Thistle Golf Club in Myrtle Beach has recently earned an overall rating of 8.6 from reviewers at the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, garnering praise for customer service, course design and condition, and overall experience. Click here to see Thistle’s most recent reviews.
Designer Tim Cate and owners Robert and Mort Hansen set out to build one of the premier courses on the North Strand in 1999 with a philosophy being “Ferocious, yet Fair.” The dramatic 27-hole layout reflects its 1815 Scottish heritage and has been rated “4.5 stars” by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” “We firmly established from the onset here that we were going to be the most customer service-oriented golf course in the Grand Strand,” says course director Dan Oschmann.
Thistle Golf Club is the only course in Myrtle Beach that has 12-minute tee times and is the cornerstone for the business, which almost always puts you on a hole by yourself and brings back customers for repeat play. No. 4, the most talked about hole on the South Nine, is a 543-yard par 5 from the back tees that requires a tee shot over a large pond to the right that will set up for a nice second shot into the green or lay-up, depending on the length of the tee shot.
8 by Frank (Aiken, SC) - 04/25/2015
Starter looked like he could use some help. We teed off about 15 minutes later than scheduled, but it was a good day.
10 by Tony (Fairfax, VA) - 04/21/2015
Everything at Thistle was top notch. Challenging and a must play course.
8 by Timothy - 03/17/2015
Absolute chaos at the drop area. 3 nine holes course and total confusion. Our tee time got pushed back for 20 minutes for no reason other than they were building groups on the fly. I was quite upset that you make a tee time and other people who show up get paired and out the go ahead of you. As for the course, we played Stewart which is a good layout and in nice shape but when we finished that nine and went to the McKay course it was the opposite as far as maintenance goes. Painted greens with very little grass to putt on. They were extremely fast and chewed up. The overall layout is okay but with bad greens it was disappointing. Overall it was only OKAY and I expected more. I always try to give an honest review and this is the best I can do evaluating this course. Not really worth the trip up from the south end of the Grand Strand.
10 by Chuck - 02/18/2015
Great day on the links! Josh and Narcy made our day perfect! Thanks again!
10 by Dave W. - 02/13/2015
Exceptional course in excellent shape.
9 by Brian - 01/27/2015
Great course layout. Staff was easy to work with and folks on the course were pleasant to converse with. Cart girls were excellent and we even got invited to the Christmas party that evening. Looking forward to playing there again...SOON!!!
9 by William - 01/27/2015
Great layout and staff. This was one fun day in December. Beautiful weather set the stage for a great round of golf with friends. Staff was very pleasant to us and made us feel really welcome even though they were busy as usual.
8 by Tom - 01/27/2015
My experience that day was more staff oriented than course. Sue Dillman was working the pro shop checking us in. There was a price discrepancy between us and Sue was not able to verify what we had been told 2 days before golf. She was very professional even though she was uncertain that what we said was correct. In the end she made a decision, discussed it with the head Pro and all was settled. We appreciated that. The course itself is always kept in pristine condition. With all the water we have had that is no simple feat. We enjoy the Thistle and always are treated very well there. A real professional group of people.
10 by Mike - 01/27/2015
What a beautiful golf course. This is one of my favorites. The staff is wonderful you will be treated like a special guest. Please stop in the club house and have a beer its a beautiful place. You will love it here.
10 by James - 01/26/2015
This is one of the best golf courses in NC and SC the greens and the fairways are just beautiful. You cannot go wrong playing this golf course. And when you are done with your round please make it a point to go into the clubhouse its what every clubhouse should look like. The food was excellent and the staff is wonderful you wont be dissappointed.
Golf’s first major of the year, the Masters, arrives at majestic Augusta National each April and with it the dawning of a new golf season. For years, prior to heading to Augusta to cover the Masters, the national golf media took advantage of the similarly gorgeous spring weather in Myrtle Beach — the largest city along South Carolina’s coastal “Grand Strand” — where they annually held their season-opening Golf Writer’s Association of America tournament.