Ready Player One? 5 Places to Get Your Competitive Fix in Myrtle Beach

You’ve got a choice for healthy competition on the Grand Strand.


There are places where you can keep score in Myrtle Beach. For friendly competition or something to get your blood pumping, bring your A-game. Bring your match or meet it at any of these cool places. 


But first …

Why do we love to compete?

Winning doesn’t motivate everyone, but it motivates some to great extents. It’s not always about the win; competition gives us a chance to hone skills and test them, too. To perform at our peak or overcome obstacles to find success.

5 ways you can compete on the Grand Strand

Various games at 810 Billiards & Bowling


With locations in Conway, Market Common, and North Myrtle, you can gun for strikes from all over. If the 14 bowling lanes aren’t enough, head to the back to play air hockey, throw darts, or grab a tabletop game. Also, try table tennis, skee ball, mini-golf, and more.


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Challenge your competitors with a triathlon. This one includes shuffleboard, cornhole, and basketball. The winner gets a shake from The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar!

Bowling Balls and Pins

Register for a Grand Strand race


The Myrtle Beach Marathon in March is a Boston Marathon qualifier. A little too soon for your training schedule? The Pier to Pier Beach Run, International Drive Road Race, and Black Dog’s Ultra Challenge are on tap this spring.


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After you conquer a spring race, register for a run this summer (Independence Day 5K). Then, fall (Don’t Fall Trail Classic), and winter (Festive Four Miler, which is at the end of fall.)

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Take the Ninja Challenge at Rockin’ Jump


For kids: Can you handle the 80-foot-long all-new course? Participants must race against time by using upper-body strength, balance, and coordination. Who will prevail as supreme champion?


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Have a go at the aerial silks or boulder balls for another challenge. Also, test your mettle on the fidget ladder, warped wall, or wipe out courses.

Kids Jumping in foam pit

Have a low-key fishing contest on a pier


The Myrtle Beach fishing scene is active, and you’ll see fishermen casting lines off the area’s piers. Staying true to catch limits and other regulations. Then, challenge your friends to a contest for quantity and size of catch out of the Atlantic. Croaker, perch, and whiting bite during winter months.


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See who can catch and release the most species of fish. Other common fish include speckled trout, stripers, and tarpon.

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Make a tournament of it with minigolf


The Grand Strand is famous for its golf profile, but did you know that it’s also a haven for putt-putt? Whether you take on your kids or your buddies, there’s no telling which way it’ll go. Be sure someone with good penmanship is taking care of the scorecard!


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Play among the dinosaurs at Jurassic Golf, a good place for kids of all ages to have fun. Beware the caves and tricky par 2s at Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf!

Hand holding fish on hook
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Best resort for your stay? No contest, it’s Ocean Reef

Check-in is a breeze, and the rest of your stay is easy at Ocean Reef Resort. Enjoy a nice room with a spacious balcony to relax after a long day of competition! Peruse room layouts and pick travel days to make reservations for your escape today.

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