Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball. Catch a minor-league baseball game April–September with this proud Texas Rangers–affiliated team at Field. Look for specials and promos, like the "all-you-can-eat" seats and Thirsty Thursdays. Distractions include a super-size playground and inflatable rides for kids, and contests and entertainment between innings. A sandy beach section, picnic area, and luxury suites can be reserved for groups. 1251 21st Ave. N, Central Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577. 843/918–6000.


The Gulf Stream makes for good fishing from early spring through December. Anglers can fish from 10 piers and jetties for amberjack, sea trout, and king mackerel. Surfcasters may snare bluefish, whiting, flounder, pompano, and channel bass. In the South Strand, salt marshes, inlets, and tidal creeks yield flounder, blues, croakers, spots, shrimp, clams, oysters, and blue crabs.

Swimmers, steer clear of the piers. Fishermen's bait is known to lure unwelcome sharks to the water as well.

Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo. For more than 50 years, from April through October, the Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo has held a fish-of-the-month contest on participating area piers, with prizes for the largest catch of a designated species. There's no registration fee; entrants must take their catch to designated weigh stations for consideration. A $2,000 grand prize is handed out at the end. Myrtle Beach, SC. 800/356–3016.


Known as the Golf Capital of the World, the Grand Strand is home to more than 100 courses. Many are championship layouts and most are public.

Tee Time Central. Tee Time Central makes it easy to book tee times and special golf packages at nearly all the Strand's courses. Alligators have taken up residence in many of the Strand's golf courses. If you see one, don't investigate: they're faster than they look. 8700 Golf Village Lane, North End, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572. 866/554-1537.

Arrowhead Country Club. Known for its top-notch condition, regardless of the season, Arrowhead is the only Raymond Floyd–designed course in the region. Many of the scenic 27 holes, uniquely grouped into 9-hole themes, run along the intracoastal waterway. All greens are MiniVerde Bermudagrass, a grass species developed to tolerate high temperatures. Chomping at the bit? Arrowhead offers a free shuttle from the airport to its first tee. 1201 Burcale Rd., West Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572. 800/236–3243 or 843/236-3243. Reservations essential. 27 holes. 6180 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $79/$69 Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pro shop, golf academy/lessons for juniors, restaurant.

Indigo Creek Golf Club. Beauty and bargains await at Indigo Creek, a course cut through forests of huge oaks and pines that once surrounded an indigo plantation. The Willard Byrd design often takes home national awards, due to stellar maintenance of the Tift Dwarf Bermuda greens and tees. 9480 Indigo Club Dr., Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29576. 800/718–1830 or 843/650–1809. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 6747 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $75/$65 Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, pull carts, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Pine Lakes Country Club. Built in 1927 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Pine Lakes is reputed as the Grand Strand's "Granddaddy" of courses. The patriarch, however, is carefully maintained and was redesigned in 2009, unveiling newer holes near the new north-end entrance off Grissom Parkway. The course's classic Scottish theme is untouched, as are traditions like cups of clam chowder served on the 10th tee. New traditions have begun as well, with the establishment of the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame here in 2009, a glorious venue for weddings and holiday gatherings. 5603 Granddaddy Dr., Central Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577. 843/315–7700 or 800/446–6817. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 6675 yds. Par 70. Green Fee: $114/$105 Facilities: Putting green, pitching area, golf carts, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Resort Club at Grande Dunes. This course has some of the widest and purportedly fairest fairways in Myrtle Beach, a veritable kingdom of golf, with majestic, nationally award-winning views of the tranquil waterway. 8700 Golf Village Lane, North End, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572. 888/886–8877 or 843/315–0333. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 7618 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $149/$129 Facilities: Putting green, pitching area, golf carts, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

