Tullymore Golf Club – Played May 2017
- Rankings: Golf Digest Public #45, Golf Magazine Public #83
- Location: 11969 Tullymore Drive, Stanwood, Michigan
- Year: 2001
- Architect: Jim Engh
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Silver: 7,250 yards, Par 72, 76.4 Rating/150 Slope
- Black: 6,547 yards, Par 72, 72.9 Rating/146 Slope
- Blue: 6,210 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/141 Slope
- Blue/White: 5,897 yards, Par 72, 69.6 Rating/136 Slope
- White: 5,550 yards, Par 72, 67.9 Rating/127 Slope
- White/Gold: 5,168 yards, Par 72, 66.6 Rating/120 Slope
- Gold: 4,668 yards, Par 72, 68.2 Rating/120 Slope
This course represents a duo of firsts for me. It is the first course I have played in Michigan and the first Jim Engh course I’ve encountered. I can say that after playing it the introduction to Michigan golf was a good one. I found my first Engh course to be quirky, but ultimately playable. It’s always good to see a new perspective of architecture.
Tullymore is part of a resort with accommodations ranging from hotels, condos, and cottages to rental homes. It also has a sister course called St. Ives. I didn’t have time to play this one so I can’t comment on it.
That is all I really found on the history of the course so let’s get into it. I played with a good friend from the area and the wife riding along taking pictures. The weather was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for a better day.
We played the black tees and all distances are from those markers.
The first is a very gettable opening hole. The tee shot has trouble if you go to the left, but is pretty open.
This hole plays straight the hole way. The best shot shape is a draw.
Honestly this is one of the sillier holes I’ve played. There is a tree in the middle of the fairway that affects the approach. I hit it dead straight and had tree trouble. I’m not a fan of that.
It’s all guts, no glory on this tee shot. Any poorly struck shot is likely headed to a watery end.
You can see the direction of the slopes on the green by the change in grass color in the photo below. There is a good bit more around where the pin is.
The second of back to back par 3’s has a very narrow landing area. The front of the green is relatively wide, but the overall green is very deep. The back flag is in a small area of the putting surface. The overall distance can vary by 30-40 yards depending on pin position.
This one bends hard to the right. In the second photo you can see the green from the tee, but the prudent play is to play is out straight and have a short shot in to the green.
This is another all-carry par three. It was even more dangerous for our round due to the front pin. There is a backstop behind front pins that provides an opportunity for close shots.
This longer hole is most likely going to take three shots to get home.
The ninth is a short hole, but there isn’t much incentive to go for the green because of the dogleg. The smart play is to hit something 200-220 yards for a short iron approach shot.
The back starts off with a stout challenge. A long, straight drive is needed to give you a comfortable second shot. You will want to be as close as possible since the approach is played over a hazard.
This fairway is fairly wide so you can go with driver, but it isn’t needed.
This hole is slightly long. You can see the speck of the flag stick beyond the hazard. The following photo has a closer look.
This is a fairly long one, but there is ample room to take a big cut with the driver. The bunker is in play.
This tee shot features trouble all down the left side. You can carry the bunker that you can barely see. This shot obviously favors a draw.
We have another water hazard to deal with here. The pin position for us was in a sucker spot. With this flag the front bunker is definitely a possibility.
This is just a beast of a hole. Bear down and hit the best drive you have.
This tee shot is framed nicely by the two trees. Split the goalposts and you will be in great shape.
The final hole is the only par five on the back that gives you a chance to get home in two. Water is all around, but a slinging draw will leave you in a great position.
Overall I enjoyed the course. Mr. Engh certainly laid down some quirky holes, which is somewhat of his signature. The course was in great shape coming out of the winter and spring. It’s always a good time to play with my buddy Tom and it was an extra bonus to have the wife riding along with us. Tullymore is more than worthy of being on your Michigan itinerary. Please excuse the pun!