The flagship destination to America’s Summer Golf Capital
It only takes one visit to discover why Northern Michigan has become one of America’s premier summer golf and vacation destinations. From mile after mile of majestic Lake Michigan coastline, towering sand dunes, idyllic small towns, deep hardwood forests, vast serene lakes, meandering rivers and breathtaking elevations, Northern Michigan brings you face to face with pristine nature at its finest.
Many seasoned visitors to the area will suggest booking a golf journey with the region’s leading brand in resort golf experiences, BOYNE Golf. With 10 acclaimed golf courses across three separate and distinctive resort properties and an abundance of packages to fit a broad array of itineraries, you can’t go wrong putting your next golf trip in the hands of the folks who’ve been curating the destination more than 70 years.
So, how does one golf destination present 10 different golfing experiences? Starting in Harbor Springs, The Highlands resort greets you with a stately inn resembling a Scottish country estate and four sensational golf courses, all carved through 3,500 acres of densely forested terrain. New for 2022 will be the renovated elegant luxury accommodations, which are part of a major transformation to the iconic resort. Boyne Highlands made its name as a golf property in 1966, when Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed the Heather Course. One of Michigan’s premier courses, the classic parkland layout was recognized as the 2019 Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association.
The Highland’s Donald Ross Memorial Course pays homage to the spectacular design work performed by the legendary designer, including holes from Seminole, Oakland Hills, Oak Hill, Pinehurst, Inverness, Bob O’Link, and Aronomink, among others. The Arthur Hills course uses the most dramatic land on the property. And, indeed, the tremendous elevation changes on the 13th hole allow for not just a great hole but a breathtaking 4000 acre view of Northern Michigan forests. The Moor Course has recently undergone renovations to create a more relaxing and rewarding round for guests.
In nearby Petoskey, BOYNE Golf’s flagship property, Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club are draped along Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay. Bay Harbor Golf Club offers 27 dazzling holes designed by Arthur Hills that are played in three 18-hole combinations (Links/Quarry, Quarry/Preserve, and Preserve/Links). With its thrilling views and excellent shot values, Bay Harbor’s Links/Quarry routing has been a staple on Golf Digest’s biannual list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.
The Links course is full of daring, imaginative holes with the reachable 490-yard par-5 seventh, providing big-time thrills and a shot at glory. The Quarry is full of fantastic holes, but the three finishing holes are noteworthy with intimidating tee shot over rocks and wetlands, a shot onto an island green on Lake Michigan, and finishing with a most beautiful green setting along the shoreline. While more understated in its routing, The Preserve plays well up to the lofty standards of the Links and Quarry. Winding extensively through the hardwoods for much of the nine, The Preserve also opens to the calming Lake Michigan shoreline.
Across the street, the scenic 18-hole Crooked Tree Golf Club is perched atop a scenic bluff facing the Inn with breathtaking views of the Bay. This course delivers stellar panoramic views and an underrated stretch of quality, finely maintained golf holes.
At Boyne Mountain Resort, just 20-minutes south of Petoskey, the Alpine and Monument courses open with a breathtaking 10-minute golf cart ride from the clubhouse upwards to the first tees. Both courses weave their way from atop the mountain down toward beautiful Deer Lake, featuring fantastic views. The Alpine combines the scenic mountain golf with beautiful parkland holes, while its counterpart the Monument, features a bit more rugged land with an epic island green finish.
BOYNE Golf guests can also enjoy award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, watersports, gaming, microbreweries, wineries, hiking, biking, tennis, zip-lining, shopping and more capped by the spectacular million-dollar northern Michigan sunsets. Getting there has never been easier with airport upgrades at Boyne Mountain Resort and direct service from 17 U.S cities into Traverse City (TVC).
For more information, visit BOYNEGolf.com or call 855.428.7447.