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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 73
Length 7312 yards
Slope 144
Rating 75.4
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Arthur Hills at Boyne Highlands Resort (BOYNE)
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Course Details

Year Built 1995
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 5/5 Closed: 10/15
Architect Arthur Hills (1995) Arthur Hills (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
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.

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What an absolute gem. The views were fantastic. Living in Florida, it is unlike anything that you see in a round of golf. The course was in mint shape. Pace of play was great as well. Highly recommend playing this course if you are in the area!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Boyne Resorts: Something for Everyone, Year-Round!

Ask any golfer who visits this part of the country to play golf what their favorite golf course is and odds are that someone will name a course at one of the Boyne properties. After all, there are 10 golf courses in the area that are affiliated with Boyne Resorts. The company owns and operates a total of 13 resort properties across the US, from Maine to Washington State. In addition to the golf courses, Boyne Resorts also has 10 ski resorts. All but one of the golf courses are located in Michigan and are split between 3 resorts: Boyne Highland, Boyne Mountain and Bay Harbor.

Of the three, Bay Harbor is the most upscale, not only the accommodations but the golf courses as well. Bay Harbor features three 9-hole layouts, with many holes that follow the topography of the Michigan coastline and offer incredible views of Lake Michigan. At the time it was built in 1996, the Links layout was the most expensive 9-hole golf course ever built and for many players, the par 5, 7th hole is the most memorable of all three tracks. The hole plays 490 yards from the Blue Tees and hugs the Lake Michigan coastline all the way down the right side. The landing area of the tee is generous, and a well-struck tee shot will give you the opportunity to go for the green in two. The scenery that plays out as you make your way down the fairway is absolutely incredible.

In 2014 Arthur Hills and his design company also rebuilt the last three holes of another Boyne course, Crooked Tree, located across the street from Bay Harbor, to make it more playable. Crooked Tree offers views that are every bit as spectacular as Bay Harbor. The course is built along some very hilly terrain and features significant elevation changes from tee to green. Holes 1 thru 4 set the tone; all four play from elevated tees, with the par four 3rd and 4th holes requiring precarious carries over marsh areas to sloped fairways. Most holes have large landing areas off the tee, making it the perfect venue for any level of golfer.

The Boyne Highlands Resort has four golf courses: The Moor, The Heather, Arthur Hills and the Donald Ross Memorial. The latter is a tribute course that pays homage to the late, great Donald Ross. The owners and executives of Boyne Resorts spent painstaking amounts of time to research and uncover 18 Donald Ross holes that would be considered his best. They literally traveled the globe over a several year period and came up with a list of holes that have been recreated on the Donald Ross Tribute Course. Ownership did their best to create exact replicas of these holes and make them playable by the public. Now you too can experience the best of Donald Ross’ work, all without needing a passport!

The Heather was the first course to open at the resort and was designed by Robert Trent Jones. At the time it opened in 1966, Heather was considered one of the finest championship courses in the nation. The course continues to be showered with accolades, and in the past has been ranked as one of the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play " by Golf Magazine, and "50 Best Courses for Women" by Golf for Women. Perhaps the most memorable hole is the 18th, which plays back to the clubhouse. Don’t be surprised if a group of people are there watching and critiquing your approach shot. The hole starts out with a tee shot that plays downhill and needs to stay short of the lake. From there, you’re faced with a long iron shot that is all carry over water into a wide, shallow green with bunkers in back to catch anything hit too far. A great finishing hole.

The Arthur Hills course is one of this master designer’s quintessential works. The layout is rife with strategically placed bunkers and challenging green complexes, making it a challenging course with enough variety that it will test even the most experienced golfer. All of the attributes of the Hills Course were showcased on The Golf Channel's Big Break X: Michigan. As you hit your approach to the 11th green, you begin a three-hole climb to one of the highest elevations in the area. This all leads to #18, a monstrous par 5, dogleg left around a lake. The hole is dotted with bunkers all the way around. In addition to its brilliant design, superb course conditioning and breathtaking vistas, the Hills course has earned a reputation from golf travelers as being a great test of golf for players of all levels of ability.

The fourth course at Boyne Highlands is a favorite for those in search of a true test of golf. The Moor is regarded by many as the most challenging Boyne course, and those who play here often will tell you that the difference is in the doglegs. The numerous twists and turns on the front nine favor right-handed players who hit fades as you can no doubt tell from the first two holes. Number 3 is a par 5 that plays straight uphill and much longer than the 539 yards on the card. Hit your tee shot straight of the tee. Anything short and left and you may find the water; anything right may find the trees and require a pitch out. The wide bunker that stretches across the front of the entire green presents the final obstacle and forces you to carry your approach shot onto a green that slopes back to front. This is a hole that can set the tone for the rest of your round.

To say Boyne Highlands Resort just outside Petoskey has it all is an understatement. Conceivably, you could stay here year round and never run out of things to do. During the winter months, the majority of visitors to the Boyne Highlands Resort are here for some of the best skiing conditions in the state. A few month later, during the summer, you’ll find several of the state’s best golf courses located on the property. Even if you’re not a golfer or a skier, there’s always a quick trip down the zipline, horseback riding, or a myriad of other activities at Boyne Highlands Resort.

Boyne Highlands offers many styles of accommodations including hotel-style rooms, condos, townhomes and cottages. Need something bigger? Choose from several rental homes that sleep up to 16 guests. Boyne Highlands also offers several dining venues, where you will find everything from a cup of hot cocoa to a sizzling steak with all the trimmings. It just depends on what you’re hungry for; there’s something for everyone!

