Thistle Golf Club

Thistle Golf Club & Estates is a combination exclusive golf course and residential community along the Grand Strand in the quiet town of Sunset Beach, North Carolina. The Thistle features three courses - Cameron, Mackay, and Stewart - and boasts an authentic Scottish feel to it thanks to designer Tim Cate. Cate designed the club based on the Links of Leith, located in Edinburgh, Scotland and traditionally known as the birthplace of golf. From first glance, the Thistle appears to be a formidable course. However, this course is actually more golfer friendly than it appears. Cate relied on visual deception to make this course appear more cunning and deceptive than it really is. Despite the fact that the course is actually easy going enough for beginners to enjoy, it does entice players of all skill levels to bring forth their best game. The Thistle presents 27 stunning holes, some of the best golfers have seen along the Grand Strand. The Thistle goes above and beyond, straying away from traditionally used 8-minute tee times to offer 12-minute tee times for a longer, more enjoyable play experience. Combined with the fact that the course is in impeccable shape, it is no wonder golfers travel from all across the country to enjoy this magnificent gem. Players are able to enjoy the game in every traditional sense and thanks to additional tee times, a leisurely pace promotes the most relaxing game in the Myrtle Beach area. This course is a must play for those that truly love the game of golf.

Thistle Golf Club

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Cameron                    
Hole # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  
Thistle 370 414 433 183 518 421 380 206 525  
Blue 349 356 410 156 475 396 355 109 500  
White 326 326 363 134 446 376 337 164 477  
Gold 270 271 309 108 428 315 286 144 449  
Red 246 251 284 85 368 279 248 106 390  
HNCP 7 4 5 8 3 6 2 9 1  
Par 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 5  
                     
                     
                     
Mackay                    
Hole # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  
Thistle 429 396 211 397 422 184 555 395 558  
Blue 392 350 192 370 399 171 546 368 530  
White 371 334 159 347 371 144 526 340 500  
Gold 315 301 158 297 353 129 503 294 426  
Red 291 277 125 267 261 108 360 266 400  
HNCP 4 5 9 7 3 8 1 6 2  
Par 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 5  
                     
                     
                     
Stewart                    
Hole # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  
Thistle 378 404 193 543 200 545 434 443 211  
Blue 347 333 178 515 186 520 424 411 193  
White 317 328 156 475 163 486 397 377 177  
Gold 271 304 139 459 139 420 366 315 163  
Red 232 243 99 412 99 388 335 270 110  
HNCP 9 7 6 3 6 5 1 3 4  
Par 4 4 3 5 3 5 4 4 3  

1815 Olde Thistle Club Rd. ,Sunset Beach NC 28468

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Gregg Stewart

Overall Rating: 8/2/2020

Great people, wonderful layout with lots of variety. All 3 9s were in excellent condition. We'll be back, often!

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Thomas Starmack

Overall Rating: 6/24/2020

Outstanding course. Very well maintained and awesome staff. A must play.

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Shannon Shelton

Overall Rating: 5/6/2020

Decent course. Great golf carts. Just not worth the price. Clubhouse is good. The other reviewers may have never been in semi-private facility like that so they were easily impressed. Treated well by all staff. Good practice putting area. Horrible chipping area. 3 sets of 9 holes. Good condition, just not great. Plenty of other choices in the area for a fourth of the price. I have a Golf Passport so I was only charged about $75 less than the going rate and yet I still feel I overpaid. Won't be going back because I was treated badly or because the course is that bad....it's just not worth the price. Way too many other options in Myrtle Beach area that are less than 1/3rd of the regular price Thistle charges.

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Kevin Densmore

Overall Rating: 5/2/2020

Thistle always delivers a great golf experience. Usually conditions are best in area.

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Jason Mayville

Overall Rating: 3/21/2020

Visited Thistle Golf Club March 12th, 2020 and it was spectacular. Even with the winter just finishing it was in great shape. The rough was dormant but the fairways and greens were excellent. The grounds people have done a great job. I can just imagine how great this place is in its prime. I would go back here again and again.

