5.25.2017

Water park, traffic loop, weather | What you need to know as the summer season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend

The kick-off to the 2017 summer season has finally arrived!

Ocean Lakes Family Campground will have a full house for Memorial Day weekend, with families enjoying a long holiday weekend and bikers here for what has been known as the Atlantic Beach Bikefest. The Grand Strand will be packed, and the 23-mile traffic loop will be back in Myrtle Beach late night Friday, Saturday and Sunday (more details on that coming up).


Here are five things to make the most of your stay with us:

WATER PARK IN FULL GEAR 

All the Sandy Harbor water amenities – slides, lazy river, Splash Zone and pools – will be open and in full throttle starting Friday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through the summer.


Have fun and be safe! Remember: coolers are NOT allowed in the water park. Get a rundown of all the water park rules – including the height restrictions for our slides – before slathering on the suntan lotion.

GETTING IN OCEAN LAKES 

The South Gate is open for the season! We want all of our guests to get in as conveniently and easily as possible so they can start having fun. South Gate hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. through the summer.


Bringing a motorcycle? You cannot ride motorcycles through the campground. 

Special parking for bikes is set aside in a lot near the South Gate. You must be a registered guest of Ocean Lakes and have an orange wristband attached to the bike's handlebars to park in this area. 


Guests should pick up the orange wristband for their motorcycle in the Main Office when they check in. If the office is closed, you can get a wristband from the Main Gate or the South Gate. Your site number will be on the wristband, which gives our team a quick way of contacting the bike's owner in case of an emergency.

Also not permitted: Riding motorcycles past the designated area at the entrance (signs mark the boundaries where bikes are allowed) or coasting - not under power but with a guest sitting on the seat.

Rope and motorcycle dolly towing are permitted to and from your rental site or campsite.

DRIVING AROUND TOWN 

Prepare to see lots of motorcycles on the roads and a late-night traffic loop that includes Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.

Thousands of visitors will be along the Grand Strand for the Black Pearl Cultural Heritage and Bike Festival, formerly known as Atlantic Beach Bikefest. As in the last few years, a 23-mile traffic loop will be in place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday aiming to keep traffic flowing on Ocean Boulevard.


The loop starts at 29th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, continues south to Kings Highway near Myrtle Beach International Airport, up Harrelson Boulevard to U.S. 501, to northbound U.S. 31, to U.S. 17 Bypass then back to the loop’s start at 29th Avenue North.

An app and a hotline are available to help visitors and locals maneuver around the loop.

Access the app here then click the city seal icon in the upper right-hand corner. Enter the addresses for your destination and starting point to get the directions.

You can also call the Myrtle Beach Police Department’s new Information Line at 843-918-INFO (4636) to get directions or alternate routes.

HAVING SOME FUN 

If the beach or water park doesn’t wear you out, you’ll have lots of activities in the campground and around town to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend.

Belt out your best tune during karaoke from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Center Stage by Sandy’s Meet n’ Eat. On Saturday, swim in our outdoor pool for the Dive-in Movie at 8: 30 p.m. This week’s feature film: “Finding Dory.”

Looking for more? Lots of activities are planned along the Grand Strand, including the Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach. The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Farrow Parkway at The Market Common. Get a run-down of all the Military Appreciation Days events here
Check out all the Memorial Day activities around town here.

WEATHER

Bring your sunglasses – you’re in for a hot sunny weekend. Lots of sunshine Friday and Saturday with highs in the 80s; expect highs in the upper 80s Sunday and Monday with a slight chance (20 percent) of storms. Check out the detailed forecast from our friends at WPDE.



Thanks for choosing to kick off the summer and celebrate Memorial Day weekend with us. Have fun! And remember the reason for Memorial Day; we appreciate and will think of all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. And thanks to all the veterans and those serving in our military. We appreciate all you do!

This is what you get when pirates take over a golf car at Ocean Lakes

Mark and Paige Miller’s quest to find the best custom golf car dealer started like most other big purchases – with a search on the Internet.

The Charlotte, N.C., couple had the vision for the golf car they wanted to use at their second home in North Myrtle Beach – a perfect pirate theme that captures their fun side. But they needed an experienced, top-notch builder to turn that vision into reality.

After Ocean Lakes Golf Cars popped up on the Millers’ web search, Mark dialed up Greg Bender, the longtime manager at Ocean Lakes Golf Cars. By the time that phone chat ended, Mark knew he had found a builder who was genuine and down to earth who he trusted to create the custom car that would meet his high standards.

“They were just so nice,” Paige said. “We just liked the feel here. Once Mark talked to Greg on the phone – that was it.”

Ocean Lakes Golf Cars created this custom 2017 Onward with a pirate theme, including airbrushed body, croc seats, custom dash, 14-inch wheels and more.
Ocean Lakes Golf Cars is known for renting golf cars for guests to buzz around the campground, but also builds and sells golf cars to buyers’ specifications. The team has built cars featuring nearly every theme imaginable, including beach life, 5 o’clock somewhere and sports teams.