Boyne Mountain Resort also offers golfers a couple of options and the unique opportunity to play your way down the mountain after a mile drive to the first tees at the summit. The Alpine course is located in a spectacular mountainside setting and features panoramic views of Deer Lake. The Alpine Course moves down the mountainside and puts forth a wide variety of hazards; it’s a layout that will test every aspect of your golf game. Odds are that once you've discovered The Alpine Course, you'll want to play it again and again.

Alpine’s sister course, The Monument, was designed for players of all skill levels and pays homage to some of America’s most memorable and accomplished golfers. Thirteen of these greats have been honored with a bronzed plaque highlighting their professional achievements that is embedded in the boulders near the tee boxes at each hole. You’ll find names such as Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Peggy Kirk and Sam Snead just to name a few. The course also pays tribute to several famous golf course architects; several design elements from names such as Donald Ross, Dr. Alister Mackenzie, Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio, and Pete Dye have been incorporated into the Monument Course. From your tee shot on the first hole, high atop Boyne Mountain, through the signature island green of the 18th hole, the stunning views and vistas will leave you with some fond golf memories.

Much like Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain has a bevy of cafes, restaurants and bars to choose from. Several are seasonal, but that’s not hard to figure out once you get there.

Boyne’s Adventure Pass lets you participate in a number of resort activities as often as you want: twin zip rides, zipline adventure tours, Segway tours, horseback riding, the bike park lift ticket and the scenic chairlift. Just about everything the resort has to offer outside of golf and skiing.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Arthur Hills

First time playing the course. The staff was very friendly and the young crew working the bag drop were great. I was able to play twilight with a group. The course was absolutely incredible. The layout, the conditions, the greens were all spectacular. The views are unreal and it was so peaceful. This will easily make the top ten list of courses I’ve played. Absolutely worth the trip. A must play.

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

One shot keeps 'em coming back

I shouldn't be surprised that, when Boyne guests are surveyed, the Hills always gets mentioned as a fan favorite. There's so much to like. The course is a rare par 73, finishing with three par 5s on the back nine.
A round feels like a back-country adventure. When you're on the famous elevated 13th tee, you can't see anything man-made thing on the horizon. No roads. No. houses. No telephone poles or cell towers. It's just you and Mother Earth.
There are a few water hazards throughout the round, but mostly, architect Arthur Hills guides golfers through the forest with a series of waste bunkers and sometimes mounding. The 17th hole sports an interesting feature, a set of tees on either side of a pond. The par-4 hole can change daily, giving members a different look at the split fairway. It's a nice touch on a unique resort course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

I'm quickly becoming a big Arthur Hills fan

I've had the good fortune to play a number of Arthur Hills-designed golf courses, such as this one. I have become a fan based on the variety of his designs.
The Hills course at Boyne Highlands is a terrific track.
There are a fair number of tracks with fairly large greens, some of which have false fronts or run offs. These quick, large greens require a lot of concentration and good strokes to avoid three putts. Large waste areas are present on many holes (some blind) which reinforces the necessity of accurate drives. Water and marsh areas also make frequent appearances on this solid test of golf.
This course has got it all and will challenge all levels of golfers. There are plenty of tee stations, so pick one that makes the game the most fun for you and have at it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Art Hills continues to impress

I'm surprised this track doesn't get more attention. Beautiful Arthur Hills design that sits in the shadows of the likes of Bay Harbor and HawksHead. This course should be a top 10 play in the state. Very strategic layout with great elevation changes. Also the most scenic course in the resort.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Scenic layout and in good shape

The Hills is likely the most visually appealing of the Highlands. The highlight comes on the back nine with hole #13 having quite the view from the tee box. The course is in very good shape and seems, along with the Ross Memorial course, to be in slightly better condition than the other two located at Boyne Highlands (Moors, Heathers).

My only complaint would be regarding pace of play. It's not horrible, just very inconsistent. The front nine was moving right along, but the back was a log-jam due to a couple of groups of newbies who could've used some assistance from a ranger regarding pace-of-play etiquette, had one been present.

Regardless, the layout, condition and surroundings all outweigh what was likely an exception for such an esteemed resort. The service was excellent and the resort located in a beautiful area. I'd definitely return given the opportunity...

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

The Best at Boyne Highlands

Arthur Hills is just a great course. Start easy with shortest par 4 but you must decide how much to chew off with waste area to the right. The course starts off in the valley and then goes up the "Mountain". Must stop at the top of hole 13 and get a picture with your group. The 13th has forced carry so make sure you pick your tees correct at the start or you will be dropping a ball on this hole. The finishing hole is one of the greater risk reward holes. You can take the long way and take your par or drive down to the water and take the short cut for potential eagle. But you must hit a good next shot. The 10th hole is one that is toughest par 4 if you lack precision. Shortest par 4 to elevated green. Anything to the right of the green has potential to roll off. If you miss your second shot just plan on bogey and go on to next hole. My final thought is keep in mind where the mountain is as putting is challenge with this and the undulation on the green.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

One course you need to play if staying at Boyne Highlands

Great course. Starts out with pretty easy par 4 as long as you don't take off more than you can chew of the sand trap or go right into the woods. The course conditions have improved as it has matured. Best hole is the Par 5 13th. Make sure you stop at the top and hit a drive. You might make the edge of the fairway. Great Par 5 finishing hole truly risk/reward hole. Hit it down the left side go for the green. Greens run nice and true. The only downside hole for me is the 10th with elephant hump green. Doesn't work for me not alot of landing area for short par 4 but plenty of sand to get you in trouble. Front 9 is starts easy and gets harder. Must play if your in upper Michigan. I recommend staying the resort and get stay and play packages as there are 3 more course to play at the Highlands.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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