Myrtle Beach has TONS of Mini-Golf, so of course, I wanted to try them all. I love mini-golf and enjoy everything from the actual experience of the game, to the attractiveness of the course, the landscaping, etc.
Jurassic Golf, to me, was the lowest experience I had during my Myrtle Beach stay. I would have given it a "one-point" rating had it not been for the dinosaurs. Even upon walking in, we couldn't tell if it was open or closed. There was an older gentleman behind the counter reading a book, and was quite terse/rude when we asked about playing.
First off, let me point out that if you are just going for the couple (3) dinosaurs you see while driving past, don't even spend your money. Just park and take photos right out in front on Kings Highway. Those are the ONLY dinosaurs in the entirety of the two 18 hole courses, and are truthfully only accessible by going on the "ice age" course. In fact, along Kings Highway, you are just as close to them then you would be if you actually were playing. They are purely a tourist trap.
The dinosaurs you see look cool, but are in no way interactive with play. You just see them. The two that worked while I was there were the velociraptor and the delophasaurus (spitter from Jurassic Park movie). They were cool and looked realistically like they were pulled off the movie set. The T-Rex looked cool, but had his head hanging down. We were informed that the t-rex had been struck by lightning a year ago and hadn't been repaired. The last dinosaur that you don't even really see is a triceratops that is on a ledge. This one looks terrible and seems to be made out of cement, and has paint flaking off. Really grungy looking.
The course layout and challenge were kind of boring. Most are just straight shots on artificial putting greens. Nothing really interesting other than a jump and a bridge. The upkeep of the course was a joke as we had to putt around debris, leaves, and branches.
The landscaping was okay. It's Myrtle Beach, so how bad can it be?! Well, quite a few of their plants were dying somehow, a whole lot of weird rocked places covered up what I assumed was once some plant area that died. ALL the water on the entirety of the course was dirty. When I say dirty, I don't mean it had leaves, but that it was actually growing sludge in it. Most courses dye their water bluish, but theirs was certainly a slime green color.
Again, this was the "off-season", so maybe they don't care about the customers paying full price during this time of year.
Bringing me to my last point. Price. $9.00/person per course. With only two of us, that was $18 for a single course. There was no apparent deal on buying two games, just straight across the board $9 a game. This may seem to be okay in the sense that, "it is Myrtle Beach, after all"; however, right down the road are a number of other courses that are $5/game, and even if they were pricey for the first game, the second game you can usually get for $2.
We discovered after our game that Jurassic Golf's "owners" own 4 other mini golfs on the Kings Highway stretch and the Midway golf course. We looked into the others pretty skeptically, but decided not to even bother with the same pricing and disappointing play. You can easily look into which ones those are.
Overall, as the title states, there are PLENTY of mini-golf places you can go that are way better: pricing, play, and attractiveness. I won't post those on this review, as I am not soliciting, but you can check my other reviews, or just go anywhere else on your own and you'll see what I mean.
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