The Resorts at Tullymore & St. Ives mature into a star-studded golf destination in Stanwood
STANWOOD, Mich. -- The Resorts of Tullymore & St. Ives have grown steadily over the past five years under the ownership of the Marino brothers.
It's still not a full-service resort (there isn't a spa or golf school or indoor pool) but the addition of a variety of lodging has helped the resort become one of the best golf destinations in Michigan for stay-and-play packages.
Guests can choose among the 36 rooms and suites of the Inn at St. Ives; cottages; home rentals, condominiums and best of all, the Lodge at Tullymore. Ten separate bedrooms inside the lodge are equipped with their own baths and two double beds. The two-story common area offers a great hangout spot with a full kitchen, large flat-screen TV and pool and poker tables.
The clubhouses at both St. Ives Golf Club (a brick castle-like structure) and Tullymore Golf Club (a $7 million modern marvel) aren't too shabby, either.
The Jim Engh-designed Tullymore, which checks in at No. 36 (Golf Digest) and No. 83 (Golf Magazine) among the top 100 public courses in the country. Its unique routing -- three par 3s on the front and three par 5s on the back -- keep players off-balance and engaged.
The more scenic St. Ives Golf Club by Jerry Matthews frolics playfully up and down more hills. It's just as tough as Tullymore, if not more so, yet so different. Together, they give the resort a great yin and yang for golfers.