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.
9 by John - 02/25/2014
This was a great course. Greens were fast but true and fair. Our group played all 27 holes and we all enjoyed it greatly. Great hot dogs too.
9 by John (Ephrata, PA) - 01/03/2014
Thistle is a great value. For the price it is as good as any of the premium courses in Myrtle Beach. The course conditions were excellent for December. Tees, fairways, green complexes, and bunkers all very playable. The greens were fast and the putts rolled nicely. I played with 2 local gentlemen for 18 holes. Then, I played the third nine by myself. They had a great deal for the Holidays, the replay rate for only $10 for the third nine and it included lunch and a nice draft beer. You can't beat that! I will definitely play Thistle again and recommend it to all my friends.
10 by Gary - 12/20/2013
This course is a challenge to play. Conditions were outstanding. The greens are at the top of the list for true roll and condition. Would be happy to play here on every trip to MB.
5 by Bruce (Milwaukee, WI) - 11/26/2013
Not that it matters but in 40 years of golf I have never been treated so rudely by course staff. Arriving 30 minutes before our tee time the check in person said "we wondered if you were showing up" The bag person refused to load out clubs and did not give any explanation other than "we'll do it when it is your time" When I asked where we could hit balls he just pointed.
The course itself offers NO bounce and roll despite being dry. Greens are surrounded by penal bunkers. No doubt giving it the high slope rating it has. Beware of pictures. There are three 9's and the hole most often pictured on the net must have been on the one we did not play. We would never play here again. There are many better courses than this.
7 by Bill (Pittsburgh, PA) - 11/21/2013
Overall a pleasant experience
10 by Jeff (Hagerstown, MD) - 11/19/2013
9 by Robert - 11/12/2013
My friend and I we played this KOOL golf course on the 17/10/2013. It is a golf to play when you go to Myrtle Beach. The tees,greens and fairways are all top of the line. The only thing we didnot like was that when you book online it say's that you will receive a free yardage book at the Pro Shop but when your there they say that they dont have it anymore(this would of been a nice souvenir of the golf course to keep and show to our friends so that they also book Thistle Golf Club when they go to Myrtle Beach). We where happy to play that golf course but sad we missed the yardage book promess. Robert and Armand the two QUÉBECERS from Montréal.
7 by William (Climax, NY) - 11/05/2013
Beautiful course in great shape. Loved the layout and would definitely play again next year. No beverages on the course was a real downer leading to the grill getting such a bad grade!! Very fancy clubhouse and pro shop.
10 by John (Augusta, GA) - 10/24/2013
9 by Codey (Raleigh, NC) - 10/18/2013
I always enjoy the immaculate condition of the Thistle. The course is very challenging and picturesque.