Tyrone Hills Golf Course Review
Tyrone Hills Golf Course
Teachers’ Comments: They’re not kidding about the hills. More interesting than expected.
Located just of US 23 south of Fenton, Michigan, Tyrone Hills doesn’t look like much from the highway. Its visible holes are flat and wide open.
Out of the line of sight, however, Tyrone Hills is a hilly, semi-wooded course that actually is quite interesting.
The hills kick in beginning on the fourth hole (see photo at top of page). From there, every hole offers interesting elevation changes.
Tyrone Hills offers a nice variety of holes. There are seven doglegs: two left and five right. Water appears on seven holes. Bunkers, however, are mostly limited to the areas around the greens.
A notable exception is on the par 4 second, where fairway bunkers pinch in near a driver’s landing zone. A player needs to either be short, long or extremely accurate on this one. All three of my playing partners ended up in those bunkers. I escaped only by hitting a line drive off the toe that ended up outside the right bunker.
Another key feature of Tyrone Hills are the greens, nearly all of which are elevated and crowned with drop-offs on the edges. It’s hard to hold these greens with shots off long irons or hybrids.
From the tips, Tyrone Hills stretches to 6, 440 yards and plays to a 71.1/132. The middle tees are in at 6, 064 and play to a 69.1/128.
My favorite hole was the 381 yard par 4 eighth. From the tees, the fariway dips down into a dale, doglegs right, then rises again to the green. Skirting the trees on the right can shorten the approach shot, but brings disaster into play. Playing wide to the left not only makes the approach longer, but also steeper, for the fairway there angles to the left. A big hitter could even potentially cut part of the corner. The trees are not too high.
Conditions on the day I played were mixed bag. Some holes were in good shape, while others needed work. A number of the greens showed significant damage. Overall, the course had a shaggy feel.
Back in 2001, Tyrone Hills was the landing zone for a tornado that caused extensive damage to the course and clubhouse. One of my partners was a longtime player at the course. He said that Tyrone Hills was more wooded before the strike, and that for a year afterwards, the edges of the course had wood stacked up like a vast lumberyard.
I think that if you live within an hour’s drive of Tyrone Hills and are looking for some variety, it’s worth a trip. The price is right. Monday through Friday, it’s just $25 to walk. On the weekend, walking is $29, or $40 with a cart.
Tyrone Hills is walkable (I walked), but with all those hills, you had better be in good shape.
The Tyrone Hills Golf Course Review was first published June 2, 2020 from a round played in May 2020. For more of GolfBlogger’s Michigan Golf Course Reviews, follow the link.
A photo tour of Tyrone Hills follows: