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4.7
383 Reviews (383)
5 Stars
277
4 Stars
81
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
10
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.6
96.9%
Recommend this course
363 out of 383 reviews
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4.8
81 Reviews (81)
5 Stars
66
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.9
Value
4.6
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.9
97.5%
Recommend this course
79 out of 81 reviews
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4.8
125 Reviews (125)
5 Stars
104
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.6
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
98.4%
Recommend this course
123 out of 125 reviews
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Holes 9
Type Public
Par 35
Length 3351 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A
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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

4.7
383 Reviews (383)

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 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/29/2021

Thank you for the excellent rating!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Annual Must Play

A fan of many courses in the northern grand strand but had not been back here in years. A wonderful track. Great amenities and in perfect condition. This will be in my annual vacation rota. Worth the price of admission.

Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 08/09/2021

Birdman80, thank you for the awesome rating! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another great experience, and thanks for choosing Thistle Golf Club - Cameron Course.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/21/2021

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Thistle Golf Club - Cameron Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

First Class Golf Outing Venue

Thistle is known to be a top course in the region, and GM Kevan Moore and Pro Brian Eckley proved it today to 180 golfers in an annual fundraiser outing hosted by the Committee to Honor Americas Veterans, a local charity supporting veterans in the region. The entire operation was smooth as silk - conditions were perfect, food and service was excellent, the bag drop and starter operation was professional, and participants had a great time. The entire operation deserves its high ratings and we will be pleased to come back again next year!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/21/2021

Thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Thistle Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/16/2021

Thank you for visiting us at Thistle Golf Club! We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

SPENCER

Pace of play too slow. One nine was shut down. Made. Turn in 1:45. Had to wait 45 minutes to play back nine.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/10/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Thistle Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Beautiful Golf Course

Beautiful golf course, in very nice condition. The greens were perfect but very challenging

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/03/2021

We are so happy you enjoyed your round! We look forward to seeing you again soon at Thistle Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/01/2021

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Thistle Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Courses

I was a single and jumped out with the front starting team at 7:55 AM start. We cruised through Stewart in less than an hour and a half. Plays very true. Greens were in top condition and shot locations were clear. Difficult and fun. I will be playing another 18 or 27 late this week.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/27/2021

Thank you for your review! We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Thistle Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 79
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/03/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Thistle Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Hot weather
Used cart

Best Course close to Sunset Beach

Found a great deal on GolfNow for a mid-afternoon tee time and happy I did!

(Note: Google Maps is screwed up and not showing the correct physical location for the course. After going to random apartment building, I used the typed directions on Thistle's website to find course.)

From the moment I arrived, the experience at Thistle was great. Cart guys were very helpful in taking bag, directing me to pro shop, practice area, etc.

Since course is a combination of 3 9's, I played the Stewart and Mackay 9's as my 18 holes. Course is in great shape, with bermuda greens that rolled smooth and true. Fairways are best I saw out of three courses I played in Sunset Beach. By FAR, this is the best course I saw in Sunset Beach. You can see many maintenance staff working to support the course, which is why it is so great. Keep up the great work!

Stewart 9 was good and somewhat challenging mostly because of the water. (There are GATORS,,,) Mackay was more difficult and required more planning and accuracy than Stewart.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you want to play a well maintained, challenging course with very professional staff. (Just be wary if you are using GPS to get there!!!)

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 05/27/2021

We are so happy you enjoyed your visit with us! We hope to see you again soon at Thistle Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 05/11/2021

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Thistle Golf Club! We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Brown Thistle

There was a large crowd when we arrived for an afternoon tee time. The staff was friendly and efficient getting all the groups rolling out on the 3, 9- hole loops. We never had to wait the whole round. The fairways played firm and fast having not greened up all the way. The greens were a bit slow with fair amount of slope. It was over priced compared to other courses in the area with equal or better conditions. Really liked the layout, pace of play and overall experience.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/04/2021

Thank you for your review! We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Thistle Golf Club! We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome course.

I will definitely be playing here again. Greens are in great shape and the course is very well-maintained. If you can get a hot deal on Golfnow it is worth every penny. Also the wild life is awesome, got to see a few alligators, and some big turkeys walking around.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/11/2021

Wow! We are so happy you enjoyed your round! We look forward to seeing you again soon at Thistle Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 05/03/2021

Thank you for visiting us at Thistle Golf Club! We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 6
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 04/30/2021

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Thistle Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 04/30/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Thistle Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Medieval

Awesome clubhouse. One of my favorite courses to play

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 05/04/2021

Thank you for your kind words and feedback! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Thistle Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 04/28/2021

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Thistle Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 04/27/2021

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Thistle Golf Club!

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