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Michael Baskey

Overall Rating: 3/12/2020

Thistle is one of the best courses in the area with really good drainage which is key this time of year. Kept in really good shape but it is challenging so not good idea if you're either new to golf or not a straight hitter as the rough will eat you up (although it's worse after the growing season starts). It's now on Golf Trail in addition to Passport so not terribly expensive. This is course where I got my only hole-in-one so holds special place in my heart. This and grand Dunes are best places to play after rain.

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Vickie LaValley

Overall Rating: 3/9/2020

Pretty course. Great for any level golfer. Will play here again

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Jeff Duffield

Overall Rating: 3/5/2020

My favorite course in the Myrtle area. Immaculate greens, manicured fairways, challenging but fair. I know it is weird, but hands down the best men's room on the grand strand. Beautiful clubhouse and service oriented staff. A must play.

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Karen Berg

Overall Rating: 2/16/2020

Great course. Beautiful place

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Jeff Clark

Overall Rating: 1/18/2020

Very nice golf course (s)....All 3 nines were in really good shape. Clubhouse & amenities are top notch??Highly recommended??

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Chris Harris

Overall Rating: 12/10/2019

One of the most beautiful course I've played. Great memories!

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Paul Gallagher

Overall Rating: 12/1/2019

Great course can play very tough for the average golfer if the wind is blowing. Good fairways and average greens. Stay in the fairways otherwise could be a long day.

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Robert Loiselle

Overall Rating: 11/19/2019

Such an awesome place. I'd move in if they'd let me.

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William Anderson

Overall Rating: 11/11/2019

Good layout. Great condition when I was there.

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Adam Knox

Overall Rating: 11/6/2019

Two of the three nines were in good shape. The staff was unfriendly. The ranger did nothing about pace, 5.5 hr round, despite driving by 4 times through 18. No hot food in such a nice bar area was a real bummer.

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Brian Cherry

Overall Rating: 9/29/2019

Last day of annual golf tournament. Great course. Very fair. Great condition. Highly recommend.

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trina crawford

Overall Rating: 9/28/2019

9-27-19 course in great shape, but many tee boxes are not level and the flags are not colored for green position. Started first out on Cameron, 1st 9holes took normal ~2hrs. Come around to Stewart for next 9holes and it was backed up all to hell. This ruined the round for many groups around us (I spoke with them while waiting). Either the course is taking in too many groups or the starter is completely incompetent. Bad for a course so expensive.

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Mia Copcutt

Overall Rating: 7/12/2019

One of the most beautiful golf courses I’ve ever been on. The service was amazing!!!! It’s hours later and I’m still thinking about how wonderful everything was!!!

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Roy Jaeger

Overall Rating: 6/29/2019

With probably 100 golf options inside 50 or so miles, the Thistle stands out. Well groomed. Enough tees to let you find the right challenge. I'm admittedly a spoiled golfer and this was enjoyable with no qualifiers.

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glen francis

Overall Rating: 6/24/2019

Very nice course and clubhouse, unfortunately we had a group of 24 play there on a Saturday and the beverage cart girl informed us at 3:15 that she was done. We were on 7th hole. By the time we finished our round, the clubhouse was LOCKED up and we couldn't enjoy beverages or food. This place cost themselves a lot of money that day, and there were other groups besides us playing. Very bad management. I was always led to believe that you were in business FOR business.

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Mike Hughes

Overall Rating: 6/22/2019

Cart path only! Rain in the morning and I am handicap with 9 back surgeries and recent knee surgery. We had a group of 16 players and pro said absolutely no handicap flags! Can give rain check. That's no good when you want to play with your friends. Won't be coming back to this course.

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John Motko

Overall Rating: 6/16/2019

My wife and I have been playing Thistle for many years. Today we went to play and had a gift certificate given to us by the previous club professional. The certificate we purchased was for four rounds of golf and a 5 lesson plan. The lessons were great and very helpful for my wife and I. Unfortunately I required back surgery in 2018 and did not play golf for 13 months so we were not able to use the certificates. When I presented the certificate to the gentleman in the pro shop he immediately said he would not honor the four rounds. He stated “We do not honor certificates that are more than a year old”. There was nothing on the certificate that indicated an expiration date. The only restriction was the certificate could not be used in April or October. The gentleman was very rude and grudgingly agreed to only allow us to use two of the four free rounds and said he was taking the certificate so we could not use the other two rounds. He acted as though I was taking the greens fees directly out of his paycheck. There was no reason for him to be so rude. If certificates are only valid for one year it should say that on the certificate. The 2 out of 5 rating is only for the pro shop staff member who was very rude. The course was great as always but I will find it hard to return in the near future.

