Flights will take a different meaning next week as 3,100 men and women send dimpled, white balls airborne during the 29th annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, based in Myrtle Beach.
From everyone in six competitive divisions shooting 72 holes each starting Monday at any of 59 courses across the Grand Strand, including Georgetown, Conway, Loris and Calabash, N.C., the top finalists will advance to the championship round on Aug. 31.
Besides the golfers hitting the greens, their families and friends – as well as anyone visiting or living in the area, and golfers themselves – might enjoy a bevy of things to do in the week, in the lead-up to Labor Day weekend.
Choices include miniature golfing on about 30 courses from Calabash to Murrells Inlet; shopping at Tanger Outlets on U.S. 501 and U.S. 17, west and north of Myrtle Beach, respectively, as well as at The Market Common and Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, and three malls along U.S. 17 – Coastal Grand in Myrtle Beach, Inlet Square in Murrells Inlet, and Myrtle Beach near Briarcliffe Acres; and various sites to appreciate art and history and savor a show.
Browse the ensuing list for a sampling of options, with listings of events, through next Friday, Aug. 31. Admission applies at most sites:
HOUSE OF BLUES, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. Various shows daily such as Steve Vai at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Matisyahu 8:30 p.m. Saturday. 272-3000 or www.hob.com/myrtlebeach.
“SURFSIDE BEACH SUNDAY SERENADES”, 2-5 p.m. Sundays, four 45-minute performances 2-5 p.m. Sundays in town of Surfside Beach’s Veterans Memorial park, at Surfside and Willow drives, next with Lola, Vern Cygan, Big Bam Boom, and Jaynie Trudell. Free. 450-7281.
BAREFOOT PRINCESS RIVERBOAT, various cruises at various times and days, sailing from Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach: sightseeing 12:30 p.m. Aug. 30; dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; and sunset cruises at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31. 272-2140, 800-685-6601 or www.mbriverboat.com.
CAPT. JIM’S “RIVER MEMORIES” TOURS, on an electric yacht, 90-minute cruises from Conway Marina, 10 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. $15 ages 13 and older, $10 ages 3-12. 246-1495 or www.rivermemories.org.
CAP’N ROD’S LOWCOUNTRY PLANTATION RIVER, SHELL ISLAND, AND CAROLINA SWAMP TROMP TOURS, the latter a pontoon up the Pee Dee River from Front Street harborwalk in downtown Georgetown. 477-0287 or www.lowcountrytours.com.
CAROLINA SAFARI JEEP TOURS, 3 1/2-hour tours across the Grand Strand, including Pawleys and Magnolia islands, along the Waccamaw River, wildlife viewing, a salt marsh and Gullah heritage. 497-5330, 272-1177 or www.carolinasafari.com.
THE CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY, 4872 Seewee Road, Awendaw, 35 miles south of Georgetown, east of U.S. 17, first left south of the Sewee Outpost. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, with guided tours 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and flight demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. 971-7474 or www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org.
“COASTAL KAYAKING”, guided tours of a salt marsh just north of Huntington Beach State Park, near Murrells Inlet, 10 a.m.-noon Mondays through October. Reservations due at 235-8755 by 4 p.m. the previous Sunday. www.southcarolinaparks.com.
FREEWOODS FARM, on Freewoods Road, off Bay Road from S.C. 707 in the Burgess community. Activities include learning how to grow and cook fresh vegetables, along with demonstrations, farmers market and a farm tour. 650-9139 or www.freewoodsfarm.com.
GHOST WALKS, from Georgetown; call for times and days:
HELICOPTER TOURS:www.executiveheli.com www.huffmanhelicopters.com
PIRATE ADVENTURES for children, on the Sea Gypsy from Crazy Sister Marina, 4123 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Call for times, which are predicated by demand. 651-3676 or www.myrtlebeachpirates.com.
SWAMP FOX TOURS, across historic Georgetown, from 624 Front St. Hourly 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 527-1112 or www.swampfoxtours.com.
WACCAMAW COOTER AIRBOAT TOURS, 45-to-60-minute rides from Wacca Wache Marina, 1950 Wachesaw Road, Murrells Inlet, along the Waccamaw River, west of U.S. 17, between Waccamaw Community Hospital and Brookgreen Gardens; schedule depends on tides and weather, with a minimum four riders and maximum six; call for times. 651-2994 or www.plantationrivertours.com.
