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 forests with some stands of dense trees. Some holes are open and some are 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.