Thistle is a gated residental golf community inspired by over 200 years of Scottish history. Situated on 400 idyllic acres that are carefully arranged around an award winning magnificent 27-hole golf course, amenity center, pool and club house.


JTE Real Estate has been retained to exclusively market for sale The Thistle Golf Estates in Sunset Beach located on the southern coastline of North Carolina, minutes from the beach, conveniently located midway between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC and just a short drive to Charleston, SC.

The Thistle Golf Estates features a limited collection of elegant cottages, custom homes, homesites and provides an excellent acquisition opportunity for a prospective buyer interested in a well maintained, turnkey asset with a substantial upside.

The Thistle Legacy Continues

With just 165 planned custom-homes on 400 acres, Thistle Golf Estates offers an exclusivity and charm that many of the larger golf communities lack. With 27 majestic golf holes styled after the Scottish forebear Thistle Golf Club of Leith, residents may enjoy a relaxing round of golf or reminisce with friends and neighbors at the 19th century inspired clubhouse.


Excellence is reflected in our award winning 4 1/2 star rating from Golf Digest for the sixth straight year for outstanding course design, impeccable conditioning, and phenomenal service for a rewarding playing experience.

The course is often considered to be among the best in the Carolinas. Here, residents enjoy year-round play on three nine-hole courses — the Cameron, Stewart, and MacKay. There are also an array of golf amenities, including a driving range, a chip area, and putting green.

No Better Place To Work On Your Game

Thistle Golf Club’s practice facilities are second to none. Whether just hitting a few long irons, or preparing before a round, your clubs are cleaned and your golf bags are managed. Demo clubs are available and our knowledgeable staff is on-hand to facilitate your requests.


Thistle’s new Community Amenity Center includes a state-of-the-art gym, a lap pool perfect for swimming or lounging, whirlpool, and a covered lanai featuring an outdoor kitchen and bar. Everyday is a vacation at Thistle Downs. Residents enjoy a collection of private, resort-like amenites.

The Clubhouse also boasts a number of social lounge areas to get together with friends for a game of bridge, meet with a book or wine club, or schedule a meeting in the boardroom. There are also plenty of inviting couches and fireplaces to just kick back and relax and enjoy a time from a bygone era.

Nearby Pristine Beaches

It is less than a ten-minute drive to some of the most pristine, uncrowded beaches in the Carolinas, so planning a beach day is easy at Sunset Beach or Ocean Isle. Also nearby are Holden Beach, Oak Island, and Bald Head Island. Each destination has its own personality.

Beach Lifestyle

The secret is out about Sunset beach, having been ranked number 5 on National Geographic’s 2017 ”21 Best Beaches in the World: unspoiled large beaches, unencumbered by high rises and boardwalks, beautiful sunrises and sunsets. It is easy to spend an entire day enjoying the water, strolling out to the edge of the pier, or relaxing on the sand.

Real Estate

Inspired by the legendary Thistle Golf Club of Leith in Scotland, Thistle Downs (Thistle Golf Estates) embodies the fine craftsmanship and aesthetic character of a bygone era.

commitment to quality & fine craftsmanship

An old-world theme infused with modern sensibilities permeate throughout the community. Free-flowing interiors coupled with natural stone and brick exteriors are complemented by exquisitely maintained grounds and panoramic golf vistas. From the gated entrance, to the to the luxurious golf clubhouse and community center, no other communities in southeastern North Carolina combine the sophisticated and welcoming ambiance of this unique beach community.

This unique and attractive community successfully synthesizes the old-world charm with contemporary conveniences in a bold and serene atmosphere.


Thistle Golf Estates is poised to be one of the areas most desirable, stunning and tranquil master-planned communities along the Silver Coast of North Carolina, conveniently located just minutes to beautiful and pristine Sunset Beach, NC.

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Contact Us

We would love to hear from you. For further info, including obtaining a brochure, lot-plans, or to organize a private tour you can contact us directly at the information below.

1815 Olde Thistle Club Road Sunset Beach, NC 28468
T: 843-284-7149
M: 843-222-2672


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