Showing posts with label Recreation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recreation. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Professor Hackers MAYDAY Golf Review, Mini-golf North Myrtle Beach

From the highway you cannot miss the giant yellow plane, nor the emergency-orange helicopter hovering over the course. It is the one and only Mayday Golf! Professor Hackers' Mayday is located in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and it is one of the most iconic courses located on the strip. 

The course is well lit and exhibits a wide variety of decoration that creates an enjoyable experience for kids and adults. The owners and staff have done a great job of keeping up the course but you can tell that Mayday is an older golf course. Some of the greens at Mayday are starting to show signs of aging and there were several loose bricks which creates boundaries for each green. Also, most mini-golf courses display the hole number and par for each hole. A few of the holes on Mayday's Rescue-Falls course were missing. My family and I improvised and scored the unspecified holes as par two.

As far as difficulty, both courses at Mayday were fairly easy. It may also be due to the age of the course but many of the holes were on the short side. We first played Rescue Falls, the one with the large orange rescue helicopter towering above. If I remember correctly, I scored par on every hole. Not to brag, but I am fairly certain that I scored an eagle on a couple of the holes. After playing Rescue Falls, we were pushed for time and ready for dinner.  Therefore, we decided to play Mayday Mountain as a scramble (best ball) and we easily pared all 18 holes on this course as well. 

It may sound like I was not entirely happy with the Mayday Golf experience, but that is not true. My family and I were very happy with the overall experience and we were glad we chose to play this iconic North Myrtle Beach golf course. We had an enjoyable evening and we took full advantage of the many opportunities for a family photo. Click below to read the full review of Professor Hackers, The Lost Treasure!

Full review of Professor Hackers, The Lost Treasure  

Mayday is a great mini-golf course, but when compared to another of Professor Hackers North Myrtle beach courses, Mayday comes up short. 


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Coconut Creek Mini Golf, Panama City Beach, Florida

After we worked our way through the Gran Maze at the Coconut Creek Family Fun Park, we made our way over to the first miniature golf course. This has to be one of the top-rated miniature golf courses in Panama City Beach Florida. The course is very well maintained, vibrantly lit, and it is nicely decorated with a wildlife theme throughout. As you explore this unique putt-putt course you will be surrounded by a wide variety of interesting jungle scenery. You will see large sculptures of elephants, giraffes, alligators, and zebras to name a few. If that is not enough, there is a huge waterfall, a pond, and a couple of rope bridges. When you visit Coconut Creek be sure to have your cell phone or camera fully charged. There are plenty of photo opportunities for the family and one-of-a-kind backgrounds for Facebook selfies.

Many of the holes on the course are really short. It seemed that the shorter holes were designed to be slightly more difficult and featured various inclines which I always struggle with. That said, this course is not what I would consider hard and should be manageable for most kids. My son, who was 7 at the time, did not have any problems playing the course and I feel that he had a lot of fun.

The staff seemed to be very nice and helpful as well, we are the family that can never seem to find the first hole. As far as the prices at Coconut Creek, thy seem to be in line with most other touristy miniature golf courses. If you plan to enjoy the Gran Maze as well as one or both putt-putt courses, be sure to ask about the unlimited play pass. When we visited, the unlimited-play pass was just $24 per person, and I believe kids five and under played free. This is a great deal for a night of family fun and the pass also allowed for free play the following day before 5pm.


Overall, this was a very family oriented Panama City Beach mini-golf course. The course provided some challenges for the adults and still remained fun for the kids. Between courses, you may even want to try weaving your way through the Gran Maze at Coconut Creek.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Gran Maze of Coconut Creek, Panama City Beach, Florida


The Gran Maze of Coconut Creek was the first maze adventure for our family. I originally had low expectations of the maze, walking through a maze was not my idea of a fun time. As it turns out, I was wrong, my family and I had a lot of fun. That said, the entertainment value was on par with my original expectations. I know that it may sound like an oxymoron to say that something is fun but not entertaining, but this is the case with the Gran Maze. I think this could be improved by adding some themed d├ęcor throughout the maze. If nothing else, it would be an opportunity to stop for a selfie or a family photo.
 

The object of the maze is to find your way to four points located in the center. All four points are connected to form one football-field-sized maze. Once at each point, you punch your card to show that you have completed the maze. My family of three, who depends deeply on Google maps for navigation, finished in around 30 minutes. The leader board that is located just outside the maze, displayed times as low as 15 minutes. Honestly, it is hard to believe that the course could be completed in 15 minutes without being extremely lucky or by cheating.

