Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mini golf offers family fun for all ages

(ARA) - There is nothing easy about trying to plan a family vacation. Besides the challenge of figuring out where to go, there is the ever-present concern of finding age-appropriate activities for the entire family.

A classic activity that has stood the test of time around the country – and sometimes can be forgotten during the vacation planning process – is miniature golf. While for some it may not be the sole reason for choosing a destination, it is an activity that never fails to please once travelers arrive at their vacation spot.

Many of the country’s top miniature golf courses were originally built in tourist destination areas such as Myrtle Beach, S.C., which is considered the unofficial "Miniature Golf Capitol of the World."

There are as many as 50 courses on Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand, which is located on the southeast coastline of sunny South Carolina, and with more than 14 million tourists visiting each year, the facilities are always busy.

”Mini golf is great no matter your age, athletic ability or golf skills,” says Bob Detwiler of the popular Hawaiian Village course in Myrtle Beach, “It’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening, and may even spark some friendly competition during your family vacation.”

A versatile and diverting activity for any age, miniature golf is perfect for multi-generational travel groups, family gatherings, and even couples. Its affordability adds value to the vacation and is great entertainment for everyone.

Nearly all of the Myrtle Beach area’s mini golf courses are meticulously landscaped and adorned with tropical plants and flowers throughout warm-weather months. But it’s each course’s unique theme that sets them apart from mini golf courses found anywhere else. From man-eating dinosaurs and 40-foot tall lava-spewing volcanoes, to high seas adventures aboard pirate ships, the area’s mini golf courses offer a variety of options in ultra-thematic environments.

Some vacationers have even come to enjoy mini golf so much that they’ve taken up the activity as a competitive sport. Each year Myrtle Beach’s Hawaiian Village plays host to the Masters National ProMiniGolf Championship in October when a slew of top mini golfers compete for the green jacket of ProMiniGolf.

“People are very intrigued by mini golf; there is a clear connection between the sport and happy memories associated with it,” notes Detwiler. “More than 80 people participate in the Masters every year not only because it is competitive, but also because it’s simply enjoyable and amusing for all who play.”

For more information on the mini golf possibilities or to request a visitor's guide in Myrtle Beach, go to www.visitmyrtlebeach.com or call (888) Myrtle-1.

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