The Tournament Players Club Myrtle Beach. Designed by the legendary Tom Fazio, this former home to the Senior PGA Tour Championship has also been solid training grounds for PGA Tour star and Myrtle Beach local Dustin Johnson, who founded the Dustin Johnson Golf School here. The scenery is both beautiful and challenging, with plenty of towering pines, wetlands, and water hazards. Recently replaced features include the course greens and bunkers. 1199 TPC Blvd., Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29576. 843/357–3399 or 888/742–8721. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 6950 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $125/$115 Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, pull carts, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

The Witch. Dan Maples–designed, this course is off the beaten Myrtle Beach path amid the pines along Route 544. True to its name, it can be quite bewitching throughout its 500-acre rolling layout over higher elevations and the lower wetlands connected by a mile of bridges. 1900 Hwy. 544, East Conway, SC, 29526. 843/347–2706. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 6796 yds. Par 71. Green Fee: $87/$70 Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons.

Helicopter Rides

For a bird's-eye view of the beach, take to the sky in a helicopter to scoot along the coastline or explore more customized tours and mileage inland. The tours are great for aerial photo ops.

Oceanfront Helicopters 3000 S. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach (U.S. 17 Business side of Myrtle Beach Airport) 843/946–0022

Helicopter Adventures 1860 21st Ave. N, Myrtle Beach (near Broadway at beach entrance) 800/FLY–4–FUN


Nearly 50 mini-golf courses, also known as "putt-putt" around here, are in full swing along the Grand Strand. It's practically a subculture of Myrtle Beach that will have you climbing through caverns, scaling volcanic mountains, crossing rapids, and dodging fire-breathing dragons to master the 18-hole mini-greens. Beat the crowds by putt-putting in the morning or before the after-dinner rush.

Cancun Lagoon Mayan Adventure Golf. Putt inside or out Cancun's massive 50-foot Mayan pyramid. 2101 S. Kings Hwy., South Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577. 843/444–1098. $9 (age 5 and up); all-day pass $15. Daily 9 am–11:30 pm.

Dragon's Lair Fantasy Golf. Mini-golf goes medieval, as you maneuver through castle lookouts and caverns while dodging the 30-foot fire-breathing dragon that intermittently pops up from his lair. Broadway at the Beach, 1197 Celebrity Circle, Central Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577. 843/913–9301. $9 before 6 pm, $10 after 6. Daily 10 am–11 pm.

Hawaiian Rumble. Host of the U.S. ProMiniGolf Association's Masters Championship, this course takes mini-golf to a whole new level, especially with its centerpiece: a 40-foot-tall, fire-erupting volcano mountain that "rumbles" the ground every 20 minutes. 3210 U.S. 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582. 843/272–7812. $9 (age 5 and up). Daily 9 am–midnight.

Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur. Indoor and outdoor greens race around a giant mountain, past waterfalls, and into lagoons of this popular putt-putt place near the Strip. 707 N. Kings Hwy., off 7th Ave. N, near U.S. 501, Central Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577. 843/444–1008. $10–$14. Daily 9 am–midnight.

Water Sports

Don't forget to bring your own towels and sunscreen when you head out.

Downwind Sails. Hobie Cats, personal watercraft, Jet Skis, and ocean kayaks are available for rent at Downwind Sails, a trusted company here at the beach since 1981; they also have banana-boat rides (where you're towed in a long, yellow inflatable raft) and parasailing. 2915 S. Ocean Blvd., [next to Damon's], South End, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577. 843/448–7245.

Island Adventure Watersports. For water fun along the Waterway, this rental spot at the Socastee Swing Bridge offers the standard water-sport vessels, plus wakeboards, paddle boards, and Jet Ski tours. 5843 Dick Pond Rd., Socastee, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29588. 843/650–7003.

Ocean Watersports. This outfit rents all kinds of water-sports equipment, from jet skis to jet boats. 3rd Ave. S and beach, between Family Kingdom amusement park and Westgate Resort, 405 S. Ocean Blvd., The Strip, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577. 843/445–7777.

