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4.4
195 Reviews (195)
5 Stars
128
4 Stars
44
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
8
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
89.4%
Recommend this course
179 out of 195 reviews
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4.3
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.3
85.2%
Recommend this course
23 out of 27 reviews
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4.3
36 Reviews (36)
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.4
86.1%
Recommend this course
31 out of 36 reviews
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Holes 9
Type Public
Par 36
Length 3450 yards
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
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Thistle Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Thistle 36 3450 yards
Blue 36 3187 yards
White 36 2949 yards
Gold 36 2580 yards
Red 36 2257 yards
Scorecard for Cameron / Stewart
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out Total
Thistle M: 73.6/138 370 414 433 183 518 421 380 206 525 3450 6801
Blue M: 71.2/131 349 356 410 156 475 396 355 190 500 3187 6355
White M: 68.5/123 W: 74.4/137 326 326 363 134 446 376 337 164 477 2949 5843
Gold M: 66.2/112 W: 71.0/129 270 271 309 108 428 315 286 144 449 2580 5163
Red W: 67.0/113 246 251 284 85 368 279 248 106 390 2257 4436
Handicap 14 8 10 16 6 12 4 18 2
Par 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 36 71
Handicap (W) 14 8 10 16 6 12 4 18 2

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

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  • 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)
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Reviews

4.4
195 Reviews (195)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
19th Hole Scenic Views 11
Patio Dining 11
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 26
Bunkers 25
Forced Carries 24
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 20
Locals 18
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 14
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 25
Convenient to the City 6
Near Local Attractions 6

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4.0
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Previously Played

Good round at thistle

First off, 7:45. Back nine times scheduled u til 9:55, so a 2:20 pace for 9 is pretty much guaranteed! ;(
Course in very good shape, fairways tees and greens all in great shape, but aeration beginning with collars and aprons

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good shape

Course conditions are great right now. Greens rolling true.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
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5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Always nice

A very nice course, in good conditions every time. The driving range bag could be a little more generous only about 20balls. Very enjoyable time!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Average course masquerading as a 5 star ciurse

Course was in ok shape, nothing spectacular. In no was is it a 150 dollar course.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
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 Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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3.0

Nice course but poorly run

Golf course was in good condition. But no ranger to keep play moving. We waited on every shot and that spoiled the day. Also, our cart brake did not lock and card holder was broken. For the price, we will not be going back.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
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
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

One of the best courses in NMB

One of the prettiest golf course/ housing developments around. The clubhouse is gorgeous and they have a great bar/ outdoor seating area. The course is definitely challenging and the bunkering and greens are world-class. I would HIGHLY recommend this course for the medium to advanced players. The only knocks I would have is the chipping area is very “rough” and I was surprised you have to buy range balls. For the price they charge, everyone should get a small bag of balls included. It did not match the high end experience of everything else the club has to offer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great golf, great castle clubhouse

Live in Wilmington and made trip down here. Payed $56 bucks. Golf staff, especially bag loaders, were extremely nice. Loved the course, great layout and very challenging. We loved it so much we wanted to play the 3rd 9 holes after and their rate is $50 for it?!? That is only complaint.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Really nice

Our group loved the course. Played all 27 holes. Nice layout. Plenty water and bunker challenges. Pace was really good. Starters and rangers were friendly. A lil bit over priced thoigh.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

I Really Liked This Course.

Interesting layout for all three nines and even though I played in the winter, the overseeing made the fairways plush. Great practice facilities and the staff are all very attentive and accommodating. Best course I have played in the area. Don't miss it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Would have been great if not for one very rude staff member

I played 18 holes here today, 3/11/19 while on my honeymoon. First of all the facilities and course were fantastic, it can be challenging from the tips but if you play smart there are plenty of birdie opportunities. Almost everyone I met was very polite and helpful. Now for why I'm giving a one star rating, I checked in and walked back outside to get a cart, the guys at the cart stand were very friendly, I had paid for a bag of driving range balls to warm up before my round and they directed me to park the cart in the parking spaces behind the driving range, my wife drove the cart to the paved parking spaces behind the range and began reading a book, I walked to a spot at the range and began hitting balls. Mid way through my backswing an older African American man who was also hitting balls on the range loudly told me I needed to move my cart as I was not allowed to park there. I informed him that I was directed to park there by the staff. He then began shouting at me in front of everyone at the range that he worked there and the staff work for him. I told him I would move the cart when I was done hitting range balls. He shouted at me again and told me to move the cart, I told him I only had 12 range balls left and will move it when I'm done with them. He left for a couple minutes I presume to talk to someone about me. When he came back he didn't say anything to me but was loudly telling the person next to him how rude I was and that you "can't make this stuff up". I have been playing golf for 19 years and have never been so disappointed at the behavior of a staff member as I was today. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be coming back as long as he is working at The Thistle.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Would have been a great round if not for a very rude staff member

I played 18 holes here today, 3/11/19 while on my honeymoon. First of all the facilities and course were fantastic, it can be challenging from the tips but if you play smart there are plenty of birdie opportunities. Almost everyone I met was very polite and helpful. Now for why I'm giving a one star rating, I checked in and walked back outside to get a cart, the guys at the cart stand were very friendly, I had paid for a bag of driving range balls to warm up before my round and they directed me to park the cart in the parking spaces behind the driving range, my wife drove the cart to the paved parking spaces behind the range and began reading a book, I walked to a spot at the range and began hitting balls. Mid way through my backswing an older African American man who was also hitting balls on the range loudly told me I needed to move my cart as I was not allowed to park there. I informed him that I was directed to park there by the staff. He then began shouting at me in front of everyone at the range that he worked there and the staff work for him. I told him I would move the cart when I was done hitting range balls. He shouted at me again and told me to move the cart, I told him I only had 12 range balls left and will move it when I'm done with them. He left for a couple minutes I presume to talk to someone about me. When he came back he didn't say anything to me but was loudly telling the person next to him how rude I was and that you "can't make this stuff up". I have been playing golf for 19 years and have never been so disappointed at the behavior of a staff member as I was today. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be coming back as long as he is working at The Thistle.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

A spectacular layout

What a great course, conditions were a little wet but the course was awesome, a little tough so pick the right tees, play this course if you get a chance

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Philly Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

no pushover

This 27-hold layout has some breather holes but overall it is a legitimate challenge. Water is nearly everywhere but only is it put in your face on a few holes. Mostly you can manage it. Greens were super fast and it was only early spring. Contours on greens combined with speeds created some interesting situations. I was fortunate to have been able to play all 27 holes.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
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
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Layout but VERY Wet

It’s been very wet in Myrtle lately, so it was cart path only, and mud balls were the norm today. Course was playable, but due to rain most holes were cut on crowns to ensure they stayed dry. This made for, let me call it an interesting day with the putter.

Now if I take the wetness away, the layout is amazing. Some really pretty holes. Most greens were in great shape, fairways though wet, were green & healthy. Teeblocks were also in great shape. I’d love to play here again after the course dries out. They have a practice range, which looked good, but was closed due to wetness.

Staff was very friendly. Only issue we really had was at the turn we went in to get sandwiches, and this took a bit of time, as they had to make them as we waited (however they were worth the wait). Bag guys, starter were all amazing. Beer cart girl was around a few times, but looked disinterested as she looked cold.

I paired up with some guys who have a townhouse in North Myrtle, and they say Thistle is one of their favourite courses in the area. I know, if the weather improves, I’ll give Thistle another go.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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