Ocean Lakes Golf Cars even built a custom golf car this season for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the minor league baseball team. The Pelicans’ mascots – Splash and Rally Shark – ride onto the field before every home game at TicketReturn.com Field in the tricked-out ride from Ocean Lakes Golf Cars.

The mascots for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans ride onto the field before every home baseball game in this custom golf car built by Ocean Lakes Golf Cars.


Simply put, if you can imagine it, Ocean Lakes Golf Cars can make it.

The Millers – who are pirates at heart; well, at least on Halloween – picked pirates as the theme of their custom car because they wanted “something different, something fun,” Paige said.

“I just love the whole pirates theme, being mysterious,” Mark said.

Mark and Paige Miller dressed as pirates for Halloween. The pirate theme inspired the couple's new custom golf car built by Ocean Lakes Golf Cars.

The Millers worked closely with the builders throughout the process. Mark is very particular, Paige said, and “it didn’t take [Greg] long to read that."

Mark admitted he lost count of how many emails and text messages he sent to Greg making suggestions for the golf car and checking on the progress.

“I know I drove him crazy,” Mark said. “It’s probably the toughest sale he’s made.”

But that close working relationship paid off with the finished product: A lifted golf car with pirate images air brushed on the sides and front, 14-inch wheels/tires and croc seats, with navy blue and red accent colors. The Ocean Lakes team customized an Onward, Club Car’s latest model that just rolled into the campground in May.

Ocean Lakes Golf Cars created this custom 2017 Onward with a pirate theme, including airbrushed body, croc seats, custom dash, 14-inch wheels and more.
The Millers were blown away when they picked up their new pirate golf car from Ocean Lakes Golf Cars – a big smile came on Mark’s face and was still there as he loaded it up to cart away.
 “I was really pleased. Y’all did a super job,” Mark said. “I’d say we are customers for life.”


The Millers were equally impressed with the service. The Ocean Lakes custom shop, located off S.C. 15 in Myrtle Beach, sent photos to the Millers throughout the building process, including pictures of the tires, rims and covers.
 “That’s over-the-top service,” Paige said. “That’s special.”


All in a days work, said Greg Bender, who started working at Ocean Lakes as a teen-ager 29 years ago and has led Golf Cars for 20 years. As a teen, he learned the importance of great customer service from Nelson and Mary Emily Jackson, the couple who co-founded Ocean Lakes Family Campground more than four decades ago. The Jacksons passed away in 2010, but their legacy of providing top-notch customer service has remained a cornerstone of Ocean Lakes’ operations.

“It started with Mr. and Mrs. Jackson – they drilled that into us,” Bender told the Millers. “It’s all about customer service.”

 About the Millers’ custom pirate golf car

Make | Club Car
Model | 2017 Onward PTV (Personal Transportation Vehicle)

Body | Custom airbrushed with pirates

Specs | 4-inch lift, 14-inch wheels and tires, underseat storage and trunk assembly, hitch assembly

Seats | Croc seats custom built by Lazy Life

Dash | Dual USB port, custom elite dash from Custom Golf Car Supply with dash inserts custom painted to match seats and exterior paint
Stereo | Bluetooth stereo system
Onward features | Overhead Bluetooth stereo, trailer hitch, rear under seat storage, trunk valence, side mirrors, turn signals, horn, headlights, tail lights, brake lights

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Want more information about building a custom car at Ocean Lakes Golf Cars? Visit the website or call the Golf Cars team at 843-828-4868.


5.17.2017

Another sign that summer is right around the corner: Lifeguards are back on the beach and they have this piece of advice for you

Beach lifeguard Laurie Mathieu has one big piece of advice for beach-goers as we head into the busy summer season: Watch your kids on the beach.

A sure sign that summer is right around the corner: Lifeguards are back on the beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground. Lifeguard Laurie Mathieu (above) urges beach-goers to watch their kids and obey the rules lifeguards give them.

Lost children are one of the most common issues beach lifeguards encounter during the busy summer season but is easily avoidable if parents keep a watchful eye on their little ones.

It can be very easy for kids to get disoriented on the beach – especially when it’s full of activity and beach-goers. Beach access points can look very similar from the beach. And kids playing in the waves can drift down the beach in the ocean from their towels on the sand, then not know which way to go when they get out of the water.

“Watch their kids and listen to the lifeguards,” said Mathieu, who has been a lifeguard on the beach by Ocean Lakes for five summers. “Those are the best things to do.”

Laurie Mathieu has been a lifeguard on the beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground for five years.

Lifeguards are back on the beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground (their first day was May 12) and ready for a fun, safe season. The lifeguards, provided by Lack’sBeach Service in Myrtle Beach, monitor the beaches for safety, handle rentals of beach umbrellas/chairs and help enforce beach rules. 

