is, no, you shouldn’t. You should carry him. Who knows what sort of nasty germs are on the floor of that pen! That’s why well-known "crock-hunter," Steve Irwin, keeps his son safely tucked under his arm when he feeds a thirteen-foot man-eater. Of course, Steve’s a trained professional...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Alligator Adventure
Highway 17 (barefoot Landing)
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
+1 843 361 0789

MT Atlanticus Miniature Golf

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Attraction | "Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Golf"

MT Atlanticus Miniature Golf Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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"At 2:37 pm, March 29, 1998, a land mass suddenly appeared some two miles out to sea from Myrtle Beach Pavilion. Two days later, the mass had settled itself atop the old Chapin Company department store, two blocks from the ocean… The Mass was a miniature golf resort, some 50,000 years old, which had broken away from the sunken continent of Atlantis and inched its way to the United States over thousands of years." - The Mt Atlanticus websiteNow, if there’s one thing I admire, it’s a good creation myth, and this is as good as they get. Even before I read the promo, though, I knew I had to play this miniature, er, make that minotaur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

MT Atlanticus Miniature Golf
707 North Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
(843) 444-1008

Hook, Line, and Hyperbole

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Story/Tip

The Giant Crab Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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I’m happy to report that the art of exaggeration is alive and well in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach being the epicenter of all things that are the World’s Largest, the World’s Greatest, and the World’s Biggest. As the local Ripley’s museum advertises, "Believe It or Not!" I try hard not to be a complete fuddy-duddy (though my teenage son regularly informs me I fail dismally), but it takes a very naïve person to take all of Myrtle Beach’s claims at face value. Personally, I enjoy suspending disbelief and achieving, if only for a few seconds, that state of perfect gullibility that every advertising executive dreams about. Take the Myrtle Beach visitor center: Did you know tha...Read More

A Field Guide to Mini-Golf

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Story/Tip

Trybal Golf Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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TIPS FOR THE SAVVY MINIATURE GOLFER First, before we begin, let’s get one thing straight: I’m not talking about miniature golfers. Hope that clears that up. Now we can proceed with our exciting discussion of mini-golf. Oh, and another thing: I'd hate to think that any of you out there would ever use the term "putt-putt," a term frowned upon in serious mini-golf circles. You never hear anyone in the PGMA (that’s the Professional Miniature Golf Association) refer to the sport as "putt-putt." That’d be like calling table tennis "ping-pong," now wouldn’t it? It’s hardly a fitting term for a sport under serious consid...Read More