Special Issues » Summer Guide 2008


Disc golf, bowling, paintball, roller & ice skating, and mini golf


Dreadie Golf
Real birdies, minus the caddies and carts

Park Circle Disc Golf Course
North Charleston
(843) 559-2520

Trophy Lakes Disc Golf
Johns Island
(843) 793.4470

Tidal Creek at Ashley Park
West Ashley
(843) 819-6126

Frisbee, excuse us, "disc" golf beats the five-iron variety like Ike did Tina.

First, it's cheap. A really fancy course might charge you five bucks, but that's mouse nuts next to Kiawah's $350 green fees. Hell, even the city's municipal course will run you around $20, even if you walk.

Second, you don't need a cart. Head to the right course, and it's more like a stroll in the woods than a ride down a well-manicured lawn.

Third, and most importantly, it's the right thing to do. Golf courses are notorious for slugging water by the liquid ton (we're in a drought, by the way), and they're typically sprayed with a grab bag of insect, fungus, and weed killers to keep your precious little ball sitting pretty, awaiting your next three-inch divot. And did you think the grass on the greens was really that color? When it rains, all that loveliness gets washed away into a Lowcountry salt marsh or wetland.

Fortunately, none of that's the case with disc golf. Hippies love the shit. Generally, there's a bench around hole 7 or a good climbing tree at hole 13 that's just perfect for taking the prerequisite smoke break. It's frisbee, after all, you square. Never mind that on your next tee off, you inevitably sling your $10 disc 200 feet into the woods. Or better yet, 20 feet deep in a lake.

That's why you play with friends. Recruit them to dig through the woods for your disc with you, and promise you'll skip the sweet camo and buy a bright pink one next time. Or, if you're playing at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island, either bring an extra or leave and come back in two weeks. Chances are, one of their scuba training classes will have found your saucer, and they'll sell it back to you for five bucks at the shop. Even with collateral damage, it's still far cheaper than a set of clubs and a pair of fancy pants. —Herb Huffington

What would "The Jesus" do? A short list of area bowling alleys

AMF Charleston Lanes
1963 Savannah Hwy.
West Ashley
(843) 766-0241

Ashley Lanes
1568 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
West Ashley
(843) 571-3230

Marrington Lanes
Building 784, Fletcher St.
Goose Creek
(843) 764-7235

Sand Piper Lanes
3291 Ashley Phosphate Rd.
North Charleston
(843) 522-8530

Twin River Lanes
613 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
Mt Pleasant
(843) 884-7735

No Pain, No Gain
Playing paintball hurts so good

Charleston Paintball
7100 Cross Country Road
N. Charleston
(843) 552-1115

In the land of paintball, bruises and welts are the signs of a good time. The more black and blue you are, the more fun you had — all you bad boys and girls who frequent S&M clubs know exactly what we're talking about.

For those of you not in the know, the object of the game is to eliminate opponents by shooting them with small paint-filled gelatin balls fired from a compressed air gun. (Don't be an asshole and freeze those pellets either. Do that and you'll come back in the next life as the parasite that lives on the underside of Karl Rove, who will come back as a marsh rat with mange.)

While there are several paintball fields around the state, there's only one near the Holy City, Paintball Charleston in North Charleston. At the 56.5 acre Paintball Charleston, there are over a dozen playable fields and a retail store that sells a plethora of gear, including guns. Currently, Paintball Charleston is open on Saturdays and Sundays but will be open during the week in the near future. They occasionally host tournaments, but usually owners and employees just like to kick back and shoot around with local people that come by to play. —Caitlin Baker

Firepower to the People: A point-and-shoot list of paintball fields around the state

Beaufort Fun Park
591 Robert Smalls Pkwy.
(843) 524-2267

Firelake Paintball 'n' Catfish
1897 Cheddar Road
(864) 847-4200

Paintball Fury
912 Hwy. 501 Suite E&F
Myrtle Beach
(843) 448-0700

Paintball USA
6602 Hwy. 707
Myrtle Beach
(843) 650-1540

Pee Dee Paintball
1029 Weaver Road
(843) 346-2622

429 Koon Store Road
(803) 786-4539

Warzone Paintball
3462 S. Fraser St.
(843) 545-9888

Weekend Warrior Sportz Park
161 Verdin Road
(864) 297-1775

The Fun House
Going bonkers with miniature golf, video games, go-carts, and more

The power of the contact between a bat and a baseball. The glory of speeding to sweet victory. The pleasure of an under-par game. The joy of rubbing peanut butter all over your chest while you hurl curses at the audience and dare them to throw beer bottles at you. (Scratch that last bit: That's not that much fun unless your name is Iggy Pop and you've got a death wish and heroin habit the size of the Cloverfield monster.) At a fun park, the possibilities are endless: go-carts, video games, batting cages, water slides — the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor activities. The fun park is an all-ages affair — it doesn't matter if you're a child who's easily freaked out by animatronic mice or an adult who thinks getting drunk and roller-skating is a great way to spend a Saturday night. —Susan Cohen

Blackbeard's Cove Family Fun Park
3255 Highway 17 North
Mt. Pleasant
(843) 971-1223

Carolina Ice Palace
7665 Northwoods Blvd.
North Charleston
(843) 572-2717

Frankie's Fun Park
5000 Ashley Phosphate Road
North Charleston
(843) 767-1376

Hot Wheels Skating Rink
1523 Folly Road
James Island
(843) 795-7982

Music in Motion Family Fun Center
1341 College Park Road
(843) 832-6077

Stardust Skate Center
2035 Spaulding Dr.
North Charleston
(843) 747-0111

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