When searching for a golf buddies trip location, BOYNE Golf seemed to check all the boxes. Its location in the northwest portion of Lower Michigan provides perfect summer weather and long summer days, allowing you to play 36 holes or more!
BOYNE Golf is home to 10 courses, including two in the Golf Digest Top 100, all located within 20 minutes of Petoskey, Michigan. It is the largest golf resort group in America north of the famous Pinehurst, N.C. For diehard golf junkies, Boyne Highlands is the place to set up base camp. We selected the Ross Cottages, which were the perfect gathering place each night after golf. It helped that we noticed Golf.com readers selected the Highlands as the country’s “No. 1 Golf Resort for Value.”
The BOYNE collection of golf started in 1965 when founder Everett Kircher hired world-famous architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. to put Boyne Highlands on the map as more than a ski destination. We opened our four-day golf boondoggle on The Heather. The design, selected as the 2019 National Golf Course Owners Course of the Year, is an old-school parkland classic with massive bunkers and fun challenging green complexes.
Day 2 started on Donald Ross Memorial, a wonderful rendition of 18 great Donald Ross holes from around the world. Holes were carefully selected to match topography, and the green complexes are nearly perfect. Seminole, Oakland Hills, Pinehurst, and Inverness holes are among the amazing collection.
That afternoon we enjoyed the Arthur Hills course. A big, bold design, it kept building in an almost suspenseful way with one fun golf hole leading to another. Six tee box options on all of the BOYNE Golf courses make it enjoyable for all levels of golfers. Most memorable was the 13th hole, a par 5 that features a downhill 400-foot drop from tee-to-green and a view of 4000 acres!
Day 3, we played BOYNE Golf’s flagship property, Bay Harbor Golf Club’s 27-holes (Links, Quarry, Preserve) designed by Arthur Hills. It is nestled dramatically along a five-mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline. We played the marque Links/Quarry course. It was spectacular as holes ran both inland and along the bluffs overlooking the big lake. The two contrasting nines offered an unmatched variety of holes. One minute we found ourselves playing along the cliffs overlooking Lake Michigan, and the next minute we were hitting shots down through a scenic rock-quarry.
Our final day included a stop Boyne Mountain, offering The Alpine and The Monument courses. After a ten- minute drive to the top of the mountain and the first tees, the courses offer tremendous views of Deer Lake as you play down the back-side of Boyne Mountain. The Beach House across the street offered the perfect patio lunch setting to end our trip!
BOYNE Golf clearly checked off all of the requirements for our great golf vacation and was recognized by FORBES.com as one of the Best Golf Resorts in America, along with Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes, Whistling Straights, Kapalua, and Pinehurst.
Several scenic Lake Michigan beach towns are close-by, and a side trip to Mackinac Island is easily managed to round out the experience. Guests can enjoy award-winning spas, local wineries and breweries, waterfront dining, and so much more in the nearby towns of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Boyne City!
It is less than a six-hour drive from most Midwestern cities or a short flight into Traverse City (TVC) and Pellston (PLN) airports. Private planes, including jets, can also land directly at Boyne Mountain’s private airstrip.
For more information visit BOYNEGolf.com or call 888.807.8251.