Thistle Golf Club

Thistle Golf Club

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About Thistle Golf Club (Sunset Beach, NC)

If you're one of those golfers who think there's not such a thing as a leisurely round of golf on the Grand Strand, then think again. With starts on the 27-holes of Thistle Golf Club running 12 minutes apart, chances are you'll rediscover the joy of playing with time to think and actually savour the game.

Another of the many excellent designs of master golf course architect Tim Cates, the course is meant to capture hints of the Scottish countryside, with wildflowers, heather and rolling mounds. And while there's an absence of pot bunkers, there's no doubt Cates was trying to capture a links feel on this course.

The West nine moves through wetlands and coastal forest with some stands of dense trees. Some holes are open and some closed. Greens on the North nine almost all open and cater to the game of the average golfer. With five sets of tees on it and the other two nine-hole tracks, the course is a favorite among women. Like the other 18 holes, water plays a prominent role on the South nine as well.

For those wanting more of a challenge, the back tees provide it, especially holes like the 555-yard par-5 No. 7, a dogleg that's as tough as they come when the wind is in play. With a huge traditional Scottish clubhouse, Thistle provides any amenity a golfer could want.

Golf course details

Type

Public

Year Built

1999

Designer

Tim Cate

Greens

Tif Eagle

Practice Area(s)

Chipping Green, Driving Range, Putting Green

Course Record

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Location

The address for Thistle Golf Club is 1815 Olde Thistle Club Road, Sunset Beach, NC 28468.

Reviews

4.6 Based on 104 reviews

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Michael

Conditions were one ...

Conditions were one of the best the week we where there. Greens rolled fast and fair. Fairways were in excellent condition. Course layouts I really enjoy

Published on July 27th, 2021
Wayne

This is definitely a...

This is definitely a top notch notch golf course

Published on July 15th, 2021
John

Awesome ...

Awesome

Published on July 1st, 2021
Brien

Great course good fo...

Great course good food at the finish cold beer.

Published on June 30th, 2021
Colin

Starters were as fle...

Starters were as flexible as granite. had no idea or willingness on how to stage carts for a large group

Published on June 30th, 2021
Sam

Starters are a littl...

Starters are a little pushy. Food is Great!!

Published on June 30th, 2021
Martin

Very nice course & e...

Very nice course & everything was 1st class!

Published on June 15th, 2021
Billy

beautiful course and...

beautiful course and some cool history in the clubhouse.

Published on June 14th, 2021
Winston

This course is a lit...

This course is a little over priced next to the other two we played.

Published on June 11th, 2021
Tommy

Did not get to play ...

Did not get to play this course due to rain.

Published on June 10th, 2021
Christopher

Great course in grea...

Great course in great shape given the lack of rain. We are putting this one in the annual rotation.

Published on June 2nd, 2021
Scott

Great course in grea...

Great course in great condition

Published on May 26th, 2021
Jonathan

this will continue t...

this will continue to stay on our list!

Published on May 18th, 2021
Jonathan

Excellent design and...

Excellent design and condition. High end. Could improve coordination for starts and reduce bottleneck at bag drop area. But worth the price.

Published on May 17th, 2021
Joe

Nice layout and over...

Nice layout and overall nice course. However the tee boxes and many parts of the fairways were in vey bad shape. You have to get better

Published on May 17th, 2021
Bob

Very nice course tha...

Very nice course that was a little dryer than it usually has been in the past. Still a great option.

Published on May 16th, 2021
David

Seemed a bit dried o...

Seemed a bit dried out. Not as nice as it has been in previous years.

Published on May 16th, 2021
Steve

Was challenging and ...

Was challenging and in decent shape. Took about an hour to get our lunch due to staff shortages in the bar/restaurant. They were working hard but couldn't keep up.

Published on May 11th, 2021
Steve

Awesome course. Gre...

Awesome course. Great course design. We'll be back

Published on May 11th, 2021
Jerry

The course was in gr...

The course was in great shape. Friendly to all levels of players. Can't wait to go back.

Published on May 11th, 2021
Dean

Great course/club. ...

Great course/club. Makes our must play on next trip list

Published on May 11th, 2021
David

Fair and consistent ...

Fair and consistent greens a little slow

Published on May 11th, 2021
Jeff

Great place excellen...

Great place excellent service nice course.

Published on May 11th, 2021
Gordon

loved the Aligators...

loved the Aligators

Published on May 10th, 2021
Brian

One of the nicest co...

One of the nicest courses we played

Published on May 9th, 2021
Brian

One of the nicest co...

One of the nicest courses we played

Published on May 9th, 2021
Warner

All three nines were...

All three nines were great.

Published on May 4th, 2021
Ken

A great day of golf ...

