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Boyne Highlands Resort - Heather Course

General Information

BOYNE Golf features three top notch resort properties with ten courses 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 Golf 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 - Heather Course
Boyne Highlands Resort - Heather Course

The Highlands is home to four championship courses. The Heather course serviced by a clubhouse adjacent to the resort with its own grass range and putting green. The Arthur Hills, The Moor and Donald Ross Memorial courses share an expansive clubhouse about two miles away (free shuttle available for the resort). The range at the Ross Golf Center is a large 32 acre facility is one of the largest in the U.S. and offers a sand bunker that can hold an entire group! The range is also home to a TrackMan Range. The nearby BOYNE Golf Academy uses both trackman and GEARS to facilitate lessons and club fitting. The resort area also features a natural turf putting course, a par three course lit for night play, the First Tee of Northern Michigan. The private Country Club of Boyne is also on property. Visit the BOYNE Golf website by clicking here.

Boyne Highlands Resort - Heather Course

The Heather Course Review

The Heather Course at The Highlands features its own clubhouse with nicely stocked pro shop, plus a snack shop serving hot and cold sandwiches. The resort restaurant is close by - with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus available. Also on property is a practice green plus grass range with target greens that play up the mountain. On course yardage markers are posted at 100, 150, and 200 yards with sprinkler heads also measured to the center of the green. Color coded flags indicate the day's front, middle or back hole locations.

Boyne Highlands Resort - Heather Course
Boyne Highlands Resort - Heather Course

There are six sets of tee boxes that play to distances and slopes measuring 7143 yards/147 slope, 6647 yards/143 slope, 6207 yards/1139 slope, 6013 yards/135 slope for men and 140 slope for women, 5743 yards/130 slope for men and 137 slope for women, and 4845 yards with a slope of 123 from the forward tees for women. As these ratings indicate, the Heather is a formidable challenge. Golfers will encounter 60 soft sand bunkers and water hazards that come into play on nine holes.

Boyne Highlands Resort - Heather Course
Boyne Highlands Resort - Heather Course

The fairways are rolling and tree lined with frequent doglegs, but usually have ample landing zones. Many of the green complexes are raised, undulating and well protected by sand traps. Players will need a full array of short game shots to score well here. The secluded setting with scenic vistas of the surrounding hillsides makes for a peaceful round. There are some gorgeous golf holes - with none better than the closing par four. From 451 yards out this finishing hole plays downhill with a lake in the middle of the fairway that is reachable off the tee. The approach is daunting - all carry over the hazard.

Boyne Highlands Resort - Heather Course
Boyne Highlands Resort - Heather Course

The Heather is a beautiful and challenging course. Golfboards (that provide a unique golf experience) are available for an additional $30 per golfer. For more info on The Heather, visit our page for the course with direct link to their website by clicking here.

Boyne Highlands Resort - Heather Course

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