ALABAMA THEATRE, at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. “One the New Show” at 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and “The Ricky Moke Comedy Special” starring Grant Turner at 7 p.m. Saturday. Details at 272-1111, 800-342-2262 or www.alabama-theatre.com.
CALVIN GILMORE THEATRE, at U.S. 17 Business and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach. “The Carolina Opry” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; “Good Vibrations!” 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and “Light” daily. 913-4000, 800-843-6779 or www.thecarolinaopry.com.
THE GRAND THEATRE, 301 U.S. 17 Business S., Surfside Beach, just south of Surfside Drive/Glenns Bay Road. All at 7 p.m.: “Aloha Y’all” Wednesdays and Fridays, “Grand Illusions” with Brandon Wagster Saturday, and “The Marvelous Wonderettes” Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sunday. 808-9188, 800-252-5642, www.thegrandtheatre.us.
LEGENDS IN CONCERT, on U.S. 17 Bypass, off 29th Avenue North at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, with tribute artists to Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Britney Spears, Steven Tyler and Stevie Wonder. 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 238-7827, 800-960-7469 or www.legendsinconcert.com.
MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT, off U.S. 501 and George Bishop Parkway, just west of Myrtle Beach. 6 p.m. daily. 236-8080, 800-436-4386 or www.medievaltimes.com.
THE PALACE THEATRE, at U.S. 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue North at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. “Le Grand Cirque: Adrenaline” 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, and 10 a.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Thursdays; and “Rock Around the Clock” 5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 448-0588, 888-841-2787 or www.palacemb.com.
“PIRATES VOYAGE FUN, FEAST & ADVENTURE”, 8901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, next to Carolina Opry. 6 p.m. daily. 497-9700, 800-433-4401 or www.piratesvoyage.com.
THEATRE OF THE REPUBLIC, at Main Street Theatre, 337 Main. St., Conway. “Damn Yankees” 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. 488-0821 or www.theatreoftherepublic.com.
CAROLINA IMPROV COMPANY, based at Uptown Theater in Myrtle Beach mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres. “Whose Beach Is It Anyway?” 8 p.m. Saturday, and for ages 18 and older: “Whose Night Out Is It Anyway?” 8 p.m. Fridays, and “50 Shades of Improv” 9 p.m. Friday. 272-4242, www.carolinaimprov.com or www.uptownmb.com.
COMEDY CABANA, 9588 N. Kings Highway, just north of Myrtle Beach. Michael Mack and the Faces of Rock nightly through Sunday, Manny Oliveira Monday-Wednesday, and Josh Blue Aug. 30-Sept. 2. 449-4242 or comedycabana.com.
“BODIES REVEALED”, by Premier Exhibitions, on northeast side of Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, at 29th Avenue North and Grissom Parkway. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 626-4488 or www.bodiesmyrtlebeach.com.
CHERYL NEWBY GALLERY, 11096 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, in The Shops at Oak Lea. “Quita Brodhead – A Century of Color” Opens Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 979-0149, 800-435-2733 or www.cherylnewbygallery.com.
COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, in Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, in Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, in Conway, “Leah Woods: Structures” furniture design. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, final day. Free. 349-6454 or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery.
FRANKLIN G. BURROUGHS-SIMEON B. CHAPIN ART MUSEUM, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. “At First Light: The Katagami Sculpture of Jennifer Falck Linssen,” “Kimono: Art, Fashion and Society” and “Andrea Baldeck: Sea Treasures” black and white photos. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free. Also, art-theme, nine-hole miniature golf course; $3 nine holes or $5 for 18. 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.
FRESH BREWED COFFEE HOUSE, 933 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach. August featured artist: Rachel Jones. 3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 251-8282 or www.freshbrewedcoffeehouse.com.
LIMPIN’ JANE’S OLD SOUTH EATERY & TAPROOM, 713 Front St., Georgetown. Witzel Art Reception 7-9 p.m. Saturday, showcasing recycled art by John Walters. 465-0590.
SILVER COAST WINERY, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., exhibit by James Davis, “The Myxolydian Artist.” 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Free. 910-287-2800 or www.silvercoastwinery.com.
BROOKGREEN GARDENS, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach. National Sculpture Society 79th annual Awards Exhibition; and “Whispering Wings” butterfly house, extra $3 ages 13 and older, $2 ages 4-12. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 2501 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, with exhibit “Turtle Travels.” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 946-9469 or www.cmsckids.org.
GEORGETOWN COUNTY MUSEUM, 632 Prince St., Georgetown. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 545-7020 or www.georgetowncountymuseum.com.