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steve chadwick

Overall Rating: 6/8/2019

All parts of the course offer a challenge but very playable conditions all around.

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Alan Sheppard

Overall Rating: 6/4/2019

Three great 9 hole courses in lovely surroundings. Some challenging holes with water coming into play on several of them. Impressive clubhouse.

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Kelly Barry

Overall Rating: 5/15/2019

Really good course - tough layout in excellent condition. Two of us played in 3 hours - no one on the course on a Tuesday. Pay attention to the layout ofvthe holes on the card - some hidden problems can cost strokes.

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T Chapman

Overall Rating: 4/22/2019

Beautiful setting, but food was lacking and service didn’t exist. I realize it was an Easter buffet, but it seemed to be terribly understaffed. Had to go to the bar to get mimosas etc. Food in the line ran out and what was there, was cold. I would suspect the problem was management and HR. The staff was working in a frenzy. Not worth it, neither money nor frustration.

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Mike Mcgrath

Overall Rating: 4/21/2019

Our waitress for your table #20 this morning for Easter brunch was not attentive or friendly. Bottom line, service was terrible. Food was great. Our last Easter Brunch is

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John Moore

Overall Rating: 3/18/2019

Very nice. Great conditions. Comfy carts. Very scenic. Just a lil too pricey at $125

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John Steigerwald

Overall Rating: 3/18/2019

Great course...likely the best in the orth myrtle beach area.

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Austin Lynch

Overall Rating: 3/12/2019

I played 18 holes here today, 3/11/19 while on my honeymoon. First of all the facilities and course were fantastic, it can be challenging from the tips but if you play smart there are plenty of birdie opportunities. Almost everyone I met was very polite and helpful. Now for why I'm giving a one star rating, I checked in and walked back outside to get a cart, the guys at the cart stand were very friendly, I had paid for a bag of driving range balls to warm up before my round and they directed me to park the cart in the parking spaces behind the driving range, my wife drove the cart to the paved parking spaces behind the range and began reading a book, I walked to a spot at the range and began hitting balls. Mid way through my backswing an older African American man who was also hitting balls on the range loudly told me I needed to move my cart as I was not allowed to park there. I informed him that I was directed to park there by the staff. He then began shouting at me in front of everyone at the range that he worked there and the staff work for him. I told him I would move the cart when I was done hitting range balls. He shouted at me again and told me to move the cart, I told him I only had 12 range balls left and will move it when I'm done with them. He left for a couple minutes I presume to talk to someone about me. When he came back he didn't say anything to me but was loudly telling the person next to him how rude I was and that you "can't make this stuff up". I have been playing golf for 19 years and have never been so disappointed at the behavior of a staff member as I was today. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be coming back as long as he is working at The Thistle.

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Austin Lynch

Overall Rating: 3/11/2019

I played 18 holes here today, 3/11/19 while on my honeymoon. First of all the facilities and course were fantastic, it can be challenging from the tips but if you play smart there are plenty of birdie opportunities. Almost everyone I met was very polite and helpful. Now for why I'm giving a one star rating, I checked in and walked back outside to get a cart, the guys at the cart stand were very friendly, I had paid for a bag of driving range balls and they directed me to park the cart in the parking spaces behind the driving range, my wife drove the cart to the paved parking spaces behind the range and began reading a book, I walked to a spot at the range and began hitting balls. Mid way through my backswing an older African American man loudly told me I needed to move my cart as I was not allowed to park there. I informed him that I was directed to park there by the staff. He then began shouting at me in front of everyone at the range that he worked there and the staff work for him. I told him I would move the cart when I was done hitting range balls. He shouted at me again and told me to move the cart, I told him I only had 12 range balls left and will move it when I'm done with them. He left for a couple minutes I presume to talk to someone about me. When he came back he didn't say anything to me but was loudly telling the person next to him how rude I was and that you "can't make this stuff up". I have been playing golf for 19 years and have never been so disappointed at the behavior of a staff member as I was today. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be coming back as long as he is working here.