A great day of golf from start to finish

Published on May 4th, 2021
Mattheew

Fun course - great p...

Fun course - great people

Published on May 4th, 2021
James

Course in fairly goo...

Course in fairly good shape. They put too many people on the course in the morning. Fast 1st 9 then you run into a wall at the turn. Super slow then made it hard to make our afternoon tee time.

Published on May 2nd, 2021
James

Tried to put to many...

Tried to put to many players on it. Slow round.

Published on May 2nd, 2021
Joel

Typically one of my ...

Typically one of my favorites. Seems to need some rain or water. Like the included range. Some of the staff were more aggressive than necessary. Would still return

Published on April 30th, 2021
Charles

5...

5

Published on April 27th, 2021
Frank

Always play this cou...

Always play this course always in good shape

Published on April 27th, 2021
Kevin

The best staff in th...

The best staff in the area. Super friendly and super incredible. Free lunch tickets and snack bar was not properly staffed to make sure golfers can make the turn morning to afternoon in a timely manner.

Published on April 26th, 2021
Brant

In great shape. ...

In great shape.

Published on April 25th, 2021
Frank

Great course. Always...

Great course. Always good conditions

Published on April 23rd, 2021
John

Always in great shap...

Always in great shape. Staff was very accommodating. One of my favorites at Myrtle.

Published on April 16th, 2021
Earl

favorite coarse.....

favorite coarse..

Published on April 16th, 2021
Ed

Worth the price of a...

Worth the price of admission

Published on April 16th, 2021
Cameron

Hands down the BEST ...

Hands down the BEST of the 4x courses.....I liked everything about this club. Closed out a great weekends golf with 12 players dining on the outdoor seating overlooking the courses....beautiful place & challenging course....will ABSOLUTLY be back to play all 3x 9's next time around.

Published on April 5th, 2021
Adam

Course was excellent...

Course was excellent. Only negative was the charged us 60 a piece for 9 more holes. Last time they gave us the replay free.

Published on April 2nd, 2021
David

A ...

A

Published on March 23rd, 2021
Dave

Amazing course. View...

Amazing course. Views and design were great. Conditions phenomenal.

Published on March 22nd, 2021
James

Great course...

Great course

Published on March 20th, 2021
Daniel

really enjoyed staff...

really enjoyed staff very nice

Published on March 11th, 2021
Mike

Excellent course. 1...

Excellent course. 1st time playing there.

Published on March 11th, 2021
Paul

Worth the extra ...

Worth the extra

Published on March 11th, 2021
Peter

Outstanding pictures...

Outstanding picturesque course

Published on March 7th, 2021
Hamiton

Im ok shape very wet...

Im ok shape very wet and greens were unkept. Everyone was great except a ranger who came out on the start of our 36 hole nine. He was very rude and did not want us to play even we had payed for a replay. Basically told us to leave.

Published on March 6th, 2021
Matthew

Got yelled at for pl...

Got yelled at for playing our scheduled replay.

Published on March 6th, 2021
Charles

Great Course. Nice l...

Great Course. Nice layout played all 27 holes

Published on March 1st, 2021
Roger

4...

4

Published on February 2nd, 2021
Jeremy

Great track but unfo...

Great track but unfortunately the greens were not what they used to be. Very bumpy.

Published on February 1st, 2021
Dwight

Always nice playing ...

Always nice playing the Thistle.

Published on January 27th, 2021
Bob

Greens impossible ...

Greens impossible

Published on January 26th, 2021
Tim

Absolutely love the ...

Absolutely love the golf course but on our day the on-course employees were over the top. They were hypervigilant on speeding up play but we were only holding up ourselves. Plus at CPO and extremely wet conditions pace of play is hard to maintain. Staff could've handled it better and less aggressively.

Published on January 26th, 2021
Steven

From start to finish...

From start to finish absolutely awesome!!! The club house is breathtaking!!!

Published on November 19th, 2020
David

BEST OF THE BUNCH BE...

BEST OF THE BUNCH BEAUTIFUL SCEANERY

Published on November 11th, 2020
Michael

M...

M

Published on November 4th, 2020
Greg

Best course ever pla...

Best course ever played year over year you cannot compete with grounds management or design.

Published on October 29th, 2020
Scott

Superb layout great ...

Superb layout great service inside and out must play again

Published on October 28th, 2020
Stephen

Perfect 1st day cour...

Perfect 1st day course.

Published on October 25th, 2020
Lynn

Best on trip. ...

Best on trip.

Published on October 22nd, 2020
Gennaro

Great course very fr...

Great course very friendly staff. The conditions were great always enjoy playing this course.

Published on October 21st, 2020
Michael

Nicest course we eve...

Nicest course we ever played! Loved the natural setting. Outstanding.

Published on October 20th, 2020
Alan

Loved the course...

