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Boyne Highlands Resort - Ross 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 - Ross Course
Boyne Highlands Resort - Ross 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 2 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 - Ross Course
Boyne Highlands Resort - Ross Course

Donald Ross Memorial Course Review

The Donald Ross Memorial 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.

Boyne Highlands Resort - Ross Course
Boyne Highlands Resort - Ross Course

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 six 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, 5972 yards/134 slope for men and 142 slope 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.

Boyne Highlands Resort - Ross Course
Boyne Highlands Resort - Ross Course

The Ross, Moor and Hills 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.

Boyne Highlands Resort - Ross Course

The Donald Ross Memorial Course has water hazards in play on five 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

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