Thistle Golf Club

Thistle Golf Club is an exclusive golf club with 27 magnificent golf holes. Each nine holes presents a unique challenge, while providing stunning vistas with beautifully manicured tees, fairways and greens. This 27-hole links-style golf course was designed by architect Tim Cate and features beautiful wildflowers decorating the hillsides.

The three nines at Thistle Golf Club are playable in three 18 hole combinations: Stewart/MacKay, MacKay/Cameron and Cameron/Stewart. The greens are large, averaging 7,800-square feet, and are challenging due to some very intriguing breaks. The fairways are generous and meander through rolling terrain.

For those interested in golf history, the authentic Scottish style clubhouse has an expansive collection of memorabilia from the original Thistle club in Edinburgh dating back to the early 1800’s. Different pieces were acquired through the USGA Artifacts Association and many private collections to help tell the story of golf and how it was played by Thistle members on the original Links of Leith. The club exhibits many of the relic trophy clubs and score cards from the time period, as well as the original book, Rules of the Thistle Golf Club, published in 1824.


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Course Information

Year Built: 1999
Designer: Tim Cate
Dress Code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required
Metal Spikes: Not Allowed
Earliest Tee Time: 7:00 AM
Greens: Tifeagle Bermuda
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Number of Sand Bunkers: 50-60 each nine
Water Hazards in Play: Yes
Greens Aerated: June
Overseeding Schedule: November/Open
Walking the Golf Course: Allowed
Driving Range: Yes, Hitting balls from grass
Additional Facilities: Putting Green Only
Food Availability: Beverage cart, snack bar, restaurant
Bar: Full Service Bar



1815 Olde Thistle Downs Dr, Sunset Beach, NC 28468 – Map it!
Phone: 910. 444. 2500


Stewart (North) / MacKay (West) Rating & Slope

Tees Yardage Rating   Slope   Par
    Mens’ Ladies’ Mens’ Ladies’  
Thistle 6898 74.1 N/A 137 N/A 71
Blue 6476 71.9 N/A 133 N/A 71
White 5986 69.2 N/A 126 N/A 71
Gold 5359 66.7 72.3 116 130 71
Red 4534 N/A 67.3 N/A 118 71

MacKay (West) / Cameron (South) Rating & Slope

Tees Yardage Rating   Slope   Par
    Mens’ Ladies’ Mens’ Ladies’  
Thistle 6997 74.3 N/A 136 N/A 72
Blue 6495 71.9 N/A 129 N/A 72
White 6041 69.3 N/A 126 N/A 72
Gold 5356 66.7 71.7 113 127 72
Red 4612 N/A 67.5 N/A 118 72

Cameron (South) / Stewart (North) Rating & Slope

Tees Yardage Rating   Slope   Par
    Mens’ Ladies’ Mens’ Ladies’  
Thistle 6801 73.6 N/A 138 N/A 71
Blue 6355 71.2 N/A 131 N/A 71
White 5843 68.5 N/A 123 N/A 71
Gold 5163 66.2 70.0 112 129 71
Red 4436 N/A 67.0 N/A 113 71
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