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 Peter (Upperco, MD) - 10/22/2014
Good design. Good challenge. No gimmicks.
10 by Jack (Stevensville, PA) - 10/20/2014
Best course on the Beach. Great staff, great facility and great course. Dunes, Caledonia, Thistle, True Blue, Tidewater in that order, pretty good company. Will be on our groups list for many years to come.
10 by Kristy - 10/17/2014
Thistle Golf Club is a MUST play. Arrived today to a bagpiper, dressed in full Scottish attire, walking the cart path around bag drop and the putting green playing the pipes....classy touch. The golf course, clubhouse and staff were outstanding. Do not pass this course up. A top 3 course in my opinion. CAN'T WAIT TO BE BACK!
10 by Ken - 10/17/2014
Played 3 rounds while in Myrtle Beach and the Thistle was my favorite. They had a bag piper to start the day and a Taylor Made demo. I purchased new clubs and can't wait to come back to try them out. The course was in great shape with brand new greens, the staff was really friendly including the GM Mr. Roderick who joined our group for lunch.
10 by Carl (RR1 Desoranto, Ontario) - 10/17/2014
10 by Joel (Orleans, Ontario) - 10/15/2014
First time playing Thistle and the clubhouse and course was simply amazing! Played Cameron & Stewart and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The attendants and starters were friendly and courteous.
10 by Steve (The Villages, FL) - 10/13/2014
10 by Richard (Pittsburgh, PA) - 10/07/2014
Can't say enough about Thistle. Played all 3 nines and liked each better than the one before. Tees, fairways, greens all in outstanding condition. The rough is really rough with a combo of Scottish and Carolina growth. The staff was outstanding - and very accommodating. Grounds people get kudos for the superb maintainance and grooming. Can't wait to go back.
6 by Bruce - 09/29/2014
Many of the fairways were virtually unplayable because of standing water.
10 by Paul (Wallingford, CT) - 09/24/2014
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.