The maze at coconut creek provided a fun way to stretch our legs and to log a few steps in our Fitbit’s. Our first maze was a learning experience. I am sure we will seek out this type of adventure more often going forward. With a little practice, we may even shave a few minutes off our time.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Harbor View Golf, North Myrtle Beach

Whether you are looking for a driving range, a par-3 golf course, foot-golf, or putt-putt, you will find it all at Harbor View Golf, in North Myrtle Beach.

I played this Par-3 course with my wife, who had never played, and my 7-year-old son. We visited during the off-season and it rained most of the week. This left the entire course soaked and the greens extra shaggy. I assume that the greens would be in better condition during prime season. That said, on this occasion the slow greens were a plus. They were just right for my wife and son to enjoy.

This tee shot landed hard on the green, it was a very wet day.

Many of the greens are on the small side. Since we were scrambling, we were able to hit many of the greens in regulation. In the unfortunate event that we did not, we allowed my son to use his foot-wedge. We were out there to have fun, not to beat ourselves up over missing a green by two feet.

Many of the fairways at Harbor View are wide open,
a great golf course for the family.

I have seen other reviews of Harbor View that say it is overpriced. I disagree, 18 holes of golf and a golf cart cost the three of us $80. I felt that this course offered a lot of value at this price.

If you are looking for a pristine par-three course, Harbor View may not be for you. However, high-end golf courses do not usually offer foot-golf for the kids. This Par-3 golf course is great for a day trip with your family or an easy day of working on your short game.



     

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Little River Deep-sea Fishing, North Myrtle Beach, Best Deep-sea Fishing


Unforgettable Experience!


We showed up at Calabash Marina on the morning of our deep-sea fishing trip. They asked that we arrive 30 minutes early so breakfast came from a drive-thru on that morning. The check-in process was flawless and it only took a few minutes to get us checked in. Once checked in, we boarded the Hurricane II where we were greeted by one of the crew members. He recognized that we had a young fisherman with us so he offered us a spot in his section of the boat. He assured us that he would help my son out as needed, which was nice because I was trying to figure things out for myself. Since this was our first deep-sea fishing excursion, we opted for the half-day trip. The captain did a great job, he kept us on fish all morning and we moved to a new location each time it slowed down.

Calabash Marina, NC
Coastal Morning View

The deckhands were knowledgeable, they were able to identify many of the different fish species that were caught. They were quick to assist with removing fish, adding bait, and fixing tangles as needed. On top of all this they were fun to hang out with, and they really made this a memorable. 

My wife ended up catching the largest fish of the morning; she managed to reel in a Sharp Nose shark that was just under 4ft in length. When we returned to the dock one of the deckhands cleaned our keepers. They do not charge for this service, but keep in mind that they do accept tips. We gave some of our fish away to other passengers and we still ended up with plenty of fish for lunch. When all was said and done, we able to take a couple of pounds of shark and Grunt fish over to Crabcatchers restaurant, in Little River, NC. I can't say that I had ever had shark, it was very good, but I enjoyed the Grunt more.

Sharp-nose Shark

Everything about Little River Fishing Fleet is top-notch. They provided my family with a unique deep-sea fishing experience that we will never forget. If you have never been deep-sea fishing, I highly recommend going. If you are in North Myrtle, I highly recommend Little River Fishing fleet.


I have compiled a list of things that I learned from my first deep-sea fishing excursion. Take a minute to read Deep-sea Fishing Tips for Beginners.




 

Friday, October 9, 2020

The Lost Treasure Mini Golf - North Myrtle Beach, SC

Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure mini-golf is one of the best mini-golf courses that my family has ever played. The entire 36-hole course is well designed and very well maintained. Each round begins with a short but enjoyable train ride to the top of the mountain where you will begin your journey. Many of the holes have a themed storylines revolving around the adventures of the incredible Professor Hacker. 

Professor Hackers - Dinosaur
Professor Hacker's Mini Golf starts with an adventurous train ride
to the top of the mountain where you will begin your journey

This adventurous putt-putt course is very kid-friendly. My seven-year-old son enjoyed this mini-golf course so much that we played both the diamond and the gold course, for a total of 36 holes. Do not mistake “kid-friendly” to mean “easy”, each green on this course presents some interesting challenges for the adults as well.

Professor Hackers Lost Treasure
Professor Hacker's adventures begin at the top of the mountain
and then continues through mysterious caves.

If you do decide to give Professors Hacker's Lost Treasure Mini Golf a shot, be sure to take advantage of the discounted second round. At the time of our visit, the second round only cost six bucks per person. I greatly recommend The Lost Treasure and I can't wait to experience other Professor Hacker mini-golf adventures.