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 Toni - 01/22/2015
Thistle is one of my favorite courses to play. It's "lady friendly" but definitely presents a fair challenge and I always enjoy the beautiful natural landscaping. We've had a lot of rain recently in the area, but the course drains pretty well and it's in great shape! The food in the grill is excellent and Narcy makes you feel at home!
10 by Bill - 01/20/2015
Great golf course. A little squishy today from all the rain but still 90 degrees for carts. Beautiful layout with no houses right on the holes. Clubhouse is fantastic and staff is great. In process of converting the greens so some difference between the 9's - but will be finished this year.
9 by George - 01/02/2015
This 3 nine-hole golf course is a gem in the Myrtle Beach Area. Just north of the South Carolina border it is a first class facility. The course is well maintained and improvements are continually being made. Currently the sand traps are being improved with new drainage and sand. The clubhouse is the nicest in the area by far. The staff is very professional. I highly recommend this golf club. The food is excellent as well.
10 by James - 01/01/2015
I have played about 75 courses in NC and SC and the Thistle ranks in my top 3 courses. The greens and the fairways are beautiful.The staff was wonderful. Now we come to the clubhouse, this is what every clubhouse should look like. Please play this course I promise you it's awesome.
10 by Mark - 12/30/2014
The golf course was in great shape on the day of our tournament. The staff was very friendly and the food after was wonderful.
10 by Ed - 12/30/2014
We played here with our regular Thursday group which on this day we had sixteen guys. We were welcomed in the clubhouse by a very friendly lady who got us all checked in. The course itself was in very good condition all the work they have done on the sand traps has paid off. We have had a lot of rain and they were very playable. I enjoy playing this course as it has some features you do not see on some of the other local courses. We all stayed and had lunch in the grill and even though the young lady was working by her self she did a great job and the food was good.
8 by Charley - 12/29/2014
I was a part of the Dragon outing. The wait to check in was very long; what made it almost irritating is the fact that there was another employee standing next to the gentleman checking folks in, but he wasn't helping. Similarly, it would seem that loading the carts would be more efficient. The Dragons provide a list of foursomes, almost everyone has names on their bags, and yet the team loading the carts had to call out our names before loading us up. This puts some pressure on our need to warm up, as we need to be there for them to identify us. The course was in wonderful shape. There isn't much I can offer by way of improvement there, it's just a great place to play golf! The starter and rangers were very polite, which is always a plus!
10 by Paul - 12/28/2014
Simply Awesome! Always a treat to play at this fabulous Golf Course! All 5 Star from Tee Box, thru Fairways and onto the Greens! Setting, Clubhouse, Pro Shop, Atmosphere, Conditions and impeccible service only add to total package!!!
10 by mluckett - 12/27/2014
GREAT course. Always love playing here.
9 by Don - 12/27/2014
We played with a large group and had to wait a long time to get signed in. They should have had a second person helping with the sign in process. The food was good except the chips were way too salty to the point they were almost inedible. Service was excellent.
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.