HOBCAW BARONY, on U.S. 17 just north of Georgetown. Various nature programs and tours, such as barony tours at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays by reservation only. 546-4623, www.hobcawbarony.org or www.northinlet.sc.edu.
HORRY COUNTY MUSEUM, 438 Main St., Conway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; free. Also, L.W. PAUL LIVING HISTORY FARM, 2279 Harris Shortcut Road, off U.S. 701, north of Conway, open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; free. 915-5320, 365-3596 or horrycountymuseum.org.
KAMINSKI HOUSE MUSEUM, 1003 Front St., Georgetown. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, with guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 546-7706 or www.kaminskihousemuseum.org.
MUSEUM OF COASTAL CAROLINA, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m-1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Special programs at 3:30 p.m.: “Family Scavenger Hunt” on Mondays, “Ocean Reef Explorer” Tuesdays, “Who Are You Swimming With?” Wednesdays. “Megabites! All About Sharks” Thursdays, and “Touch Tank Feeding/Sea Shell ID” Fridays; and at 7 p.m.: “Sea Turtles and You!” Mondays, “Pirates Ahoy!” Wednesdays and “Snakes Alive!” Thursdays. 910-579-1016 or www.museumplanetarium.org.
INGRAM PLANETARIUM, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach. Open 11 a.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free programs at noon: “Navigating the Seas” Tuesdays, “Sea Turtle Talk” Wednesdays, “Fun in the Sun” Thursdays, and “What’s Up?” Fridays. Sky Theater shows daily: “Legends of the Night Sky” at 11 a.m., “Dynamic Earth” at 1 and 3 p.m., “Tales of the Maya Skies” at 2 p.m., and “Oasis in Space” at 4 p.m. Rock-music laser shows at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. 910-575-0033, or visit www.museumplanetarium.org.
MYRTLE BEACH HISTORIC COLORED SCHOOL MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER, 900 Dunbar St., Myrtle Beach, just north of Mr. Joe White Avenue and west of Oak Street, 1-4 p.m. Thursdays. 918-1050.
THE RICE MUSEUM, 633 Front St., Georgetown. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Also: 25th annual Winyah Arts Association Multimedia Show in Prevost Gallery, for free. 546-7423 or www.ricemuseum.org.
S.C. CIVIL WAR MUSEUM, in the Myrtle Beach Indoor Shooting Range, 4857 U.S. 17 Bypass S., between Farrow Parkway and S.C. 544, south of Myrtle Beach, east of Socastee. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 293-4344 or www.mbisr.com.
S.C. MARITIME MUSEUM, 729 Front St., Georgetown, with “Lumber Schooners” exhibit. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Free. 520-0111 or www.scmaritimemuseum.org.
WHEELS OF YESTERYEAR, 413 Hospitality Lane, near Carolina Forest, off U.S. 501 near Tanger Outlets. Open 10 a.m. daily. 903-4774 or www.wheelsofyesteryearmb.com.
ALLIGATOR ADVENTURE, at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. 361-0789 or www.alligatoradventure.com.
N.C. AQUARIUM AT FORT FISHER
RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM, at Broadway at the Beach, off 29th Avenue North, between U.S. 17 Bypass and Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach. Open 9 a.m. daily. 916-0888, 800-734-8888 or www.ripleysaquarium.com.
TIGERS (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species), at Myrtle Beach Safari, west of Myrtle Beach, for ages 6 and older, by reservation only. 361-4552 or www.myrtlebeachsafari.com, and www.rarespeciesfund.org. Also, visit TIGERS Preservation Station, at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. www.myrtlebeachsafari.com/preservationstation/?bw=low.
WACCATEE ZOO, 8500 Enterprise Road, Socastee, west off S.C. 707, just west of S.C. 544. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 650-8500 or www.waccateezoo.com. Also, pontoon tours of the Waccamaw River and swamps cruises available from zoo; call 650-7477.
S.C. STATE PARKS (Open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; details at www.southcarolinaparks.com)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens. Nature Center open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, with “Feeding Frenzy” 11 a.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Other special programs, some with small fees (call 235-8755): Atalaya tours 2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays and noon Saturdays, with “Folklore at Atalaya” 8:30 p.m. Fridays; “Alligators” 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 6 p.m. Fridays; “Salt Marsh Seining” noon Tuesdays; “Spineless Wonders” 4 p.m. Tuesdays; “Coastal Birding” 10 a.m. Wednesdays; “Crabbing” noon Wednesdays and Fridays; “Surf Seining” noon Thursdays; “Secrets of the Salt Marsh 4 p.m. Thursdays; “Birding” 10 a.m. Fridays; “Sea Turtles” 4 p.m. Fridays; “Fish Printing” 10 a.m. Saturdays; and “Snakes & Reptiles” 4 p.m. Saturdays. 237-4440.
