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4.6
231 Reviews (231)
5 Stars
153
4 Stars
55
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
8
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.5
93.5%
Recommend this course
214 out of 231 reviews
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4.6
15 Reviews (15)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
Recommend this course
15 out of 15 reviews
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4.7
35 Reviews (35)
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.1%
Recommend this course
34 out of 35 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Par 36
Length 3450 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A
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Thistle Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1999
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 (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
231 Reviews (231)

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

Thistle golf

Other than the check in/bag drop being a bit cumbersome, thoroughly enjoyed the course. Staff very friendly, course in fantastic condition, and pace of play outstanding. Best conditioned course I have played in MB area in a long time. I recommend highly.

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

What an Excellent Course

First time playing this course at Sunset Beach NC. Came over from Holden and was so pleasantly surprised. This course is fantastic - top notch. The service is great and the course was not only in great (GREAT) shape) but also a fantastic design. If you are a local - the price is amazingly low. But this is well worth a trip. I have been to some fantastic course around the USA and this is up there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 49
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Great Course

Really enjoyed our round. The course is beautiful and is in good shape. Great effort is made to maintain the natural beauty of the area. Play was a little slow at times but picked up near the end of the round. The only real negative was the beverage service. The young lady was great but our beverages were not cold at all. This was disapppinting as it was a very hot day. In any case, go play Thistle.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great course great fub

Played this course when it first opened and it is still just as fun. What a great gem and interating layout. Played Stewart/Macay overall great condition although still recovering from being punched. Challenging course with plenty of beauty and well worth the trip!!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout but tee boxes need updating

Wife and I played Thistle as we usually do on our trip to NMB. Always enjoy the course. Wife loves the facilities (clubhouse, restaurant, outdoor seating area, on course restrooms, etc). All 3 nines are great layouts. However several of the boxes could use some updating, Need to be leveled as several were lumpy. Should be better tee boxes to match the high quality of rest of course. Also, the greens on Stewart were a good bit slower than the greens on MacKay. Also, I’d suggest installing GPS system in carts. Really helpful to see hole layouts and get distances to any area quickly which helps speed up play. Finally, I’d like to have seen staff wearing masks to help protect the customers of Thistle. Overall really enjoyed our day at Thistle but hope some improvements are made in near future. .

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging but fair

The staff was friendly and helpful. The course was in very good shape, especially this early into the golf season. It is a very challenging layout, but is also fair. We enjoyed the track very much!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Overall you cannot give this course antyhing but 5 stars. They were dooing a great job managing the COVID 19 constraints so services were partially available The staff was excellent and very friendly, loved the course, it is pricey so not something I wold do on a regular basis. But great course wold highly recommend it!

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Memorial Weekend

Course was wet, and was cart path only. However, it was a great layout with a combination of wide open fairways and strategy.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Amazing

This golf course is in the best shape of any course I have played in months. Most people have a problem paying $100 for a round of golf, I don't and it was money well spent. I will be hers for a couple months and I will definitely play a couple more times before I leave. Also, I am from Orlando, where I played many different great golf courses in the last couple months.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Marvelous

This course is in the best condition I have played in a long time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

The course was in great shape for this time of year, and a big rain yesterday, really enjoy playing this course
challenging layout and very scenic, staff are very friendly

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Thistle

First time playing course, was impressed with facility and grounds. I was disappointed with a course of this caliber that there wasn’t any rangers for pace of play. Back nine there 4 groups on at least 3 holes.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Thistle

Lots of water and woods but it’s playable and greens are very good.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Outstanding Course / Great Layout

Outstanding course, scenery and layout in excellent condition. Layout is challenging, but fair for scoring with a few well-placed shots. Greens are fast, but true. Staff was friendly and conscientious. Pro shop was pristine. Course restrooms were outstanding.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
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 4
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 9
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
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