Lifeguards will be on the beach from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Sept. 15. Chair and umbrella rentals are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rate for one umbrella and two chairs is $35 a day if you pay cash; add a 10 percent fee if you use a credit or debit card. The more consecutive days you rent, the bigger discount you get ($60 for two days; $80 for three days; $100 for four days; $120 for five days, etc.).

Need to rent a beach chair and umbrella? See a lifeguard


Ocean Lakes has nearly a mile of beachfront that falls into the jurisdiction of Horry County, which sets all the rules on the beach for shading devices, fireworks and more. The Horry County Police Department patrols the beach by Ocean Lakes and enforces those rules.

Reminder: Please stay off the sand dunes! Hurricane Matthew wiped out the dunes when it hit the area in October, and the sand piles you see are just the first step to rebuild the dunes. We are working with local, state and federal officials on a beach renourishment project that will shape those mounds, install sand fencing and plant beach vegetation. 

Dunes are crucial to protecting coastal property from storms and hurricanes. Climbing on them or setting up your chairs on top of them hinders the rebuilding process and could be unsafe. That sand is still stabilizing, and the piles were made immediately after Hurricane Matthew, so items from hurricane damage could be buried in those piles, including old sand fencing and wood and metal from the Surfside Beach Pier, which was heavily destroyed by the storm. The town is working toward rebuilding the pier, but again, these projects take time. 

Thanks for your cooperation and patience.


Enjoy the beach this summer and be safe!

5.10.2017

Headed to Ocean Lakes for the Harley-Davidson spring rally? Here are a few things to know

Ocean Lakes is ready for bikers to start rolling in this week for the Harley-Davidson spring rally.

The Cruisin’ the Coast spring rally officially kicks off May 15, though many bikers will start arriving earlier to take advantage of all the rides, entertainment and fun that revs up the weekend of May 12. The rally, which lures several hundred thousand bikers to the Myrtle Beach area, runs through May 21.


Ocean Lakes welcomes bikers. Special parking and trailer storage areas have been set up to accommodate the influx of motorcycles, and our South Gate will be open to help bikers get in smoothly.

We want all of our guests who are here for the spring rally to have a fun, safe visit. Here is key information about parking and reminders about our rules, as well as tips to make your stay during the Harley rally as enjoyable as possible.


Motorcycle rules

Guests cannot ride motorcycles through the campground. Also not permitted: Riding motorcycles past the designated area at the entrance (signs mark the boundaries where bikes are allowed) or coasting - not under power but with a guest sitting on the seat.


Rope and motorcycle dolly towing are permitted to and from your rental site or campsite.

Ocean Lakes doesn’t allow bikers past the front area of the campground to ensure the noise doesn’t bother guests who are relaxing.

“Ocean Lakes is very bike friendly, but it is the overall noise and the volume of motorcycles,” Operations Manager Kevin McWhirter said.

Three-wheel rides such as Can-Am Spyders and Polaris Slingshots must follow motorcycle rules – they are NOT allowed in the campground and must park in the designated motorcycle lot by the South Gate.

Motorcycle parking

Ocean Lakes has a designated area for free motorcycle parking at the South Gate entrance. You must be a registered guest of Ocean Lakes and have an orange wristband attached to the bike's handlebars to park in this area. 

Guests should pick up the orange wristband for their motorcycle in the Main Office when they check in. If the office is closed, you can get a wristband from the Main Gate or the South Gate. Your site number will be on the wristband, which gives our team a quick way of contacting the bike's owner in case of an emergency.


For bikers’ convenience, there are two unloading ramps available in the parking area by the South Gate.

Cars and vehicles also can park by the South Gate but only in the closest section to U.S. 17 Business, which is separated from the bikes and designated with signs as vehicle parking.


Trailer parking

Guests can park their utility trailers at their site – if it safely and completely fits on their homesite or campsite.

If that doesn’t work, trailer parking will be available in our West Lot, which is across the street from the campground with easy access off S.C. 544. Cost is $5 a day.

This area is only for trailer storage – you will not have 24-hour access to park your motorcycle inside the trailer at the end of the day.

Getting into Ocean Lakes

Our South Gate will be open throughout the rally to help alleviate any congestion getting into the campground. The South Gate will be open Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 21. Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

This will allow more convenient access to the designated motorcycle parking area and help keep traffic moving through our Main Gate.


Unloading

Guests can unload their motorcycles at the South Gate parking lot or in the West Lot trailer storage area off S.C. 544 across the street from the campground.

We recommend that you do NOT unload motorcycles at your rental house or campsite unless you have a tow dolly. Remember – you won’t be able to ride your motorcycle from your site.

Need more info?

Our team is here to help. Feel free to contact Security at 843-828-4847. That number is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Have fun and be safe!