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 Fran - 11/21/2014
Overall great course. Played all three 9s. Great condition tee to green. Challenging design, makes you play all of your clubs. Our group used Thistle for our group dinner and it was also excellent, nearly fine dining. Staff are friendly and helpful.
10 by Tom B. - 11/20/2014
I played this course with a group in early November. I enjoyed the ambiance (patios, clubhouse, etc.). Mt favorite hole is Cameron 5. I don't like water surrounding the greens, but it made me feel like I was playing the famed TPC #17. A great challenge. The different tees really do provide some nice challenges. I wanted to play another 18, but I had no time. I will definitely play Thistle again.
10 by G.D. - 11/20/2014
I have played the Thistle 6 times over the the years, since opening. The beautiful façade of the clubhouse is stunning compared to the trailer when ya'll opened. I miss the the high wall that was taken out, my worst hole then.
10 by Brad - 11/19/2014
Had an excellent time at Thistle. The course was top notch. Challenging and very well maintained.
10 by Jason - 11/19/2014
Great course and great staff a must on a golfers list in Myrtle Beach.
10 by Gene - 11/19/2014
Great course and staff and must play while in Myrtle Beach early spring 2015. Green across the board...
9 by Jim - 11/19/2014
I played Thistle on November 5 as part of a group booking. The course was excellent in every way. The staff and club amenities were of high quality. The greens and fairways were in excellent condition and I throughly enjoyed playing the course. The course was well suited to my handicap and style of play. I would not hesitate to recommend or play again myself.
10 by Robert - 11/19/2014
Great challenging course especially on the green. I really enjoyed playing it but would need to play it more to get used to greens
10 by Pete - 11/19/2014
Great course in great condition. As a 70 year old, I found the senior tees to be more manageable than any of the other four courses we played in early November. I would play it again in a heartbeat.
10 by Randy - 11/18/2014
Great course and staff.
Thank you for putting together a wonderful banquet for the 40 of us. The food was much better than buffet ever is, and the course was in incredible shape for early November. Marcy and April were extremely attentive and friendly, and Rich was and always is friendly and helpful. Can't wait to go back.
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.