Myrtle Beach Golfaway

Thistle Offers a Taste of Scottish Distinction

By • Nov 30, 2009

Just minutes north of the State line in Sunset Beach, North Carolina near the village of Calabash, sits the Thistle Golf Club. Offering twenty seven beautiful and dramatic golf holes on the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand, the Thistle takes its name from an ancient Scottish golf society dating back to the early 1800’s.

Thistle Golf ClubThe golf course layout resembles a distinct Scottish links feel, with wind-swept fairways, large subtle contoured Bent Grass greens and surrounding hillsides, covered in Heather and a palette of colorful wild flowers.

The Creation of the Thistle Golf Club began with an amazing piece of land, located close to the Myrtle Beach border and a talented golf course Architect, Tim Cate. Skillful blending of natural elevation changes and using wetlands and freshwater ponds to border lush fairways, Cate has combined his exceptional talent with the best that nature has to offer, the landscape is strikingly stunning.

Cate, with an uncanny knowledge of the local soil, terrain and climate in the Myrtle Beach area, has exceeded in producing large green complexes, with beautifully shaped bunkers to create yet another masterpiece. The golf course is absolutely spectacular and will provide a fair challenge to golfers of all skill levels.

A hole that really grabs your attention is the fourth on the Cameron course; a demanding and stimulating par three that plays one hundred and eighty three yards, from the back tees. Just standing on this tee is exhilarating, let alone having to take it on. A dramatic and captivating hole that is visually intimidating, facing you is what seems like an impossibly tiny target to hit and hold, an isolated green that sits unhappily all alone in the middle of a  lake. Besides the watery grave to negotiate, guarding the front of this green is a bunker on the left and on right, placing even more importance on your tee shot and be warned, if the wind blows, no matter the direction it can really hurt.

Thistle Golf Club - ClubhouseThis Myrtle Beach area golf course offers five sets of tees on each nine, on the Cameron course, the Thistle measures 3455 yards, the blues measure 3187 yards, the whites measure 2949 yards, the gold’s measure 2580 yards and the reds measure 2257 yards. The McKay course plays slightly longer, the Thistle measures 3547 yards, the blues measure 3380 yards, the whites measure 3092 yards, the gold’s measure 2776 yards and the reds measure 2355 yards. The Stewart course is slightly shorter than the other two nines, the Thistle measures 3351 yards, the blues measure 3168 yards, the whites measure 2891 yards, the gold’s measure 2627 yards and the reds measure 2211 yards respectively.

Architect, Tim Cate’s influence has triumphed yet again; his design is so aesthetically pleasing to the eye, you will be inspired and simply amazed at the beauty of the scenery on this quality golf course. On your next visit to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we highly recommend you include a visit to the Thistle Golf Club for a round of unforgettable golf.

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Born in Durban, South Africa, Azor fell in love with the game a little late in life. He served an apprenticeship in the printing industry and then went into print sales. In the early nineties he moved to the United States with his wife Glynis, and their two sons Dave and Clint. In 1994 he and Glynis established "Electronic Pencil" a Graphic Design company. In 2004 they started a golf magazine; he currently enjoys writing for their publication and writing the editorial for Myrtle Beach Golfaway’s website. “Besides the challenge and fun factor, the camaraderie on the golf course is second to none, it’s a blessing to spend time with good people and play a great game in such tranquil settings,” says Azor.
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