Village Surf Shoppe. Learn how to ride the waves with a surfing lesson from the crew at Village Surf Shoppe, led by Kelly Richards and his son Cam. Richards shapes his own Perfection Surfboards at the shop, while his national surf champion sons and staff (including 4 USA Team members) take aspiring surfers out for camps and some hands-on action near the Garden City Pier, a tradition since 1969. 500 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29576. 843/651–6396.

Scuba Diving

You don't have to go far off the coast of the Grand Strand to explore the underwater world. Man-made reefs boast an array of fish including sea fans, sponges, reef fish, anemones, urchins, and crabs. A number of shipwrecks are also worth exploring under the waves. Paddle wheelers, freighters, and cargo ships lie in ruins off the coast, and are popular scuba spots. Always wanted to dive but never learned how? Most dive shops can have you PADI-certified in a weekend.

Nu Horizons Dive and Travel. Instruction and equipment rentals, as well as an indoor dive tank, are available in the Sports Corner shopping center from Nu Horizons Dive and Travel. 515 U.S. 501, Suite A, Central Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577. 800/505–2080 or 843/839–1932.


There are more than 200 courts on the Grand Strand. Facilities include hotel and resort courts, as well as free municipal courts in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and Surfside Beach. Many tennis clubs offer weekly round-robin tournaments that are open to players of all levels.

Grande Dunes Tennis Club. A full fitness facility with 10 lighted Har-Tru courts (eight lit), the club also offers lessons, clinics, camps, and match opportunities. U.S. 17 Bypass at Grande Dunes Blvd., North End, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572. 843/449–4486.

Prestwick Country Club. This club offers court time, instruction, and tournament opportunities on adult and junior levels; 11 clay and two hard courts are lighted for nighttime play. 1001 Links Rd., South End, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29575. 843/828–1000 or 888/250–1767.


Cherry Grove Fishing Pier. This pier has a two-story observation deck and reaches 985 feet into the ocean, making it the place to catch pompano, bluefish, and mackerel. You can rent tackle and buy bait at the pier.Early morning and late afternoon are the best time to catch fish. 3500 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582. 843/249–1625.

Little River Fishing Fleet. This outfitter offers half- and full-day excursions, as well as night fishing and dolphin cruises. 1901 U.S. 17, North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582. 843/361–3323 or 800/249–9388.


Barefoot Resort and Golf. The four 18-hole championship courses at Barefoot were designed by Tom Fazio, Davis Love III, Pete Dye, and Greg Norman with all skill levels in mind. Notable details include a replica of plantation ruins on the Love course and only 60 acres of mowable grass among the natural vegetation on the Norman course. The Dye course is the chosen site of the annual Monday After the Masters celebrity tournament, hosted by Hootie and the Blowfish. 4980 Barefoot Resort Bridge, North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582. 843/390–3200 or 866/638-4818. Reservations essential. 72 holes. Dye 7343 yds; par 71. Fazio 6834 yds; par 71. Love 7000 yds; par 72. Norman 7200 yds; par 72. Green Fee: $162/$142 Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, golf academy/lessons, restaurants, bar.

Tidewater Golf Club and Plantation. Designed by Ken Tomlinson, the magnificent Tidewater peninsula is one of only two courses in the area with an ocean view; the marshes and waterway border other well-crafted parts of the course. The challenging fairways and high bluffs are reminiscent of Pebble Beach. 1400 Tidewater Dr., North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582. 843/913–2424 or 800/446–5363. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 7044 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $113/$138 Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, golf academy/lessons, bar.

Water Sports

Coastal Scuba. Learn to scuba dive, take a dive trip, or just rent equipment at Coastal Scuba, which is PADI-certified. 1903 U.S. 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582. 800/249–9388 or 843/361–3323.

Myrtle Beach Water Sports, Inc.. You can rent your own pontoon boats or Jet Skis at Myrtle Beach Water Sports, Inc., or try parasailing or a dolphin cruise aboard the Sea Screamer, touted, at 72 feet, as the world's largest speedboat. 4495 Mineola Ave., on the docks, Little River, SC, 29566. 843/280–7777.