Saint John’s Resort Opening Irish Pub-inspired Doyles to Complement The Cardinal

Saint John’s Resort in Plymouth Township, which is owned by the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation, has announced the July 8 grand opening of Doyles, its latest dining concept.
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Positioned alongside The Cardinal golf course, Doyles Irish pub will offer a contemporary pub ambiance featuring dark wood furnishings, green accents, leather seating, paneled walls, and tartan wall coverings. // Rendering courtesy of Saint Johns Resort

Saint John’s Resort in Plymouth Township, which is owned by the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation, has announced the July 8 grand opening of Doyles, its latest dining concept.

Developed as part of the resort’s multi-million-dollar transformation, the opening of Doyles complements The Cardinal, a new 18-hole championship golf course (previously 27 holes). The new layout was designed by Michigan-based golf course architect Raymond Hearn, a metro Detroit native.

Also opening are The Little Cardinal, a 7-hole par-3 course, and The Cardinal Putting Course, offering a golf entertainment experience for families and enthusiasts at all skill levels. Overall, Saint John’s Resort spans 200 acres.

Positioned alongside the golf course, Doyles will offer a contemporary pub ambiance featuring dark wood furnishings, green accents, leather seating, paneled walls, and tartan wall coverings.

Other accents include black and white penny tile patterns, a “moody black ceiling” in the bar area, family crests, vintage artwork, and street photography by Irish photographers. An outdoor patio, which overlooks the golf course, offers al fresco dining for individuals and gatherings.

“We aimed to create a welcoming space that blends warm hospitality with a vibrant dining experience,” says Eric Djordjevic, managing director at Saint John’s Resort. “Doyles distinguishes itself from our other dining outlets by providing a relaxed atmosphere where guests can enjoy a range of modern tavern favorites to lighter, fresh fare, all within the friendly ambiance of a traditional Irish pub.”

The menu spans from “creative and upscale to established classics.” There’s grab-and-go breakfasts for golfers, a brunch menu featuring the Celtic Benedict, Shrimp and Grits, and Lemon-Blueberry and Goat Cheese Pancakes.

Pub favorites like Fish and Chips, a daily Pot Pie, Cheese Curds, Wings, Nachos, and customizable signature brisket burgers are complemented by Irish staples — Bangers and Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, and Irish Stew.

Lighter options range from salads and bowls — Revitalize and Southwest Bowls, Waldorf Chicken Salad Wrap, Lake Superior White Fish, and locally sourced Roasted Brick Chicken — complemented by a daily vegetarian special.

The sandwich lineup features the Cluck of the Irish, Doyles Paddy Melt, and Cliffs of Moher Reuben, and from the bar there’s creative cocktails, Green Beer, and a signature Irish Stout.

“Doyles Backyard,” a 3,750-square foot lawn west of Doyles (facing Five Mile Rd.), will host various outdoor activities. Summer events include cornhole tournaments, horseshoe, whiskey barrel ring toss, and Irish bowling with Guinness bottles as pins. Winter brings live entertainment, beer pairings, pub takeovers, beer dinners, trivia nights, and euchre tournaments.

Saint John’s Resort, including all food and beverage outlets, is part of The Pulte Family Charitable Foundation’s “Humanitarian Hotels” strategy, which seeks to ensure every visit contributes to meaningful initiatives both locally and globally.

With 100 percent of net profits dedicated to educational and humanitarian endeavors, the hotel states “guests can take pride in knowing that their patronage supports worthy causes.”

In addition to Doyles, St. John’s Resort features FIVE Steakhouse and The Wine Grotto.

Saint John’s Resort also offers 118 upscale hotel rooms, 56,000 square feet of meeting space, and The Garden Pavilion (event space). Additionally, an expansion of 50,000 square feet of meeting space is set to open in 2025.

To read a DBusiness article about golf course designer Raymond Hearn and The Cardinal, visit here.

For more information on St. John’s Resort, visit saintjohnsresort.com.