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.
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.