BOYNE HIGHLANDS RESORT Donald Ross Memorial Course
Michigan Golf Course Review - A U-tube video is available at the bottom of this review.
Boyne features three top notch resort properties with 162 holes of some of the best championship golf in northern Michigan, all available for public play. With designs by renowned
architects Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills along with a course that plays tribute to Donald Ross, Boyne has received high recognition from national publications including Golf,
Golf Digest, Golf for Women, Michigan Golfer - with several layouts listed in Golfweek's Top 100 Resort Courses in the Country. For information on the property as well as info on
golf packages, visit the Properties' website by clicking here.
Boyne Highlands Resort features four world-class designer courses - the Robert Trent Jones Heather Course, The Moor, The Ross, and The Hills. Also on property are the Boyne
Golf Academy and the traditional facilities of the Country Club of Boyne, as well as a par three course (lit for night play), a unique putting course, plus the First Tee of Boyne
Highlands. Membership opportunities - which include a Members-only course and 6 other layouts, swimming, tennis, dining and spa facilities, are being promoted in 2008. The
resort amenities include nearly 400 hotel rooms and suites designed on over 3,500 acres of natural and manicured settings. Activities include a fitness area and wellness center,
swimming pool and hot tubs, chair lift rides, hiking, biking, croquet, badminton, tennis courts and various dining options. For more info on the resort, visit our page for Boyne
Highlands with direct link to their website by clicking here.
Donald Ross Memorial Course Review
The Ross Course, long considered one of Michigan's best layouts, features the likeness of 18 of Donald Ross' most famous holes from around the globe. Golfers will be treated
to the signature raised green complexes, which are often protected by sand traps but also feature down slopes that often run off the sides and backs, creating swales and
collection areas that result in challenging recovery situations. The bent grass putting surfaces vary in size and shape and are often undulating.
Ample landing zones are present off the tee on most of the tree-lined fairways, which are quite rolling with several elevated tee areas and significant mounding. There are five sets
of tee boxes that play to distances and slopes measuring 6814 yards/138 slope, 6563 yards/136 slope, 6233 yards/131 slope for men and 145 for women, 5658 yards/128 slope
for men and 133 for women, and 4935 yards with a slope of 122 for women playing from the silver tees.
The Ross, Moor and Hill courses share one clubhouse, which features a nicely stocked pro shop, restaurant/lounge with lunch items, adjacent snack shop (breakfast
sandwiches are available), plus locker rooms with showers for men and women. Practice facilities include a spacious, targeted grass range, short game area with sand bunker,
plus multiple putting greens. Each course utilizes the color coded pin placement system, with red indicating front, white - middle and yellow - the back of the green. 100, 150 and
200 yard blocks on located the fairways and sprinkler heads are also measured to the center of the green on all par fours and fives. All tee boxes also have posted measurements.
The Ross Course has water hazards in play on 5 holes, and approximately 80 sand bunkers are situated greenside or near the landing zones along the fairways. Several holes -
especially those that feature more or less a flat terrain from tee to green, have rough-sodded mounding on one or both sides, which makes recoveries for par a difficult challenge.
This is a beautiful layout and a fun round for players of all skill levels. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here