BOYNE HIGHLANDS RESORT - The Heather 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 2018. 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, chairlift 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.
Heather Course Review
The Heather Course at Boyne 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.
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 9 holes.
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 he fairway that is
reachable off the tee. The approach is daunting - all carry over the hazard.
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.