Thistle Golf Club

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Thistle Golf Club
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Thistle Golf Club & Estates is an exclusive golf and residential community, located in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, offering a limited 145 custom golf estates on 27 magnificent holes. Enjoy the finest in country club living with a luxury resort lifestyle, surrounded by an idyllic nature preserve, acres of wildflowers wetlands, and rare wildlife.
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Mike C
Greer, SC7 contributions
Played this course on 4-4-2020 and was very pleased. The clubhouse was immaculate and every one was very friendly. The course was in great shape including tee boxes,fairways greens and sand traps and there are alot of them. I would definetly play again.
Written April 7, 2020
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jerry b
Raleigh, NC1 contribution
Friends
Have played this course 50+ times, course is in great shape, bag staff and dining staff are terrific. New ownership took over in October of last year, staff inside the pro shop (Dennis somebody) was a jerk. Accused one of our players of trying to secure a local rate even though they charged us local rates 2 days before and we did not ask for it, even though I have a place at Sunset and one of our players is local. Tee times are now 8 minutes apart versus 12 minutes with prior ownership. Round took 5 hours which is entirely too long, 2-3 groups stacked up on the first tee and no rangers making sure people keep pace.

Great course, new ownership/management has made a lesser experience
Written April 28, 2014
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Craig P
Winston Salem, NC3 contributions
Friends
I wrote a review about the Thistle approx 18 months and I was very high on this course. Well, things have changed slightly at the Thistle. The course was still in really good shape, the guys who help unload your clubs are still really nice/helpful and the price is reasonable (also, they give you plenty of range balls versus the 10 balls they gave you in the past). What has changed? They went from 12 minute intervals to 8 minute intervals. Probably doesn't sound like a big change, but OMG. Historically you could expect 4-4.5 hour rounds; now, you are lucky to complete your round in 5.5 hours. Painful. Waited on virtually every shot. Lastly, the guy who worked behind the desk in the pro shop was, well, let me say, he should not be in a customer facing position. He was quick to point out that we are under new ownership and we are not a non-profit. Again, still love this course and I know the owners needed to make some changes to make the course sustainable. But, might need to might hjave gone a little far. I do hope they go the middle ground and go to 10 minute intervals, otherwise, they will lose some legacy loyal clients/golfers.
Written April 28, 2014
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Sherpa789842
2 contributions
Friends
Worst place for customer service I have ever had experienced. Was prorated for playing 2 holes in July due to rain out and then had an even worse on this week. Would not honor phone discussion on pricing and wanted $42 more person to play. Would not work with us so we left and went to Sea Trail who was very accommodating. Will not go back to the Thistle!
Written September 11, 2021
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Doug M
Derwood, MD2 contributions
Friends
The employees were arogant, rude , unprofessional, and lied...we booked the round and I went in their clubhouse the day before we were to play and was assured our rate was $29.00 per player when we showed up they wanted to charge us $85. Then they said $49 and we should be glad to get on such a nice course and people are happy to pay $85 to have this experience. After n half hour we got on for $29.00....the course is nondescript, plain jane, and just ok....my $8 hot dog was served on stale bun and the condiment table was covered with gnats.....stick your happy to pay $85 where the sun doesn't shine
Written July 18, 2014
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David R
North Carolina3 contributions
Friends
My old go to course failed me miserably on April 13, 2012. I just completed a golf trip with 5 buddies coming in from Texas, Maryland, WV and Scotland to stay at my beach house in Ocean Isle Beach NC. I booked The Thistle on day 2 of our trip with tee times in the early afternoon at 1:10 and 1:20pm (Thistle used to brag about the 12 minutes between tee times....I guess those days are gone). Anyway, the course was in shambles, both greens and fairways brown and bunkers in poor condition. I have played this course for 7 years now and it has always been great and worth the extra dollars until this last round. I was embarrassed as I had built up the facility to my buddies that day as a special treat but what a let down. The kicker is that it was $35-$45 more expensive than the other courses played( Rivers Edge, Oyster Bay, Carolina National and Cape Fear National) All of the above mentioned courses were in great condition except The Thistle.

F & B service has been atrocious on my last 3 visits as well -The worst bartender/server I have ever encountered (even a club member acknowledged this to me during a Jan round) $6 draft beer to go with no lids! I had asked for lids on each of previous 3 visits but got the "I just work here crap" I have no issue paying top dollar for golf, beer, anything for that matter as long as the experience is satisfying (exceeds expectations). Bottom line - many other options available in the MB area - try them!
Written April 23, 2012
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TGN2014
New Hartford, NY19 contributions
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Played Thistle for the first time last month. 8 guys on our 12th annual golf trip, 11 to Myrtle Beach.

The bag drop guys were very pleasant. And the clubhouse is just spectacular. But the course left a lot to be desired. We played Stewart to McKay nines. It was very difficult, none of us having played it before, to know anything about the course. No GPS on carts, not even pictures on the scorecard. Lots of forced carries but you have no idea how far anything is. All the money they spent on the clubhouse they maybe should have saved some and printed decent scorecards or perhaps at least a picture of the hole on the tee box? Even a suggestion from the Pro Shop to pick up a yardage book would have been appreciated.

Course design was not my favorite. For example hole #9 on the Stewart nine. Par 3 of significant length with a forced carry over water. Green sits on top of a hill and if you are short, ball has nothing to stop it from rolling all the way back down the hill into the water. Not a particularly fair design in my opinion.

When we arrived we were told it was expected to be one of their busiest days of the year. So we were surprised to find at least 6 pin placements that were just ridiculous. Busy day of recreational golfers - put the pins in easy places if you want play to move along. Segway...

The one ranger we did see confronted our other group on hole #3 of the McKay nine (our 12th hole). Said they were behind, and on pace for a 5+ hour round. Simply not true. Groups in front of us had quit or gone to other 9. We finished the round in 4:20.

Beautiful clubhouse, but that's about it.
Written May 8, 2014
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MichiganNeveragain
Michigan2 contributions
Friends
I have been playing at Thistle going on 10 years, although all but this last visit, I now am handicap with a right leg amputation, and required a handicap flag to allow getting closer to the tees, fairways, and greens. Upon arrival I checked with the staff whom advised that I would be able to do 90 degree in the fairway, and be dropped off close to the greens, and tees. On the 5th hole I was approached by the ranger, who rudely accused my group of slow play. A while later came back and stated it was not our group, but had noticed I was being let off past the white markers near the green, and again rudely stated that I would not be allowed to continue doing this. Without an apology for the slow play accusation he continued to complain that I should have no benefits as a handicap player, and attacked me personnel'y insulting the fact I was a Vietnam Veteran. Needless to say, our group (16 players) that have considered this course as a tradition to play each year will no longer make it a stop on our agenda. I have never been treated this way on any course in the Carolina's, and feel sad for others whom may encounter the same abuse of a disabled Veteran.
Written April 26, 2012
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John S
12 contributions
Friends
Thistle courses are in stupendous condition - wish all the Brunswick County NC courses had these greens.
Be sure to wear your face covering before entering the pro shop - fair warning has been given!
Written July 18, 2020
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Austin L
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Couples
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.
Written March 13, 2019
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