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4.6
239 Reviews (239)
5 Stars
158
4 Stars
58
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
8
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.5
93.9%
Recommend this course
222 out of 239 reviews
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4.7
21 Reviews (21)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.9
100.0%
Recommend this course
21 out of 21 reviews
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4.7
40 Reviews (40)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.5%
Recommend this course
39 out of 40 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Par 36
Length 3547 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
239 Reviews (239)

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 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good track, a little overpriced

Played the Stewart to Mackay route. Stewart had some interesting holes but it seemed fairly average to me. Mackay was a much more exciting 9 in my view although both gave a fair test. Course is was in as good of shape as expected in the summer heat and the beverage cart came frequently which was a plus with no water on the course or coolers in the cart. Overall, I think this experience was slightly overpriced for the hot summer days. I would pay $90 in prime season but in July it was a bit excessive all things considered.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Top Five course on the Grand Strand

The course was in great shape. Never disappointed.
Green rolled true, fairways were plush.
Played Cameron and Stewart.
Lots of water and green side bunkers.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Top notch course

this is an excellent course immaculate tee ti green. On par with tobacco road, tpc wakefield, pinehurst number 4, river landing. Basicalky a private course letting you play for now until membership numbers increase. Only complaint got behind some members and ranger said he could not ask them to let play through.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
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 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Good Course

The staff were extremely professional, although I did not feel like I was wanted on the premises by the men in the clubhouse nor the cart attendants. The beverage cart lady and the starter were extremely friendly and kind, somewhat making up for the poor treatment I received elsewhere at the facility. The course itself was in excellent condition, and the layout was very tough and enjoyable. Doubt I will go back, but it was a fun one-time play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great time with the grandsons

Took my two grandsons out for a round of golf at probably the most environmentally attractive course in the Ocean Isle area

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
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 55
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 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 2
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

One of My Favorites in the Carolinas!

Thistle is one of those gorgeous Linx golf venues that is truly an experience. The course is comprised of 3 x 9 nines, always in pristine condition, and nothing negative to say about any of them! Stewart has an intimidating but totally playable elevated 9th green, lots of fun.

We enjoy it...From the stately clubhouse that makes you feel like you're somewhere between a Vail Colorado ski lodge and an European escape, to the friendly staff and good food (even for grab and go), it's a wonderful day out. Definitely go and use Tee Time to save a bundle off the rate.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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
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