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Molten Mountain.

Molten Mountain Miniature Golf

Field review by the editors.

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

According to Stephen Lancaster, general manager of Molten Mountain, this mini-golf attraction was nicknamed "The Death Star" by its competitors because it was "coming in to destroy everyone else." That hasn't happened -- yet -- but the 50-foot-tall black volcano of Molten Mountain is still an ominous sight.

Molten Mountain cost over $6 million to build, a faux tropical island with "a very angry volcano" according to its scorecard. The volcano periodically rumbles and erupts flame and smoke to distract the mini-golfers. Pink "lava" waterfalls spew from its side, collecting in blood-red pools around its base.

What really sets Molten Mountain apart from its rivals is the interior of the volcano, which encloses an all-indoor 18-hole air-conditioned course that winds through fake caverns. Music pulses from hidden loudspeakers, the fairways are a magma-like red and orange, smoke swirls around cement mini-volcanos. "When it's blistering hot, or if it's pouring rain, we get everybody in town," said Stephen.

The indoor course.

Death Star or Ark of Refuge? Either way it's an odd destination: when it's too hot in Myrtle Beach, you golf inside a volcano.

Also see: Miniature Golf Capital of the World

Molten Mountain Miniature Golf

1010 US Hwy 17 N., North Myrtle Beach, SC
On the west side of N. Kings Hwy/US Hwy 17 at the corner of Vereen Rd, just south of 11th Ave. N.
Open year-round. Volcanic eruptions look good at night. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
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