BOYNE Golf, Michigan’s Magnificent Ten

Bay Harbor Golf Club The Quarry

BOYNE has long been synonymous with golf in northern Michigan. It all started in 1966 when founder Everett Kircher hired world-famous architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. to put Boyne Highlands Resort on the map as more than a ski destination. Typical of Mr. Kircher’s legendary trailblazing ways, The Heather course opened to critical acclaim that continues today, being recognized as the 2019 Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owner’s Association. But The Heather is not the only award winner. BOYNE Golf’s ten courses, all located less than 20 miles from Petoskey, Michigan, were recently recognized by GOLF | as a Top 25 Resort for Buddies, while The Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club (#80) and The Heather (#92) are both recognized by Golf Digest as Top 100 Public Courses.

Along with The Heather, there are three additional championship courses at Boyne Highlands. The Arthur Hills Course bears all the markings of its namesake designer. Wide, bunker-dotted fairways and fascinating green complexes create a deceptively challenging track. The course’s superb conditioning and breathtaking setting were showcased on Big Break X the Golf Channel. The Donald Ross Memorial is a “greatest hits” compilation. To ensure authenticity, yardages and elevation changes from tee to green are identical to the original holes. In a single round of golf, players experience courses that have hosted three Ryder Cups, eight U.S. Amateurs, 11 PGA Championships and 14 U.S. Opens. The Moor offers a classic parkland layout, thanks to its diverse collection of dog leg holes cut through northern Michigan forest.  

Boyne Highlands
Donald Ross Memorial #8 and #13

A short drive south around Lake Michigan’s scenic Little Traverse Bay brings golfers to BOYNE Golf’s 27-hole Bay Harbor Golf Club, designed by renowned architect Arthur Hills. Perched on cliffs atop the bay, The Links is reminiscent of Ireland’s famous seaside courses. The Quarry winds its way through an immense, abandoned shale quarry. Impressive gorges surrounded by stone cliffs, natural ponds and a gentle waterfall are hallmarks. The Preserve features stately trees towering over native grasses, wild-flowers and wetlands, all within earshot of Lake Michigan. Bay Golf Club’s nines are played in pairs as The Links/Quarry, The Quarry/Preserve, and The Preserve/Links. Whichever layout you select, don’t forget tour camera as the views of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan are spectacular.

Crooked Tree Golf Club sits across the street. Carved through centuries-old hardwoods on bluffs high above Bay Harbor, Crooked Tree is a local’s favorite since holes 16-18 were redesigned by Arthur Hills’ design team. By raising tees and re-designing the greens sight lines were enhanced and greatly improved playability.

Nearby is the Inn at Bay Harbor, one of just 100 Marriot Autograph Collection Hotels in the United States. The combination of award-winning courses and luxury accommodations enabled the Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club to receive the Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Award as Midwest Best Golf Resort the past two years, as well as being chosen a Top 25 Luxury Golf Resort in September 2019 by GOLF |

A drive south brings BOYNE Golf’s third resort into play, Boyne Mountain. A spectacular mountainside setting affords golfers on The Alpine myriad breathtaking views of nearby Deer Lake. It’s no wonder The Alpine annually hosts the state’s best players for the Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions. Sister course, The Monument, borrows from the pages of famous architects like Donald Ross, Dr. Alister Mackenzie and Pete Dye while paying homage to the game’s most important influencers.

Beyond golf, BOYNE’s unique on-property amenities include award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, and adventure sport venues. They are supported by historic, lakeside resort towns Charlevoix, Harbor Springs and Petoskey all a short drive from historic Mackinac Island.

Golfers looking to fly to the area can access Traverse City (TVC) or Pellston (PLN) regional airports. Private planes, including jets, can also land directly at Boyne Mountain’s private airstrip.

For more information and to plan your visit: or call 844.634.5315.

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Tom Landers is President, Publisher and Founder of Golfing Magazine. Tom has an extensive background as an entrepreneur in golf, publishing & editorial and internet production. He has over 25 years experience in the golf industry and over 15 years experience in the publishing industry, both online and in the print medium. Tom Landers is an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur having owned and operated such diverse enterprises as a Public Relations company, a golf consulting business and Golfing Magazine.