Thistle Golf Club - MacKay Course

4.5250470588 4.5 stars from 5 (146)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Length: 3547 yards
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Thistle 36 3547 yards 0.0 0
Blue 36 3308 yards 0.0 0
White 36 3092 yards 0.0 0
Gold 36 2776 yards 0.0 0
Red 36 2355 yards 0.0 0

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 146 Reviews
5 stars:
102
4 stars:
29
3 stars:
6
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

136 out of 146 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city near local attractions   Great for advanced golfers locals a bucket list/top 100 pick   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Best Golf Club on the Grand Strand"


u000003451789's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

We played the Stewart and Mackay nines. What a beautiful golf course. Fairways are well maintained, greens rolled very fast. There is lots of water on this course, but the layout makes play reasonable.

Accuracy is very important, with a few forced carries over water. This course will always be on the schedule to play when in the Myrtle Beach area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 11/21/2017:

Thank you for the 5* review! Thank you for the kind words about the course and we look forward to having you back next time!

"A golf classic"


mglenday's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/07/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Thistle is one of my favorite courses in Myrtle Beach. Challenging but fair. In great condition considering I played in November.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 11/16/2017:

Thank you for the kind review! We are so glad that you enjoyed the challenge of the course!

"Long day"


u000007977783's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was very well maintained. Greens fast but fair. Pace of play very poor. Over 5 hours for a round. Rangers came by and did nothing. Not an inexpensive course but they didn’t seem to care if we finished or not. Played the last two holes in near dark. Be careful making afternoons tee time.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 10/31/2017:

Thank you for the positive review. We are sorry to hear that you were not happy with the pace of play.

"Great Value for the money"


Lou3329690's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I play there every year, It's a must play. Course conditions never fail to meet our expectations


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 10/24/2017:

Thank you for the 5* review!


Peter7340798's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overcrowded with no marshals in the afternoon so very slow

Usual rate 134 dollars so overpriced and not really worth what we paid

club house beautiful


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 10/23/2017:

We are sorry to hear you were upset about the pace of play. Aside from that we still hope you enjoyed the course!

"Great time on the course"


irishcheek's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First round of golf for the week, first time visitors and would play this course again. Pace of play was great and course was in great shape. Staff were very friendly and we enjoyed our round :-) See you on our next visit!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 10/31/2017:

Thank you for the 5* review! We look forward to having you back again next time!

"Beach Golf"


u00000342062's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played the course as a twosome and with a chance of rain and after horn blew and a 40 minute delay we still played in under four hours. The conditions of the course were good. The greens rolled around a 9 and fairways and tees were well manicured. I didn't think the course had much character all the holes were right in front of you. The outside staff offered great service and even cleaned the clubs after the round. I don't think the course is worth golfnow rate.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 10/13/2017:

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback! We are happy to hear you had such a wonderful experience at the course and look forward to having you back again soon!

"It's a peach!"


uRPCF6839RP's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Play here every time I come to the Beach. It's a must play and worth the trip from South Myrtle Beach. Use 22 then 31 North then 17 then 179! Course condition is always great and the staff on the ball. Book a tee time through GolfNow and get a bargain with a hot deal!.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/28/2017:

Thank you for another 5* review! We are glad you always make time to come play when you are visiting!


u000002946836's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/27/2017:

Thank you for the 5* review!

"Not a prickly proposition!"


uRPCF6839RP's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played here in the spring when the greens had suffered from incorrect application of fertilisers. I was impressed by the layout and the honesty of the club in informing us that the greens were not at their best. I'm pleased to say that the greens are now fully recovered and are in excellent nick! The course is obviously well maintained.The bag drop staff are super and the overall attention to detail is terrific! Even the tee reservations ticket is a cut above the rest! The pro shop staff and bar personnel are of a high quality befitting a club of this standing. The multiple tees make the course playable for all levels of golfer and all are welcomed. Not the cheapest but certainly one of the very best. It's always on my 'must play' Myrtle Beach list! It should be on yours too!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/25/2017:

Thank you for the 5* review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the greens and look forward to having you back again soon!

"Beautiful club house and cours"


u171837108's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Can not wait to play this course again. One of my new favorites in the Mrytle Beach area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/25/2017:

Thank you for the 5* review!

"Great Layout"


ronleibel's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything about the round at The Thistle was very good. The quality of the facilities is first rate. All of the staff was friendly and helpful. The course itself was all the fun you want in a good golf course. The greens were excellent although difficult to putt due to the undulations and fast conditions. Even though the back nine had just been top dressed it did not adversely affect play at all (dressing was very fine and thinly applied).


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/25/2017:

Thank you so much for the 5* review! We appreciate the kind words about our course and staff and hope to see you again soon!

"Could be better"


rcglfr1010's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First off for the price range balls should be included. Course was crowded but never saw a ranger. Bag drop guys not very friendly. 90 degrees but only 1 water location each 9 holes.

Upscale price but not service to match


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/22/2017:

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. Customer service is incredibly important to us so we will make sure to pass your message onto our staff.


Nick2917521's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the round and played with a partner who was friendly


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/22/2017:

Thank you for the 5* review!


Bridget7278412's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/22/2017:

Thank you!

"Great views"


u5940495's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in very good shape and the greens were great. We love playing this course. It's always in great shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/18/2017:

Thank you for the 5* review!


rcbedard's avatar
Skill:  Advanced

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/12/2017:

Thank you!


u000005687846's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/12/2017:

Thank you for the 5* review!

"Great course & staff"


dmharr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in pristine condition and all the staff were just great. The course is open but challenging water holes with strategic sand traps made for thoughtful game play. Highly recommend!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/12/2017:

Thank you for the 5* review! We appreciate the recommendation!

"As good as it gets"


Tommy3973268's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The wife and I are avg golfers. We loved this course. It was forgiving on about half the holes, and a little tight on others. We shot our avg; 88 and 92. Fairways and greens were well maintained. It's worth the drive from MB. You can play at cheaper courses and many more expensive ones in the MB area. If you can get a hot deal at Thistle, do it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Thistle Golf Club on 09/29/2017:

Thank you for the 5* review! We are so glad to hear you and your wife had an enjoyable day on the course. Come back soon!


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