Nearly 50 minigolf courses, also known as "putt-putt" around here, are in full swing along the Grand Strand. It's practically a subculture of Myrtle Beach that will have you climbing through caverns, scaling volcanic mountains, crossing rapids, and dodging fire-breathing dragons to master the 18-hole minigreens. Beat the crowds by putt-putting in the morning or before the after-dinner rush.

Cancun Lagoon Mayan Adventure Golf. Putt over 27 holes inside or out of Cancun's massive 50-foot Mayan pyramid. During the winter, it's open weekends only. The same owners also have the Molten Mountain and Mutiny Bay courses in North Myrtle Beach—the $20 three-course pass is a steal. 2101 S. Kings Hwy., South Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29577. 843/444–1098; $10, all-day pass $15.

Dragon's Lair Fantasy Golf. Minigolf goes medieval as you maneuver through castle lookouts and caverns while dodging the 30-foot fire-breathing dragon that intermittently pops up from his lair. Broadway at the Beach, 1197 Celebrity Circle, Central Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29577. 843/913–9301; $10 before 6 pm, $11 after 6.

Hawaiian Rumble. Host of the U.S. ProMiniGolf Association's Masters Championship, this course takes minigolf to a whole new level, especially with its centerpiece: a 40-foot-tall, fire-erupting volcano mountain that "rumbles" the ground every 20 minutes. 3210 U.S. 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29582. 843/272–7812; $9 (age 5 and up).

Mt. Atlanticus. Indoor and outdoor greens race around a giant mountain, past waterfalls, and into lagoons of this tiki-themed 36-hole course. 707 N. Kings Hwy., Central Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29577. 843/444–1008; $10.

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