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Rosemary Nussear

Overall Rating: 2/14/2019

Beautiful course with a great layout but very difficult greens.

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JoAnn Harris

Overall Rating: 2/13/2019

My best friend's daughter got married here. It is an absolutely gorgeous place perfect for a wedding has bridal suite and groom suite available.. a full bar and room in the clubhouse to have a DJ and dance floor. And adjacent room was large enough for the reception . They had a sit-down dinner with several tables and lots of room even had a 4 tiered wedding cake and still had more than enough room. Highly recommend renting this place for any type of wedding anniversary or birthday paety.

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Henry Calloway

Overall Rating: 1/30/2019

One of our favorite course's to play in NC. They treat you like family. Course in great condition. Tee boxes make it enjoyable. Not an easy course but enjoyable

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Frank O'Brien

Overall Rating: 1/25/2019

Place is very nice. Weather conditions were not conducive to golf with rain and wind and expo. Layout was good. Lots of water. Enjoyed the day and want to go back when the weather is better

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Ted Pappayliou

Overall Rating: 12/19/2018

beautiful layout, great condition but staff was not too friendly.... almost like they did not want YOU at THEIR club

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Todd Harrison

Overall Rating: 11/16/2018

Outstanding people were very friendly and helpful course was very wet but still a great place to play very enjoyable experience

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Rick Elrod

Overall Rating: 11/6/2018

Great course. Nice people. Wonderful 19th hole.

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d lee

Overall Rating: 10/26/2018

The course with in great shape. Greens were quick. Staff is super friendly. Awesome place to grab a meal.

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Johnney Davis

Overall Rating: 10/18/2018

Had a great time and the course was excellent very challenging but fair. The staff was friendly and went out their way to make our experience enjoyable.

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Victor Kazanjian

Overall Rating: 10/6/2018

Beautiful place, but not a playable course for the average golfer. Literally the hardest pin placement on every hole. I'm sure very good golfers love it, but us regular guys struggle here. It is in great shape, though, and the buildings are all very nice.

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Tony Alatis

Overall Rating: 8/27/2018

Courses in great shape I always have a good time when I play golf there I'll be sure to come back I shot a sub 90 par which is uncharacteristically low for me but I had a great time

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J David Hanzelko

Overall Rating: 8/11/2018

Great golf course. The fairways and greens, after weeks of rain are almost back to what everyone has come to expect. Once this rain stops, if ever, and the course drys out you can expect to be hitting your approach shot from some of the best fairways in the area onto fast but fair greens that are as smooth as a baby's ###. In my opinion the Thistle Golf Course is a must add-on to your golf bucket list...

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John Brand

Overall Rating: 6/19/2018

This is a top course in the area. The greens had some minor spots on them but nothing that was too bad. The staff was very friendly and courteous. The only reason I did not rate this five stars was because I think there are a handful of 5 star courses in the area and this isn’t quite there.

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Buddy Spruill

Overall Rating: 5/17/2018

My reason for a 1 star review is based on one simple thing... lack of respect for not disclosing the shape of the greens when booking the tee times. It is obvious that there was chemical damage to the greens. I can't imagine it was weather or winter as out of the 27 holes I counted 10 holes that were 90% damaged and I mean pure dirt with small patches of grass. I counted another 9 holes that were 30-60% damaged. Other area courses for much cheaper are in phenomenal shape. Beyond that, they were very furry (trying to let them grow in I assume) and they were fertilized. Nothing rolled true, hitting chatter and fertilizer along the way. I own a business and I find it appalling that a company would know their product is in that kind of shape and charge full price for their product and not disclose it upfront. If they would have disclosed this information and dropped their rates, I would have still played and been aware. The sad thing is that it is a beautiful course and phenomenal layout. I bet when the greens are in great shape, it's a very fun course. Because of their lack of respect, I will be scheduling our group of 30 players for our upcoming trip for a week at another facility.

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