As a golf writer, I get to play at a lot of great golf resorts around the world. The one I keep coming back to: BOYNE Golf. Over the past 50 years, this renowned Northern Michigan golf destination has grown to become one of the largest golf destinations in North America – now encompassing 10 courses and three resort properties, including Bay Harbor, The Highlands at Harbor Springs, and Boyne Mountain.
The region’s Norman Rockwell-like lakeside resort towns have long been summertime playgrounds for those in the know – attracting people from all over the world, including golfers. It’s no wonder, as the area offers outstanding golf and is the perfect summer destination. With its 10 golf courses, BOYNE Golf is the dominant player in the Midwest with a growing fan base nationwide.
At BOYNE Golf’s flagship property, located along the shores of Lake Michigan, the nationally esteemed Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club are high-end luxurious properties situated on the site of an old limestone quarry and cement factory. The Bay Harbor Golf Club, designed by Arthur Hills, offers 27 holes with the award-winning Links/Quarry and Preserve courses. It features a unique combination of open links along the Lake Michigan bluffs, holes flowing in and out of a rock quarry, and through the area’s hardwoods. Within five minutes lies BOYNE’s Crooked Tree Golf Club that is carved through stands of centuries-old hardwoods and apple orchards, while perched on bluffs overlooking Little Traverse Bay.
Across that bay, in the historic and charming waterfront community of Harbor Springs, The Highlands has undergone an elegant transformation fitting to its Scottish Highlands charm. The second of four phases of this reimagination includes remodeling and significantly upgrading 87 guest rooms into refined and elegant luxury accommodations fitting for golf buddy trips for men and women alike.
The Highlands’ 72 holes of championship golf collectively offer a perfect golf experience where groups can check into the lodge and never get back into their car during their stay. The courses are led by the classic Robert Trent Jones Sr. Heather course, which started BOYNE Golf’s boom back in 1966. The National Course of the Year in 2019, The Heather is a classic parkland experience. The popular Arthur Hills course takes golfers through a variety of landscapes including the hills of Northern Michigan reaching a pinnacle on the 13th tee with a 50-mile view of the region. Last year, BOYNE began renovation work on its Donald Ross Memorial course, a classic rendition of great golf holes designed by the Hall of Fame architect. The fourth course, The Moor, is also undergoing renovations that include widening fairways, expanding collection areas around the greens, all to create a variety of more fun and playable shot options for golfers. Coming soon Boyne is adding Doon Brae, a 9-hole short course built into one of the lower ski slopes, slated to open this summer.
Complementing the world-class golf, The Highlands is also home to the BOYNE Golf Academy featuring nationally recognized professional instructors who have developed a variety of game-improvement programs for all levels. Technology is the highlight for golfers who can experience the GEARS Golf system that can analyze your golf swing and fit you into the best-possible equipment for your game through BOYNE’s Fitting Center. At their 34-acre, 360-degree training facility they have added a TrackMan Range Experience, which marries incredible state-of-the-art technology with a classic practice facility.
The third BOYNE Golf property, the quaint Boyne Mountain Resort, is located 30 minutes south of The Highlands. The Mountain Grand Lodge & Spa at “the Mountain” features two 18-hole layouts, The Monument and Alpine courses, which offer outstanding golf that appeals to golfers of all skill levels and the most spectacular panoramas in the state. The hotel was the first ski in/ski out lodge in America with an indoor waterpark. The all-suites lodge features the Avalanche Bay indoor waterpark (one of the largest in the Midwest) – as well as the Solace Spa, an 18,000 square foot luxury spa that offers the best seasonal treatments. The latest addition is SkyBridge Michigan, the world’s highest and longest timber suspension bridge that is over 1100 feet long and sits 120 off the valley floor offering panoramic views of the Boyne Valley.
It’s no wonder that the accolades keep coming in on BOYNE Golf. Publications like Forbes, Golf Digest and Golfweek continuously rank BOYNE and its courses among the best in America. The variety of golf here is collectively refreshing, the scenery amazing, and the staff always welcoming. If you visit in the summer, you can easily fit in 36 holes every day. During the long Northern Michigan days that time of year, golfers play well into the evening hours — sometimes close to 10 p.m.
BOYNE Golf is located near Petoskey, MI, just south of the Mackinac Bridge and historic Mackinac Island, USA Today’s #1 Summer Destination for 2024. Getting there has never been easier. Nearby Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport offers non-stop flights from 17 major U.S. cities during the summer months. For private jets, Boyne Mountain features a 5,200-foot landing strip. To score a great golf package – or to find out more information – visit www.boynegolf.com or contact a BOYNE Golf Experience Agent at 844.884.4374. They will assist you in planning your golf vacation of a lifetime.