Tullymore - Michigan - USA

Tullymore Golf Club,
St Ives Resort,
9900 St Ives Drive,
Michigan (MI) 49346,

  • +1 (0) 800 972 4837

  • Kevin O'Brien

  • Jim Engh

  • Paul Milholland

In recent years, Michigan has become a serious golfing destination and the St Ives Resort in Stanwood is doing its bit to help the cause. There are two courses at St Ives and the first to be laid out was simply named “St Ives” but it was the second course, designed by Jim Engh, which grabbed world attention when it opened for play in 2002.

“With its wooded vegetation and wetland preserves, Tullymore has a character unique to the world of golf,” wrote Engh. Tullymore is routed through woods and water with the Shinglebolt Creek meandering into play on a few holes. This is a vast site of some 800 acres but the Tullymore playing surfaces are polished to perfection. The closing hole is considered to be one the greatest and most photogenic finishing holes in Michigan.

The hardest hole on the course comes early in the round at the 456-yard 2nd, and it perfectly demonstrates two distinctive Tullymore trademarks, the first of which is the long squiggly fairway bunker and the second is the long narrow green. Golfers who can come to terms with these two unnerving design features during a round will inevitably score well.

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Description: Tullymore Golf Club is routed through woods and water with the Shinglebolt Creek meandering into play on a few holes. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 3

I had high expectations for Tullymore and had promised great things to my golfing friend as we embarked on a 10 course run throughout Michigan. Tullymore is always ranked highly in the lists of "golf courses you can play" often snagging the second spot in the state and frequently in the top 30 of the entire USA. However, Tullymore disappoints.

There is nary a hole where you can see the green from the tee and this includes at least one par 3 where the green and flag is hidden behind a huge hill. And as for blind shots, you often cannot see the flag until you are within 100 yards and even from there you can't see it on holes such as number 2 and number 9 because the greens are sunk into recessed depressions.

Once you get past the third hole there every hole presents a sizeable and punishing forced carry which might be fun once in a while, but becomes exhausting after 13 straight holes.

The part that was the most tiresome was not the endless blind shots, but rather the hazards that suddenly appeared hidden just behind the green or in the curve of a fairway.

There were some good parts: nice trees, friendly service, and excellent conditioning. None of which mattered, of course, if you were lying 6 after a punishing stroll through the surprise bunker.

3 / 6
June 10, 2016

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Jim Engh brought his unique style to Tullymore, especially with the distinctive bunkering which look like squiggles of sand meandering around the property. This course is not always visually pleasing to my eye, as the shrubs and vegetation do not add to the pleasure of the round. Too many of the holes are target based and no more than three of four holes will stay in my memory. The greens were in fabulous condition and have excellent shapes and contours, but the rest of the course was not inspiring. This is not a Top 100 USA course by any stretch of the imagination from my perspective.
3 / 6
July 27, 2015

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Target golf at its finest. Great manicuring with a premium on shot making - bring your A game. Fine, fine parkland style golf course - only slightly behind Blackwolf Run and TPC Sawgrass on my best inland course list. Awesome!!
6 / 6
August 18, 2010

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