Loved the course

Published on October 19th, 2020
Alan

Did not play extra h...

Did not play extra holes

Published on October 19th, 2020
Joseph

I would have rated t...

I would have rated this course a 5 but the loading area and process were disorganized. We didnt get a cart until after our T time and had no time to practice.

Published on October 16th, 2020
Alan

was in great shape ....

was in great shape . I would play again

Published on October 12th, 2020
Timothy

Course was dryer on ...

Course was dryer on this day and cart rules were 90 degrees so made play much more enjoyable.

Published on October 8th, 2020
Timothy

Love this course and...

Love this course and play it every time I'm in the area. Unfortunately the course was very soggy this time and it was cart path only. The courses do not drain well.

Published on October 8th, 2020
Jerry

Well laid out golf c...

Well laid out golf course. Water is there but decent golf shots will keep you dry.

Published on September 30th, 2020
Jeffrey

Wow great course c...

Wow great course carts like a Cadillac !

Published on September 28th, 2020
Billy

Best overall course ...

Best overall course we played. Greens were fantastic

Published on September 16th, 2020
Nicholas

3 different 9s make ...

3 different 9s make this course one of the nicest places I have ever play will play again

Published on September 16th, 2020
Brian

Thistle always is so...

Thistle always is so beautiful and a great course to play as this is two years in a row playing there. Best clubhouse Ive been in!

Published on September 16th, 2020
Chaseton

One of the best cour...

One of the best courses Ive played and one of the fairest course even with the difficulty

Published on September 16th, 2020
Dave

Absolutely amazing. ...

Absolutely amazing. Everything about this course was amazing. Like most of the courses they experienced quite a bit of water. Greens and fairways were all but perfect. Was a great experience and great day. Make sure you play all 3 courses. All have their own identity.

Published on September 15th, 2020
Steve

Very poor drainage ...

Very poor drainage

Published on September 15th, 2020
Timothy

Best course we playe...

Best course we played during this trip. Outstanding conditions food in clubhouse starter/bag handlers staff. This one is at the top of our list for our next trip.

Published on September 14th, 2020
Timothy

Best course we playe...

Best course we played during this trip. Outstanding conditions food in clubhouse starter/bag handlers staff. This one is at the top of our list for our next trip.

Published on September 14th, 2020
Michael

Course was in great ...

Course was in great condition

Published on September 2nd, 2020
Jeff

Great...

Great

Published on August 28th, 2020
Jeff

Great...

Great

Published on August 28th, 2020
Ashton

The best of all of t...

The best of all of them . Super nice and great course .

Published on August 26th, 2020
Jason

Excellent course. ...

Excellent course.

Published on August 26th, 2020
Dennis

Everything at the co...

Everything at the course was excellentWish I could play this course every day

Published on August 25th, 2020
RM

played the Mackay ni...

played the Mackay nine on August 14, solid shape tee to green

Published on August 17th, 2020
Thomas

Wonderful course cha...

Wonderful course challenging great clubhouse.

Published on August 16th, 2020
Jason

Excellent A...

Excellent A

Published on August 6th, 2020
Preston

Nice but weather iss...

Nice but weather issues

Published on July 18th, 2020
Tamara

first time to play l...

first time to play launched to the top of our list. would go back time and time again. everything was pristine and manicured

Published on July 15th, 2020
Tamara

see above...

see above

Published on July 15th, 2020
Wayne

All ways a favorite....

All ways a favorite.

Published on July 5th, 2020
Neil

Always excellent con...

Always excellent condition.

Published on June 30th, 2020
Neil

Courteous staff grea...

Courteous staff great facility and as always the course was in fabulous condition. One of the best in the area for variety of holes conditioning and playability for all skill levels.

Published on June 30th, 2020
Eric

Very enjoyable layou...

Very enjoyable layout and course was in excellent shape.

Published on June 30th, 2020
Glenn

Really enjoyed the c...

Really enjoyed the course. Very good condition.

Published on June 30th, 2020
Mark

One of the best on e...

One of the best on east coast

Published on June 19th, 2020
Paul

Nice course. Good co...

Nice course. Good condition. Nice folks.

Published on June 9th, 2020
Calvin

All three courses of...

All three courses offer a little different taste from shot placement to grip it and rip it. They were all in good condition and staff was great.

Published on May 11th, 2020
Steve

This is High End Myr...

This is High End Myrtle Beach Golf at its finest! We played all 27 holes on the 27 hole promotion, and let me say I was truly impressed. I pride myself on being a golf course critic, and Thistle lives up to the hype. Fantastic course conditions, amazing layout, and a first class staff!!

Published on May 9th, 2020
Cynthia

We had to get a rain...

We had to get a rain check so I don't know about this course.

Published on April 17th, 2020

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