Thistle Tops the Field in November Golf Insider Top 25 Rankings

Thistle Golf Club, the Sunset Beach, N.C. design awarded 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, remained at the top spot of the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider Top 25 for November 2011, the Web site reported in releasing its monthly rankings.

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (No. 2) and Dunes Golf & Beach Club (3) also held their previous month's spots, respectively, while True Blue (4) and King's North at Myrtle Beach National (5) each moved up one spot to round out the top 5.

The Wizard (21) made its debut in the rankings this month, while Heritage Club (18) re-entered for the first time since August.

The rankings are determined by golfers who submit their post-play reviews for publication on the Golf Insider's Web site, They are based on the aggregate scores of each participating golfer's review, where golfers rate on a 10-point scale their course experience in each of six categories: pro shop, grill, staff, fairways, tees and greens. The November 2011 Top 25 was completed on Dec. 1, with ties separated by total number of reviews for each course:

  1. Thistle Golf Club (8.9/114/NC)
  2. Caledonia (8.8/268/NC)
  3. Dunes Golf & Beach Club (8.8/132/NC)
  4. True Blue (8.7/170/+1)
  5. MB National King's North (8.5/540/+1)
  6. TPC of Myrtle Beach (8.5/375/-2)
  7. MB National SouthCreek (8.5/242/NC)
  8. Willbrook Plantation (8.4/554/NC)
  9. Arrowhead (8.4/197/NC)
  10. Legends – Moorland (8.4/100/NC)
  11. Legends – Heathland (8.4/98/NC)
  12. Legends – Parkland (8.4/71/+1)
  13. Barefoot – Love (8.4/67/+1)
  14. Barefoot – Fazio (8.4/50/+1)
  15. River Club (8.3/520/+1)
  16. MB National West (8.3/505/+1)
  17. Tradition Club (8.3/388/+1)
  18. Heritage Club (8.3/219/NEW since 8/11)
  19. Grande Dunes (8.3/147/NC)
  20. Man O' War (8.3/139/NC)
  21. Wizard (8.3/111/DEBUT)
  22. Crow Creek Golf Club (8.3/103/-1)
  23. Glen Dornoch (8.3/87/-11)
  24. Tiger's Eye (8.3/74/-1)
  25. Blackmoor (8.2/553/-1)

The Myrtle Beach Golf Insider Top 25 represents a broad consensus of opinion based on thousands of golfer reviews – more than 10,000 since the site's inception, according to Myrtle Beach Golf Insider Editor Jim Maggio.

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