CAP'N CAIN GOLF
702 S Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
This course was originally built by Wilson Cain, who ran the Southside
Pharmacy next door to the course for many years, and was also a Myrtle Beach
City councilman for many years.
This is another very old, long-time miniature golf course- I remember it
being here as long as I've been coming to the beach. Apparently, they tried
to upgrade the course recently, due to intense competition from the recent
proliferation of very fancy and expensive courses, but it just didn't work out.
The tiki-looking posts, as well as the large tiki-head, look much newer than
many other parts. This course closed in 2006, and has been sitting unused ever
since, with much of the front section of the course, between the lake and the parking lot,
This course included 9 "practice holes" played before the "main" 18 holes, giving
27 holes for the price of 18. Afterwards, the scorecard could be used at the
ice cream parlor for a "buy 1, get one free" special. During the 2008 season,
the old ice cream building was a Philly Sub shop.
2006 Satellite Picture of original course layout
In 2012, the course was leased from Cain's wife and is being extensively renovated,
with opening expected in March 2012.
These pictures were taken on December 23rd, 2006.
Although the course is littered with branches and debris, the weeds have not taken over, in fact
it almost looks like someone has been attempting to maintain the grass, at least.
Hole #1 - this is the most damaged of any existing hole on the course, it looks
like it was either washed out, or possibly torn out to make room for parking places.
The cup is in the first lobe that veers off to the left.
Hole #2 - a tricky shot- too hard and it will come back down the hill.
Hole #3 - banks left and right into the final section with the cup.
Hole #4 - sinple dogleg left over the hill in the middle.
Hole #5 - Make it into the hole in the ramp and the chute will guide it
toward the end. Miss, and be stuck at the end of a very long second shot.
Hole #6 - Dogleg right going underneath a stream coming off of the mountain.
Hole #7 - On the side of the mountain, shoot into a left dogleg that goes
underneath a waterfall.
Hole #8 - Walk down the mountain for a ramp shot on this hole. Don't hit it too
Hole #9 - Steep shot going up onto the mountain, cup is to the left.
Hole #10 - Shot around the island, cup is in the rear. The banked sides
help a lot.
Hole #11 - Tricky shot, don't get stuck in that depression just before
the cup area.
Hole #12 - Shoot into the hole, which guides the ball down a steep hill
into a left reverse dogleg.
Hole #13 - Tricky humps in the middle.
Hole #14 - Long, straight hole, no tricks.
Hole #15 - Light shot down to the lower level.
The course abruptly ends after the 15th hole. The entire area forward of the mountain, the
lake and the boat/office, appears to have been scraped completely clean, with part of it paved
over and part of it left as grass. As it currently is, its impossible to tell where the final
3 holes were located.
According to the satellite picture,
the parking lot was once less than half its current size. Originally, this course
had a "practice" 9-holes on the front, extending the course out to roughly half
of the 1/2-block lot. In 2006, only a couple of the holes closest to the
clubhouse remained from this practice course: