MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. | We’re not going to make you beg for answer to the above question.
Yes, you absolutely should make a trip or two to TopGolf’s Myrtle Beach location during your trek here. But, if we’re being completely honest, it’s probably not for the reasons you may think.
You see, those who are disappointed in the experience feel that way because they got something completely void of their expectations. And we’ll cut to the chase: If you’re a hard-core golfer looking to work on your game, this isn’t the place for you. You should probably just go buy a couple buckets of balls at your local range and stay true to your thoughts.
Now, with that out of the way, here’s how you can really prepare yourself for what has become an entertaining way to enjoy golf without worrying about your swing.
NUTS AND BOLTS
TopGolf isn’t a range. You’ll swing a few clubs and hit a bunch of balls, sure, but this is more video game than real-life golf. Whether you’re in one of the third-floor hitting bays (highly recommended, for the view) or you’re on the ground level, the goal here is to connect as many of your shots with the oversized “greens”, electronic targets that track your distance and accuracy.
The balls are equipped with computer chips that allow this to happen, with all of its popping up on a display screen moments after you make contact.
You are welcome to bring your own clubs, but the provided ones in each bay are perfectly fine. Since you’re going to be hitting a ball that can come across as slightly more dense, thanks to those electronic insides, you’re not going to lose the effect by leaving your own clubs in the trunk.
FOOD AND DRINK
“Honey, want to go grab a bite to eat?”
Fully descriptive and with options for any palette, the TopGolf food menu spans light appetizers to full-on sit-down quality meals. If you’re just stopping by to hit a few balls on a whim or if this was planned two weeks prior while you knew the kids were distracted and you and your better half could sneak away, you’ve got choices galore.
Want to tie one on (get an Uber, please)? You can do that here, too. Bartenders were hired away from some of Myrtle Beach’s other successful bars so that the execution of serving up cocktails is much more involved than popping open a beer bottle. The extravagant works at TopGolf without the shame.
The rules are lax on the course, right?
AND, IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH
TopGolf’s real claim as an entertainment monster – the Myrtle Beach location was the company’s 53rd and several more have since opened since that 2019 unveiling – is that it’s a multi-faceted outing that brings it all together.
Competition, food, drinks and plenty of ancillary entertainment combine under one roof.
It doesn’t matter if it’s all done under the guise of golf. We can accept that if you can. The bigger factor with this idea is that you can watch a game, grab food and let those competitive juices flow.
All you have to do is show up and let ‘er rip.