First-time visitors to Myrtle Beach usually come for the sun, fun, shopping and dining, but many discover a more sporting side of the Grand Strand once they arrive. That's because the Myrtle Beach area is jumping with a diverse range of sporting options from deep-sea fishing to high-in-the-sky parasailing and from real golf to miniature golf. Whether you consider yourself an athlete or don't have a competitive bone in your body, there's plenty going on for the adventurous.
Golf is king on the Grand Strand. In fact, it's hard to swing a 5-iron in Myrtle Beach without hitting a golf ball. With more than 100 courses on the Grand Strand, golfers have lots of choices, and few wrong ones. From the Lowcountry layouts of Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet, like the award-winning TPC Myrtle Beach and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, to the oceanfront masterpieces like The Dunes Club and The Surf Club, you can't beat a day on the links in Myrtle Beach.
Golf on the Grand Strand — Photo courtesy of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
If golf's not your bag, don't throw in the towel. Instead, use it to dry off after a day of parasailing, scuba diving or jet-ski riding at one of many watersports centers in the area. Larger outfitters like Capt. Dick's also offer deep-sea fishing, dolphin-watching tours and Banana Boat rides. For a more relaxing adventure, rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the coastal swamps and inlets. Anglers can also get their fix at one of seven fishing piers on the Grand Strand.
A parasail built for two — Photo courtesy of Capt. Dick's
After the sun goes down, there's still plenty of sports fun to be found. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Advanced Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, play their home games at the friendly confines of TicketReturn.com Park. Located adjacent to the popular Broadway at the Beach attractions, dining and shopping complex, the palatial ballpark is a great place to spend an evening for great entertainment, regardless of whether or not you like baseball. Between-inning stunts and wacky promotions make for a fun night out for the family, and a free fireworks show follows many of the Pelicans' night games.
And for casual golfers and non-golfers alike, Myrtle Beach also happens to be a mecca for putt-putt players. The Grand Strand is filled with fake volcanos, dinosaurs, waterfalls and windmills, turning a serious sport like golf into a goofball pastime. The new Shark Attack Adventure Golf in downtown Myrtle Beach is the first oceanfront mini-golf course on the Strand and is within putting distance of the popular Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
So pack your golf shoes or throw on some flip-flops. Myrtle Beach has all sorts of fun and games for thrill-seekers and sideline sitters alike.