Tullymore Golf Club - hole 16
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Tullymore Golf Club - hole 16
The 608-yard 16th hole is the longest par 5 at Tullymore Golf Club in Stanwood, Michigan. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Tullymore Golf Club - clubhouse
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Tullymore Golf Club - clubhouse
The $7 million clubhouse at Tullymore Golf Club provides a premier experience for players. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tullymore Golf Club - hole 3
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Tullymore Golf Club - hole 3
Jim Engh is known for his interesting short par 4s, like the third hole at Tullymore Golf Club in Stanwood, Michigan. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tullymore Golf Club - hole 4
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Tullymore Golf Club - hole 4
The 207-yard fourth hole starts a stretch of three par 3s in four holes at Tullymore Golf Club in central Michigan. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tullymore Golf Club - hole 5
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Tullymore Golf Club - hole 5
The fifth hole is the easier of the back-to-back par 3s at Tullymore Golf Club in Stanwood, Michigan. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tullymore Golf Club - hole 6
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Tullymore Golf Club - hole 6
Can you find the fairway among all this trouble on the par-4 sixth hole at Tullymore Golf Club? Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tullymore Golf Club - hole 7
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Tullymore Golf Club - hole 7
The pretty seventh hole is the third par 3 on the front nine at Tullymore Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tullymore Golf Club - bunkers
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Tullymore Golf Club - bunkers
These snake-like bunkers are a signature of Jim Engh's designs like Tullymore Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tullymore Golf Club - hole 10
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Tullymore Golf Club - hole 10
This pond guards the 10th green at Tullymore Golf Club in Stanwood, Mich. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tullymore Golf Club - hole 15
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Tullymore Golf Club - hole 15
The 15th hole is the final of five par 3s at Tullymore Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Challenge a top-100 course at Tullymore Golf Club in Stanwood, Michigan

STANWOOD, Mich. -- From the $7 million clubhouse to the Jim Engh design outside, Tullymore Golf Club delivers a "top 100" experience for golfers just west of Mount Pleasant in the state's midsection.

Tullymore G.C., which opened in 2002, checks in at No. 36 (Golf Digest) and No. 83 (Golf Magazine) among the top 100 public courses in the country. Such lofty praise from the critics is indicative of Engh's unique style and strong routing through the marshy lowlands and forest of the Canadian Lakes.

Intriguing, short par 4s and serpentine-like bunkers are Engh's signatures. Tullymore's short par 4s at No. 3 and No. 9 highlight a par-35 front nine that can be blitzed if players handle their business at the three difficult par 3s.

Tullymore Golf Club's par-37 back nine fights back with two monster par 5s, the 615-yard 13th hole and the 608-yard 16th hole, and a third par 5 that's a risk-reward finish to the round. No. 6 and No. 14 are strong Cape holes, daring players to cut off hazards for shorter irons into the greens.

The bunkers might look good in aerial photos, but they're penal. Scot Cucksey, the head professional at Tullymore, compares getting stuck in a finger of these narrow sand traps to landing in a pot bunker overseas.

"They are true hazards," Cucksey said. "The best designers make bunkers hazards.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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