Thistle Golf Club

1815 Olde Thistle Downs Dr, Sunset Beach, North Carolina 28468 (800) 571-6710

Description

About Thistle Golf Club

Open since 1999, Thistle Golf Club in Sunset Beach, N.C., has ranked among the "Top 100 Fairways in America" by Golf For Women Magazine and earned 4 stars from Golf Digest's "Places to Play." Thistle features generous fairways, immaculately manicured greens and exceptional service making it a favorite among Myrtle Beach-area golfers.


This favorited course features 27 holes split between the Cameron, the Mackay, and the Stewart. Each 9-hole set contains 6 different tees to suit the needs of golfers of any skill level.


On top of 27 awesome holes, the Thistle Club also offers a driving range for golfers to work on their drives. The driving range has stations for stretching, a large putting green, and a chipping area complete with a sandtrap.


Formerly, the Thistle Club used bentgrass for their greens, but as it proved to be difficult to maintain in the Carolina heat, the decision was made to recently renovate each 9 to TifEagle Bermuda greens which will be far more resilient to the Sunset Beach climate.


Of course, a notable characteristic of the Thistle Club is the clubhouse. This beautiful structure was built from the muse of an old traditional Thistle Club in Leith, Scotland, that was constructed in the early 1800’s. Using materials that one would find in a building from that time period, the Thistle Clubhouse is considered a “crown jewel” that is untouched by any other clubhouse in the region.


Besides beautiful décor and rich history, the clubhouse also boasts an authentic Scottish inspired pub called the Pot Bunker Pub. Here, golfers can enjoy a meal, or just kick back and have a beer or glass of wine.  Other indoor facilities include Leith’s Lounge, the Hickory Hall Private Dining Room, and a boardroom for work or social gatherings.

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Rating
4.53
Reviews

Player Ratings

Overall rating based on 45 reviews. Showing last 20 player reviews from Myrtle Beach Golf:
Rating
4.53
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    5
  • Grill:
    4
  • Staff:
    5

"Great course in super condition. Very fast greens. Very helpful staff. Would play again"
OVERALL SCORE: 5
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    5
  • Grill:
    5
  • Staff:
    5

"Just finished up a round of 18 at the Thistle Golf Club in Sunset Beach, NC. If you are anywhere near the Wilmington/Myrtle Beach area, you owe it to yourself to play a round here. “Perfection” is the only word I can use to describe the whole experience. The course was in immaculate condition and was manicured to a T. In 20 years of playing, this is the nicest course I have ever played. Greens, tee boxes, sand traps, and fairways were in perfect condition. The club house and the memorabilia in it were breathtaking, and the customer service was second to none. This customer service was demonstrated from everyone from the bag drop, to starter, to the General Manager. The tee times were spaced apart, as we did not see more than one foursome at any hole. Even the ice towels given to customer to keep cool were scented to enhance the customer experience. I will definitely play this course again and will recommend it to anyone I talk golf with. The Thistle Golf Club today demonstrated perfection. - Josh Adams"
OVERALL SCORE: 5
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    5
  • Grill:
    5
  • Staff:
    5

"Nice course in great shape and made for a enjoyable round."
OVERALL SCORE: 4
  • Tees:
    4
  • Greens:
    4
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    3
  • Grill:
    3
  • Staff:
    4

"Starter was friendly-other cart attendants were rude and disrespectful grumpy old men. Condescending comments made twice that should have been kept to themselves. It's a shame to have such a nice course and have such unfriendly people greeting your guests, and the first ones greeting your guests at that.Those guys couldn't work for me that's for sure. Hoping they had a bad day-mine would have been perfect had it not been for them."
OVERALL SCORE: 4
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    5
  • Grill:
    5
  • Staff:
    2

"Great day on a great course. Staff was friendly everywhere we went. Fairways played like carpet and greens were the best I've played including Barefoot"
OVERALL SCORE: 5
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    5
  • Grill:
    5
  • Staff:
    5

"Course is in great condition, definitely play here if you can."
OVERALL SCORE: 5
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    5
  • Grill:
    5
  • Staff:
    5

"Visually pleasant. Need to be on your game to score well, mistakes will definitely add to your score. For the price tee boxes could be much better, otherwise it is a challenging and fun course."
OVERALL SCORE: 4
  • Tees:
    2
  • Greens:
    4
  • Fairways:
    4
  • Pro shop:
    4
  • Grill:
    3
  • Staff:
    4

OVERALL SCORE: 4
  • Tees:
    3
  • Greens:
    4
  • Fairways:
    4
  • Pro shop:
    4
  • Grill:
    3
  • Staff:
    4

"One of the best overall experiences in the 18 yes of playing myrtle beach courses. Loved the day. Great memory. Hope to be back soon"
OVERALL SCORE: 4
  • Tees:
    4
  • Greens:
    4
  • Fairways:
    4
  • Pro shop:
    2
  • Grill:
    3
  • Staff:
    4

"Nice interesting course and made very welcome. We would return."
OVERALL SCORE: 3
  • Tees:
    4
  • Greens:
    4
  • Fairways:
    4
  • Pro shop:
    3
  • Grill:
    2
  • Staff:
    3

"Clubhouse was very slow while only being 1/3 full."
OVERALL SCORE: 5
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    5
  • Grill:
    3
  • Staff:
    5

"This is the only course I played this time around who charged you extra for range balls, there were two attendants at the bag drop but only one who seemed to be working and my tee time was delayed a half hour because the owner of the course decided to play and disrupt the tee time schedule. This is supposed to be one of the best courses in Myrtle, but for me it was the worst."
OVERALL SCORE: 3
  • Tees:
    4
  • Greens:
    3
  • Fairways:
    4
  • Pro shop:
    3
  • Grill:
    3
  • Staff:
    3

"Really good golf course, all 27 holes. Great condition!"
OVERALL SCORE: 5
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    4
  • Grill:
    5
  • Staff:
    4

"Even though we were in heavy misting conditions, the course played well and the greens though fast, were true and great to play on."
OVERALL SCORE: 4
  • Tees:
    4
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    4
  • Pro shop:
    4
  • Grill:
    3
  • Staff:
    4

OVERALL SCORE: 4
  • Tees:
    4
  • Greens:
    4
  • Fairways:
    4
  • Pro shop:
    3
  • Grill:
    3
  • Staff:
    4

OVERALL SCORE: 5
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    5
  • Grill:
    5
  • Staff:
    5

OVERALL SCORE: 5
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    5
  • Grill:
    5
  • Staff:
    5

"Beautiful place! Amazing number and size of sand traps. A lot of forced carries over sand. My son is a much better golfer with length and he loved this course. But we played 3 terrific courses. Prestwick, Thistle and Heritage are spectacular."
OVERALL SCORE: 5
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    5
  • Grill:
    4
  • Staff:
    5

"The course has three nines, all of which are a pleasure to play. Great design and the courses were well maintained. I would play there over and over again."
OVERALL SCORE: 5
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    4
  • Grill:
    4
  • Staff:
    5

"What a gem! This is by FAR the best course I have ever played. I used to frequent some of the top rated, south end courses and I cant tell how excited I am that Thistle is still a bit of a secret! Its not a circus like some of the other courses. Dont get me wrong, Myrtle Beach is smoothered in beautiful courses, but Thistle is top notch. From the amazing clubhouse, to the greens. "
OVERALL SCORE: 5
  • Tees:
    5
  • Greens:
    5
  • Fairways:
    5
  • Pro shop:
    5
  • Grill:
    5
  • Staff:
    5
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