Could Thistle be the best of Myrtle Beach’s gems?

The ninth hole of the Stewart nine was our most memorable hole at Thistle.

The ninth hole of the Stewart nine was our most memorable hole at Thistle.

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

SUNSET BEACH, North Carolina – I’m frequently being tipped off about “hidden gem’’ golf courses. They’re in all parts of the country and are said to be great courses that are off the beaten path enough so that many golfers don’t know about them.
The last such course brought to my attention was Thistle Golf Club, a 27-hole facility that opened in 1999. Whether it fits the “hidden gem’’ category is a matter of opinion.

Without doubt it is a gem. We will get to that later. Continue reading

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The First Tee: My grandson’s introduction to golf was much different than mine

Putting wasn’t part of the first session at First Tee but there was still time to use the practice green.

Putting wasn’t part of the first session at First Tee but there was still time to use the practice green.

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

DURHAM, North Carolina — Everything that I had heard suggested The First Tee program was a most worthwhile thing, but I’d never seen the program in action until my grandson, Sterling Stewart, joined The First Tee of the Triangle for youngsters between the ages of 7-10.

Sterling, 7, had a better introduction to golf than I did. After hitting balls on a driving range with his father a few times he had tried The First Tee program at Hillandale golf course last year, but many of the sessions were rained out. Hopefully this spring’s sessions won’t be, but the first session seemed well worthwhile. Continue reading