MYRTLE BEACH, on U.S. 17 Business, one mile south of Farrow Parkway/South Ocean Boulevard, across from Seagate Village. Nature center open 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Special programs, some with small fees (call 238-0874): “A Crabby Experience” 9:30 a.m. Tuesday; “Tracks Among Us!” at 10 a.m. Wednesday and “Calls of the Wild” 3 p.m. Wednesday; “Tales from the Sea” 1 p.m. Thursdays; “Seine-Sational Fun!” 9:30 a.m. Fridays and “Reptile Rap!” 1 p.m. Friday; and “Feeding Time” and “Creature Feature” at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday. 238-5325.
FAMILY KINGDOM AMUSEMENT PARK, 300 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Open 4 p.m. daily through Saturday, then open 6 p.m. daily. Free admission. Also: zipline along Ocean Boulevard available for extra charge. 626-3447 or www.familykingdomfun.com.
MYRTLE BEACH SKYWHEEL, 1110 N. Ocean Blvd., adjacent to Myrtle Beach’s Plyler Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue. 11 a.m.-midnight. 839-9200 or www.skywheelusa.com.
MYRTLE BEACH THRILL RIDES, open noon daily; details at www.myrtlebeachthrillrides.com:
MYRTLE BEACH ZIPLINE ADVENTURES’ ADRENALINE ADVENTURES, 321 Ninth Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, between Kings Highway and Ocean Boulevard, at the former Pavilion site. Open 10 a.m. daily. 839-9477 or www.mbziplines.com.
NASCAR SPEEDPARK, 820 21st Ave. N. Extension, Myrtle Beach. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. 918-8725 or www.nascarspeedpark.com/sc.aspx.
O.D. PAVILION AND AMUSEMENT PARK, 90 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, at the Horseshoe. 4-11 p.m. Free admission. 238-3787 or www.odpavilion.com.
PAVILION NOSTALGIA PARK, at Broadway at the Beach, on Grissom Parkway, between 21st and 29 avenues North in Myrtle Beach. Noon-11 p.m. daily. Free admission. 918-8725 or www.pavilionnostalgiapark.com.
SLICK TRACK FAMILY FUN PARK, 108 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach, across from the Garden City Pavilion Arcade. Free admission. No phone number or Web site available.
SOAR + EXPLORE ADVENTURE AND ROPES CHALLENGE COURSE, at Broadway at the Beach, near U.S. 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Open noon daily. 448-7627 or www.soarandexplore.com.
BACKSTAGE MIRROR MAZE, at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, in northwest corner, off U.S. 17 Bypass. Open 10 a.m. daily. 712-1794 or www.backstagemirrormaze.com.
MAGIQUEST, at Broadway at the Beach, on Grissom Parkway. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 916-1800 or magiquest.com/MQLocations/Myrtle-Beach-SC.html.
LOST TREASURE MIRROR MAZE, 223 Sea Mountain Highway (S.C. 9), North Myrtle Beach, in Cherry Grove section, just west of Ocean Boulevard, between Nixon and Spring streets. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 663-5665 or www.mirrormaze.us.
WONDERWORKS science museum, at Broadway at the Beach, at U.S. 17 Bypass, off 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Open 9 a.m. daily. 626-9962 or www.wonderworksonline.com/myrtle-beach
RIPLEY’S MYRTLE BEACH ATTRACTIONS, 901-915 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Most open 10 a.m. daily; details at 448-2331 or www.ripleys.com/myrtlebeach:
MYRTLE WAVES WATER PARK, at U.S. 17 Bypass and 10th Avenue North Extension. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Sunday. 913-9260 or www.myrtlewaves.com.
FAMILY KINGDOM, across from Family Kingdom Amusement Park, 300 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 916-0400 or www.familykingdomfun.com.
WILD WATER & WHEELS, 910 U.S. Business S., Surfside Beach. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Friday and Wednesday-Aug. 31, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; and amusements 1-5 p.m. on those days. 238-3787 or www.wild-water.com.