Pure Michigan Connect golf contributor Tim Hygh gives us the inside scoop on the 9 gorgeous championship golf courses at Boyne.
Okay, you are planning your upcoming summer golf trip to Boyne for a buddies golf junket. Sweet. Whether it is a week-long trip or a long weekend, it will surely be a memorable golf experience.
That’s the easy part.
What’s the hard part? Well, it’s trying to play every golf course that Boyne offers. You see, Boyne’s Michigan operation now has nine championship courses from which to choose. That’s one more course than historic Pinehurst and more courses then any resort destination in the country – a whopping 180 holes!
Boyne’s ninth course is the highly touted Hidden River Golf & Casting Club. Now when you stay at Boyne on a golf package, you can include Hidden River, which has 4.5 out of 5 star rating by Golf Digest. Hidden River combines two favorite passions, golf and fly-fishing on the beautiful Maple River. It’s a short drive from Boyne Highlands and really compliments the Boyne collection. Remember too, the course is open to the public. You don’t have to stay at Boyne to play.
Make sure you take time to have a meal before or after your round at the Rainbow Room while watching the Maple River flow by. The view and feel of the setting is true northern Michigan bliss. Bring your casting rod and take some time on the river if that fancies you.
Adding Hidden River will give golfers another unique golfing experience conveniently located 10-miles off property. Hidden River also has a full practice facility and pro shop. Guided fly-fishing trips are also available.
The other Boyne courses include The Heather, Arthur Hills, Donald Ross Memorial and The Moor at Boyne Highlands; Crooked Tree Golf Club in Petoskey; Bay Harbor Golf Club of Bay Harbor and The Alpine and The Monument at Boyne Mountain.
Now here’s a morsel to make your decision easier. Boyne golf packages start at just $80 per night per person.
Tim Hygh has been involved in the Michigan golf scene since the early 80’s when the Michigan golf boom started. Hygh was a television sports director at that time, before becoming the Marketing Director at Shanty Creek, where he organized the grand opening of The Legend. Since then, Hygh has helped produce two television programs on Michigan Golf, managed tournament media centers for the past 20 years, and is currently a golf public relations consultant for Travel Michigan.