Text: Greg Johnson
Tullymore Golf Resort in Stanwood, Michigan is built for groups.
Guys, gals, or mixed; twosomes, threesomes, or foursomes; at the resort located near the beautiful Canadian Lakes area about an hour north of Grand Rapids U.S. Route 131, golfing groups make up the majority of visiting players.
“What we have is perfect for groups, for buddies,” said Gary Lewandowski, head PGA golf professional and the director of golf at Tullymore Golf Resort.
It starts with the two award-winning golf courses of the St. Ives course by noted Michigan designer Jerry Matthews and the Tullymore course by Colorado’s James Engh.
The Tullymore course meanders through 800 acres of woods, meadows, and wetlands; and features subtle undulations and angles that challenge every level of player, and yet all levels can play with a choice of five sets of tees. It has hosted an LPGA Symetra Tour stop and often hosts Golf Association of Michigan championships.
St. Ives is known for its immaculate bentgrass fairways, tees, and greens as it weaves with great variety through sprawling woodlands and wetlands. It has four sets of tee options and is known as some of the best work by the heralded Matthews.
“I think the best thing we have going for groups are two golf courses that are completely different from each other,” Lewandowski said. “You get 36 holes of golf and different experiences, plus you get that up-north-getaway in a place that is closer to the cities and is easier to get to than some other resorts.”
Lewandowski also said the second-best thing for groups of buddies is that the resort offers everything they might need.
“We have all our lodging, which is all great and comfortable in cottages or cozy inns, all here on property and a shuttle that can go back and forth between Tullymore and St. Ives,” Lewandowski said. “We have restaurants and bars in both clubhouses, we have the TopGolf Suite indoors at St. Ives if you want your golf to go into the night, and of course we have that incredible back patio and the fire pits at Tullymore. It’s all contained within the property limits.”
Lewandowski noted many stay-and-play packages and options are available and can be customized for corporate retreats or quiet weekends for two and anything in between.
All packages include range balls to warm up, powered carts, as well as a guest I.D. card, which earns additional discounts on many purchases made within the resort. To receive the package discounts, golfers just have to make reservations a minimum of 14 days prior to arrival.
Featured photo of Tullymore by Nile Young Photography