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.
10 by Greg - 10/24/2014
I play this course quite frequently and it's amazing. I love the serene atmosphere. Fairways and greens are in great shape. The clubhouse is like no other in the area and the food is excellent. I have never played Caledonia but I have played the Dye course at barefoot and the Dunes Club and would choose The Thistle over them. Also, the 27 hole layout gives you variety when you want to replay.
10 by Michael - 10/24/2014
Amazing conditions and the services provided are TOP NOTCH.
10 by Josh - 10/24/2014
I recently had the privilege of playing the Thistle Golf Club in Sunset Beach. Being a Myrtle Beach resident for the past six years, I have had the opportunity to play many of area's nicest courses. The Thistle Golf club takes the crown. The experience starts when you pull thru the gates, continues as you see the clubhouse for the first time, when you meet the friendly staff that is filled with personality, and carries thru all 27 holes. This course is manicured to the tee and the staff has given attention to every small detail. This is a must play course that has no excuses.
9 by Lloyd - 10/24/2014
My group of 24 has been coming to Myrtle Beach to play golf for 16 years. Twice a year for 7 days at a time. Spring and fall. As of last year we only had 4 courses on the list yet to play. Thistle was one of them. I'm heartbroken that we didn't get to it sooner. It has easily climbed into the top spot for our group. And we have some very critical members of our group. EVERYTHING about this place is top notch. Before we left we called our agent and booked it for the next trip which we have only done one other time. We were ecstatic about Thistle. That clubhouse setting, food and treatment were as if we were at a private club in Scotland. I may not be an expert, and only a lucky 8 handicap but I will tell anyone that will listen: you're missing the best experience if you don't play Thistle. This is by far the best experience on the beach. Thank you Thistle for your commitment to the customer. It doesn't go unnoticed. I also bought a beautiful logo jacket, a towel and a cooler full of beer. I was thanked at least 2 times from each person for my purchases. Thistle, we will see you every April and every October until we can't play golf anymore.
10 by Thomas (Perry Hall, MD) - 10/23/2014
Loved the course. It would have been even better if not "cart path only"!
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
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.