124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Places We Like: Farmer's Home Tavern in Hemlock, MI

July 09, 2014

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The tavern is most famous for its cheeseburgers, 3/4-pound monsters made from local beef that have won the regional Saginaw News' "Best of" award for more than a decade running, but the two-for-$5.25 coney dogs are equally worthy. The decor -- and the beer specials -- will remind you of 1984, but in a good way. Enjoy a $2 Miller Lite and the Tigers game on TV as you sit in a chair that looks like it came out of a church basement. It's cash only, but you can order more food than a single person could eat for $10.

There's even room to park a combine in the back.

After you fuel up, it's an easy hour drive west to one of the state's best kept secrets, the 36-hole Tullymore Resort in Stanwood. The original St. Ives 18 is a Golf Digest five-star course, and when Tullymore came along in 2002 it was named Golf Digest's Best New Upscale Course. Rates range from $100 to $125, but ladies get a 40 percent discount and juniors are half off.