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Shark Attack Adventure Golf is the newest ocean front attraction in the heart of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The two 18-hole miniature golf courses take you a winding path through an old historic hotel framework and end up at a small pond featuring a fisherman in a boat…and a gigantic shark! It is the only ocean front miniature golf attraction in Myrtle Beach, but it is more than just a place to putter around a ball. Keep reading to find out more about this amazing attraction and all they have to come.
The Shark Attack Adventure Golf (700 N Ocean Blvd, 843-839-0276, www.facebook.com/SharkAttackAdventureGolf, $9) opened just in time for the 2013 tourist season. But this place is more than just adventure golf: it is also a unique dining experience (more on that after Memorial Day) with an unmatched view of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and beach. Situated just one block south of the old Pavilion Amusement Park, Shark Attack is in the perfect place for summer tourism traffic from nearby resort hotels and visitors to the Boardwalk.
The entertaining putt-putt establishment may be new, but the site is home to some old history in the Myrtle Beach area. The Chesterfield Inn and Motor Lodge consisted of two buildings constructed in 1946 and 1965. In 1996, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. By 2004, Karen Mitchell owned the Chesterfield Inn and a few years later announced her intentions to build a miniature golf establishment. On August 22, 2012, the historic Chesterfield Inn was partially demolished to make way for the new Shark Attack.
But this is where the history and architecture of the Shark Attack get interesting. Instead of leveling the old building to the ground and starting from scratch, Karen Mitchell opted to keep a significant portion of the old hotel intact and repurpose it for the mini-golf. Visitors have two courses to play when they visit: one winds through the basement of the old Chesterfield Inn before climbing several stairs to stand on the second story roof with a view of the ocean, while the second course winds through the first floor of the old building and wraps around the pond on the Ocean Blvd. side. As you walk through either course you end up walking into what was, at one point in time, a bedroom at the Chesterfield. Visitors walk through a doorway in one wall, putt the ball down the 15′ course to the other end of the room, and then exit through another doorway into yet another old bedroom. It is an interesting way to keep a part of the history while still entertaining guests.
While there, I put the camera gear aside and enjoyed a nice 18 holes along the first floor course. This was the course that winds through bedroom after bedroom until it comes out the far end of the old building next to the pond. The course itself is not all that challenging, unless you consider the fact the outdoor carpet was so new that a solid whack on the golf ball barely made it roll five feet before it came to a halt. There were lots of curves and twists, a few ledges and platforms to climb here and there, but mostly it is just an easy course made for the spectacular views rather than the challenge of keeping up with par.
But whichever course you decide to play (or maybe you’re curious and want to try both) you will end up at the pond located on the Ocean Drive side. Take your time as you walk around this small pond and get ready for the show that gives this attraction its name. About every 15 minutes a shark fin suddenly appears in the waters of the pond, intimidating the faux fisherman sitting in a boat. After a few minutes, a giant great white shark will leap from the water to try to get a tasty little snack. It’s an entertaining show and a great way to finish out the last few holes of your oceanfront miniature golf experience!
Check back again later for an additional story on the soon-to-open Hammerhead Grill featuring a top chef from Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina. The chef is just graduating and moving to Myrtle Beach to bring a completely unique set of dishes to the small eatery portion of the Shark Attack Adventure Golf. You’re sure to find fresh lobster, gourmet burgers, and loads of meals made from scratch every single day. Shark Attack is sure to be the next great ocean front activity, solidly anchoring a stretch of the Boardwalk all the way down to the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach.
You can view more photos of the Shark Attack Adventure Golf on my photography website here – http://jasonbarnette.photoshelter.com/gallery/Myrtle-Beach/G0000dyMhQyBZKxI/C0000rlAXEesCLQI
About Jason Barnette
Jason Barnette is an internationally published travel photographer based in Abingdon, Virginia. From here, Jason explores the Southeastern United States shooting photos of the travel industry, tourism, and beautiful landscapes. His photos focus on telling the story of a destination from beginning to end throughout all four seasons, highlighting landscapes, people, food, lodging, and entertainment. Through this blog, Jason publishes his best photos from specific assignments, travel destinations, parks, and projects.