Donald Ross Memorial at Boyne Highlands Resort

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5.0
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4.7
Friendliness
5.0
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4.7
Amenities
4.7
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4.5
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5.0
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2 out of 2 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6814
Slope 143
Rating 73.9
Type Resort
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Brown 72 6814 yards 73.9 143
Purple 72 6563 yards 72.3 140
Orange 72 6233 yards 71.1 136
Orange (W) 72 6233 yards 77.4 145
Green 72 5658 yards 67.9 132
Green (W) 72 5658 yards 74.2 139
Silver 72 4935 yards 64.5 122
Silver (W) 72 4935 yards 69.8 129
Scorecard for Donald Ross Memorial
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Brown M: 73.9/143 383 336 196 434 617 402 336 181 497 3382 422 339 159 510 435 377 568 184 438 3432 6814
Purple M: 72.3/140 364 326 185 422 593 376 328 181 484 3259 413 330 159 502 410 366 533 184 407 3304 6563
Orange M: 71.1/136 W: 77.4/145 351 317 174 399 561 365 311 167 467 3112 404 309 147 458 394 354 513 167 375 3121 6233
Green M: 67.9/132 W: 74.2/139 338 309 146 377 476 348 293 143 379 2809 347 298 128 411 325 339 494 157 350 2849 5658
Silver M: 64.5/122 W: 69.8/129 290 260 113 318 364 324 253 118 351 2391 336 282 106 372 305 307 432 140 264 2544 4935
Handicap 5 11 7 9 1 3 13 17 15 2 14 18 8 4 12 6 16 10
Par 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 36 4 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 5 15 11 3 1 13 7 17 9 2 14 18 8 4 12 6 16 10

Course Details

Year Built 1989
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 5/5 Closed: 10/8

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire is required for all players.

Reviews

4.7
4

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 1
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 1
Elevation Changes 1
Plays Long 1
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 1
A Weekend Splurge 1
Advanced Golfers 1
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 1

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Awesome course

What an awesome course, loved that each hole was a duplicate of another course. Friendly and helpful staff. Course in excellent shape and greens were very fast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A tribute course that would be good even if it wasn't tied to Donald Ross

The story behind The Memorial is a fascinating one. Top Boyne brass - like resort founder Everett Kircher and his son, Stephen - scoured the country looking for holes on Donald Ross courses worthy of bringing back to northern Michigan. Playing the Memorial will introduce you to replica holes from Inverness, Oakland Hills, Royal Dornoch, Pinehurst No. 2 and more.

But the real story is simply this: The Memorial is a really strong golf course, even if you didn't know or care about its background. It's got a good collection of holes, especially a few short par 4s. One caveat: More than 120 bunkers and thick rough make scoring difficult. If you can solve the Memorial, your game can travel anywhere.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fantastic challenge of an all star collection of Ross courses.

The Donald Ross Memorial......wow...bring your A game and be ready for sand. Our groups third and final day at Boyne Highlands and what a way to finish. Every shot is a challenge, even if you look out and think the hole looks benign, don't be fooled. The Ross course is ready to grab you at any point and add strokes to your score quickly. The sand looks and is daunting. There is plenty of it on every hole and a lot of it is very deep. A game needed and that includes sand escapes. The greens are quick but fair and true. The problem is getting to them. Stay ouit of the sand and you will score well and have earned a good refreshment after the round.

Again the golf staff at the Ross was just as excellent and professional as we had seen our previous two days. I know I am repeating from other reviews but I can't say enough good things about the entire golf staff at Boyne Highlands. They were great to work with in advance of our outing and even more so with all of the people in our group upon arrival at each course.

This Ross design takes some of his leading holes from his other famous designs and puts them into one 18 hole challenge. It's a nice idea and you can read about the holes, where they are located course wise and realize the greats who have played them. Truly a gem of a course and a great afternoon playing it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Michigan Advisor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Play some of the toughest holes Donald Ross designed!

This course starts hard and finishes easier. You want to play Oakland Hills 16th hole, it's the finishing hole on this course. The first 8 holes will test you. Appears easy starting first hole until you get to the green. Surrounded by big traps and one of narrowest greens I have every played. It doesn't get much easier. Easy 2nd hole from the tee until you have to take that second shot. Dime green uphill that slopes away from you. 3rd hold uphill par 3 with elevated green surround in the front with big deep bunkers with lots of sand. The first Par 5 over 500 yards long from orange tees, plan on driver, fair wood and another long club if your not a big hitter. The 10th hole by far one of the hardest holes if your not a straight hitter. Long par 4 with elevated dime size green. Make it three good shot hole and you might have chance at par. Play its sister course The Arthur Hills and you have had one great day of golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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