MYRTLE BEACH – The first new miniature golf course inside Myrtle Beach city limits in 13 years is set to open in 2023.
Red Dragon Cove Adventure Golf, an Asian-themed 36-hole course, replaces the former K&W Cafeteria that closed last year on South 20th Avenue.
The site is located one block from Cancun Lagoon Adventure Golf, one of more than 50 miniature golf courses along the Grand Strand. Most of these courses are within the city limits of Myrtle Beach.
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has a page dedicated to mini-golf courses categorized by theme – pirates, jungles, dinosaurs, and Hawaiian.
Industry veteran Bob Detwiler, president of the American ProMiniGolf Association based in North Myrtle Beach, said the Grand Strand is already “overbuilt” with miniature golf courses.
“It must be something special because the competition is so tough,” he said.
Detwiler said its Aloha Mini Golf location on Lake Arrowhead, the latest on the Strand to open outside of Myrtle Beach, features outdoor courses, an indoor course, a tiki bar, an arcade and a cage. hitter and “if you just have a flat course with 18 holes, you’re going to have a hard time doing it.
With elevation changes, elephant carvings and a ship-themed large hole, Red Dragon Cove will join the town’s newest course, Lost Mine Miniature Golf, which opened in 2009 across from the Anderson Ocean Club and Spa Resort on Ocean Boulevard near 26th Avenue. North to Myrtle Beach.
According to the owners of Red Dragon Cove, the old K&W building is due to be demolished next month and they hope to be open in early 2023 to accommodate spring breakers.
Costs to build a new miniature golf course could be between $200,000 and $2 million depending on land features and price, Detwiler said, but it’s an industry that continues to thrive locally.
The activity is popular enough that the Detwiler group hosts the annual Minigolf Masters on the Grand Strand which is held in October. More than 80 players from around the world are expected to compete this year for a prize of $25,000 and a green jacket.
“Miniature golf is very affordable and parents all remember playing when they were kids and now their kids,” he said. “That’s why we have so many repeat customers, because they remember how much fun it was when they were young. It’s popular because people aren’t going to the movies a lot with the pandemic.”