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4.6
261 Reviews (261)
5 Stars
176
4 Stars
61
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
9
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
94.1%
Recommend this course
243 out of 261 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
4.7
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
22
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.9
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
96.4%
Recommend this course
27 out of 28 reviews
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4.6
45 Reviews (45)
5 Stars
32
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.8%
Recommend this course
44 out of 45 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Par 35
Length 3351 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A
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Thistle Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens TifEagle Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tim Cate (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in North Carolina (2020 #13) (2016 #1) (2015 #9)
  • Golf Advisor: Golfers' Choice (2016 #14)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Course Conditions in the U.S. (2016 #6)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Off-course amenities in the U.S. (2016 #14)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Courses for Layout in the U.S. (2016 #11)

Reviews

4.6
261 Reviews (261)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 17
Patio Dining 12
19th Hole Scenic Views 11
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 26
Water Hazards 26
Forced Carries 25
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 21
Locals 19
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 15
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 26
Convenient to the City 6
In the 'Burbs 6

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Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful

The course was in excellent shape and the greens were top notch. Expensive compared to some courses in the area, but worth it. Difficult track but if you’re up for the challenge, it’s pretty amazing.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Thistle - Stewart/ Mackay

Beautiful entrance and clubhouse. Great service from the bag drop, pro shop, food service and cart girl. Very organized and well run. Course was in very good shape. The two nines we play were a challenging layout. Not sure I would pay the highest rate. We played after 1 to get the afternoon rate. It was extremely hot the day we played (August heat in NC). I would like to come back and play the Cameron nine, I would recommend a trip here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Costal Carolina golf

Very interesting layout receptive greens wonderful helpful staff
Must play when in the area

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Scheduling is flawed

Had 1st tee time at 7:45 and was told play slow can’t play back 9 until 10am. Then at 10 they put a foursome out right in front of my twosome. Course is amazing and always is great shape but scheduling system is flawed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Wet day at thistle

Absolutely love the layout at thistle. Recent rains forced cart path only, but my group still had a great time. Tee boxes were a little choppy but the fairways and greens were in excellent condition.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Played in under 4 hours on a Saturday. The course is in great condition, as always. Thistle has become my favorite course in the area since I consider it a demanding, yet fair, challenge for golfers of all experience levels.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout

Greens very fast and hard to read. Fairways wet and spongy. Enjoyed the day.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Scotland across the Pond

This course captures the flavour of the true links as well as any on this side of the "big Atlantic hazard". The clubhouse alone is worth the price of admission, with a huge fireplace and a grand timbered structure. A great experience and test drive for a trip overseas,

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of the best in the area

First time playing the Thistle in sunset beach. Wish I had played it sooner. It is now one of my favorites in the MB area. I will play it every time I come down. Our foursome played the Cameron 9 and Stewart 9. We liked both however the Stewart 9 was our favorite. The course amenities are second to none. The staff from bag drop to maintenance crews were excellent. The greens were perfect and tee boxes were also. The only reason I cannot give a 5 stars is that the fairways had not been mowed in a couple days. In there defense it had rained two days prior and some spots were still wet. Even in spite of that carts were 90 degrees and fairways were playable. Pace of play was 4 hours and 15 mins with a stop at the turn. Food was top notch as well with excellent service. Cant wait to come back and play the Mackay 9.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 37
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Always fun

Great golf course. A must when you are in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 128
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Rake the bunkers or charge less

Great course that could be great except bunkers look like litter boxes

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

This course is a gem

Absolutely loved playing this course. Greeted by starter who set the tone for the day, extremely friendly. Immaculate greens, well manicured fairways. My only complaint is the bunkers were not raked from previous days play, did not affect my play, love the layout. Will play again regardless of price.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful Myrtle Beach area golf

We had a great day playing an awesome course in Myrtle Beach. With all the rain the course was still in great shape. Greens were slippery but fair and rolled smooth.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Post storm round

Course was very soggy after torrential downfall but course was playable and we were offered a chance to come back another day. This is one of the nicest places to play in Brunswick county - definitely an upper tier course

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fantastic Links Style Course!

What a great place! Played Cameron and Mackay - fantastic layout and course conditions were really good for August. Staff was very friendly and accommodating to allow the Wife and I play as a two-some. Fairways were great and the greens were fast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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