By: James Wilson
If you’re looking for a premier midwest golf experience you’ll find it nestled in the middle of Michigan. The Golf Resorts of Tullymore and St. Ives is one resort featuring two unique golf courses both with the incredible scenery of Michigan. I was fortunate to be able to experience these two courses as part of my Pure Michigan experience… and it was an amazing experience. Tullymore Golf Resorts is located on 800 acres of woodlands and wetlands and features two exciting par-72 golf courses; Tullymore and St. Ives.
Before even getting to experience the breathtaking golf courses, I was able to experience the beautiful views of The Inn at St. Ives where I had a 2 bedroom suite. The resort has a variety of accommodations from hotels, cottages and even rental homes. The Inn at St. Ives over looks the golf course and is within walking distance to the clubhouse.
The St. Ives Golf Course was designed by legendary Michigan golf course architect, Jerry Matthews and to this day is considered one of his greatest works. Designing a premier golf course surrounded by a combination of woodlands, wetlands and rugged highlands lends itself to an incredible backdrop but a challenging course to play as well. Not only do the elevations change from 40 to 80 feet you will have bunkers and wetlands to compete with all along the course. If you want to feel a little more prepared go to the website where you can find hole by hole pointers to help you out.
It would be a wise decision to start your round at the very spacious driving range and then finish up with a little chipping and putting before stepping onto the course. Once you’re warmed up it’s time to begin the challenge that the St. Ives course will present to you.
When I stepped up to the first tee box I was mesmerized by the view of Lake Mecosta which was right in front of me. I very quickly learned that I had to start my day long and straight because by my second shot the elevation change could destroy me.
Day two, I got to experience the Tullymore Golf Course which is ranked top 15 of the 100 Greatest Public and Resort Course in America by Golf Digest. The course wanders through the trees and meadows but is not as tight a course to play as St. Ives. Even though there are not as many drastic elevation changes there are plenty of ways this course will challenge any golfer. Just like with the St. Ives course you can go online and get hole by hole pointers to help navigate the obstacles along the way.
Another great way to start your round is with the large driving range that can accommodate up to 22 golfers at a time. Once you feel like your ready to go you’ll head to the first tee where you could choose to start from as far back as 296 yards. As you continue on don’t be deceived by the yardage because you’ll have plenty of trees and obstacles to compete with.
After you’ve spent the day on the course and you’ve worn yourself out there are multiple options for you to kick your feet up and enjoy a meal. Whether you’d like to check out the Tap Room at Tullymore or the St. Ives Grille, you’ll agree that the 19th hole never looked better. The Tap Room at Tullymore provides an opportunity for breakfast, lunch or dinner as well as having a children’s menu while the St. Ives Grille is a casual pub style atmosphere to grab lunch or dinner.
The Tullymore Golf Resort is a beautiful stay and play golfer’s paradise! If golfing is what you want to do then you will be very pleased with a getaway whether it’s for two of you or a group of 24 or more they can accommodate. If you want to hear more about our stay at Tullymore Resorts listen to the broadcast from Biggs Golf Talk Radio where we were joined by the Director of Sales; Marty Mohnke.