Thistle Golf Club - MacKay Course
|Thistle M: 74.4/141||429||396||211||397||422||184||555||395||558||3547||6997|
|Blue M: 71.9/134||392||350||192||370||399||171||546||358||530||3308||6495|
|White M: 69.5/126 W: 75.2/140||371||334||159||347||371||144||526||340||500||3092||6041|
|Gold M: 66.7/112 W: 71.7/131||315||301||158||297||353||129||503||294||426||2776||5356|
|Red M: 63.5/106 W: 64.7/112||291||277||125||267||261||108||360||266||400||2355||4612|
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Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Banquet Facilities
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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. .
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!
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!
Course was wet, and was cart path only. However, it was a great layout with a combination of wide open fairways and strategy.
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.
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
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.