Mt. Atlanticus.

Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Goff

Field review by the editors.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Mt. Atlanticus can be appreciated even if you have no interest in miniature golf. It was built at a reported cost of $3 million, and its two courses actually weave through and up several floors of an abandoned department store.

On your way to the thatched huts on the roof (some with their own golf holes) you pass dodos, minotaurs (the "Minotaur Goff" spelling is deliberate), aliens, Elvis, a sea monster, an abominable snowman, and bizarre murals that incorporate Jehovah, Poseidon, Einstein's theory of relativity, and a tribe of Indians worshiping a hovering blue flying saucer.

Indoor hole.

Mt. Atlanticus's run-amok mythology states that it's a 50,000-year-old mini-golf resort that broke away from Atlantis, floated to Myrtle Beach, and somehow lodged itself into the old Chapin's Department Store.

Mini-golf purists pooh-pooh this attraction in favor of other Myrtle Beach courses, but it has everything that miniature golf should have, including wacky holes that are more luck than skill (a feature all amateur golfers should appreciate). And if you somehow get a hole-in-one on the Mt. Atlanticus 19th green -- a knife-edge of turf between two lagoons -- you win a free lifetime pass and get your picture on the clubhouse wall.

Also see: Miniature Golf Capital of the World

Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Goff

Address:
707 N. King's Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC
Directions:
On the west side of S. Kings Hwy/US Hwy 17 Business at the corner of 7th Ave. N.
Hours:
Open daily in season. (Call to verify)
Phone:
843-444-1008
RA Rates:
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