Experience a Michigan Family Golf Getaway this Summer

No state offers more world-class golf opportunities, in quantity or quality, when it comes to summer golf. Golf buddies in America can find great Michigan courses designed by the leading golf designers in the game. Women and couples can find fun courses and resorts for great escape trips, and there are many choices for families who want their children to experience that first family golf vacation.

Read more on family golfing and some interesting courses to try via guest blogger Kevin Frisch.

I remember when I was first introduced to the game as a young teenager and my dad coming in and saying: “We are going to take a family golf vacation.” I wasn’t sure exactly what that was, but my brother and I were very excited.

Michigan's more than 650 public courses allow golfers to start at a young age

Michigan’s more than 650 public courses, with varying skill levels, allow golfers to start at a young age

We packed up the car with suit cases and golf clubs, mom included, and we made our way north to Crystal Mountain Resort. At the time Crystal Mountain was a larger-than-life ski resort, but it also had the Betsie Valley golf course, which was a fun old school parkland design that was easy for me and my brother to play, and fun for my mom and dad. It was a week that would change my life. I fell in love with the game of golf and created some long-lasting family memories.

Crystal Mountain is one of many pristine courses in Michigan

Crystal Mountain is one of many pristine courses in Michigan

Today, Crystal Mountain Resort has become one of the top golf and four-season resort destinations for families, and is still a perfect place to take the family and kids on that family golf vacation. The Betsie Valley is still that same fun golf course for the family, and now they have added the Mountain Ridge course and a Youth Golf Academy. Kids 17-under play for free when accompanied by an adult, and Wednesdays and Sundays feature Family Golf Events.

Add in the Water’s Edge Water Park, Edge Adventure Course, Alpine Slide, the Crystal Spa and many other family activities, and it is clear Crystal Mountain is a perfect family golf destination.

Boyne Resorts is also a leading four-season destination with its Boyne Mountain Resort being another perfect family golf destination. The Alpine course, which overlooks Deer Lake, is a fun parkland design, a fun course for the kids who can play the forward tees easily, as well as a challenge for dad from the back tees. The Monument course also offers a challenging experience with great views, elevation changes, and its popular 18th hole with the island green. Make sure to check out the Family Funday Sundays on the Monument course. The Mountain also offers a variety of junior programs, camps, and instruction for kids to learn the game, while mom and dad can enjoy some alone time.

Boyne Mountain offers many unique challengers for both beginners and experts

Boyne Mountain offers many unique challengers for both beginners and experts

In addition to golf, the highlight at Boyne Mountain for a family golf getaway will be Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark where kids can escape. In addition, the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa offers a variety of other activities including chairlift rides, zip-lining, spa, and the beautiful Deer Lake with kayaking, a sandy beach, and lawn games.

There are a few golf resorts around Michigan that might not offer as many non-golf activities, but offer some fun golf for the family and kids. Gull Lake View near Battle Creek with its playable East and West courses are very family friendly. Lakewood Shores Resort features its Serradella course and its Wee Links course right behind the condos is fun for all ages, and in Cadillac, Evergreen Golf Resort offers 27 fun and playable holes for the family.

A family golf vacation to one of Michigan’s golf resort areas can change the life of a youngster while creating lifelong memories.

Kevin Frisch

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Kevin Frisch is the owner and CEO of Fusion Media Strategies, a Michigan based marketing and public relations company specializing in the golf industry serving golf clients nationwide. 

Family Fun at Krazy Daze at Boyne Highlands

Looking for something fun to do with family and friends this month? Consider heading to Krazy Daze at Boyne Highlands on March 16th! From live bands and wild costumes to ski races and events geared just for kids, Krazy Daze offers something for everyone. To learn more, we spoke with Erin Ernst, Director of Communications for BOYNE.

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself and Boyne Resorts? 

A: I am the Director of Communications for BOYNE, which is comprised of Boyne Highlands Resort, Boyne Mountain Resort, The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort, Bay Harbor Golf Club, Boyne Country Sports and Boyne Realty.  Each is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.

Q: For those who aren’t familiar, what is Krazy Daze?

A: Krazy Daze takes place Saturday, March 16 and is a full day celebration of spring skiing, kids fun, and a variety of on-hill races for all ages.

Q: What types of family activities will be going on at Krazy Daze?

A: Family activities include on-hill race events like a Jump Competition, The Krazy Cup and Silly Slalom, plus the always popular, Ski Over the Pond, and face painting and inflatables set-up at the base of the slopes for kids to enjoy.

Q: Are there any other events going on this month at the Mountain or Highlands?

A: March is packed full of fun!  The springtime offers bluebird days, sunshine, warmer temperatures, softer snow and loads of fun events.  Our March line-up includes a new Kids’ Festival Weekend at Boyne Mountain on March 8-10; the 4th Annual Brew-Ski Festival at Boyne Highlands on March 9; Krazy Daze at Boyne Highlands on March 16 and Carnival Weekend at Boyne Mountain, March 15-17; followed by Easter Weekend and a whole line-up of fun for Spring Break at Boyne Mountain.  Spring Breakers will be able to enjoy great skiing, plus all the adventures of Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark and family entertainment like Zipline Adventure Tours, wagon rides, story time, family movies, bonfires and s’mores, and more.

Q: There is much more to do than just ski and snowboard for visitors to Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands. What other activities at the resorts or in the area do you recommend?

A: Yes, there sure is!  Zipline Adventures are great fun.  We offer two options at the resorts – the Zipline Adventure Tour is a two-and-a-half hour guided tour of multiple lines (8 lines at Boyne Highlands and 9 lines at Boyne Mountain) that start at the top of the slopes and zipline back to the base area, and Twin Zip Rides, which are a double zipline that you can ride and race against friends and family.  Boyne Highlands has the longest single zipline in Michigan at 1,350 feet long.  Both Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain offer spa experiences, and as well as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and horse-drawn wagon rides.  Boyne Mountain Resort is also home to Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, Avalanche Bay.  At 88,000 square feet, the park features water fun for all ages including five waterslides, a shallow children’s pool, a wet climbing wall, an activity pool to shoot hoops, a lazy river for floating, two hot tubs, the interactive Splasherhorn Mountain, a surf simulator, mega arcade, eateries and more.  Also, with Boyne Highlands located in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain nearby Boyne City, both resorts are also situated near distinctive towns that offer great shopping, eateries and that also host a number of special events. 

Q: When is the last day to hit the slopes this year?

A: Skiing conditions have been fantastic and with the quantity of snow we have and the long-range weather forecast, we expect our ski season at Boyne Mountain to run into mid-April.  The final day of skiing and snowboarding at Boyne Highlands is Sunday, March 24. 

Q: Where can people go to learn more about Krazy Daze?

A: To learn more about Krazy Daze or any of the other events and activities at Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain, visit www.BOYNE.com or call 800.GO.BOYNE (462.6963).

Erin Ernst is the Director of Communications for BOYNE and has worked in the resort industry for over ten years specializing in public relations, communications and marketing.  Ernst serves as a board member of several travel and tourism organizations including the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, West Michigan Tourist Association, Great Lakes Winter Trails Council and North American Snowsports Journalist Association.

Indoor Water Park Fun in Pure Michigan

Is your family looking for a wet and wild adventure this winter? With a number of exciting indoor water parks right here in our state, there’s no need to travel far for some fun. Whether it’s a day trip or a full weekend getaway, nothing brings families closer together than a Pure Michigan water park adventure.

Here are a few indoor water parks to check out around the state. For more ideas, visit michigan.org.

Great Wolf Lodge

The Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City features a 38,000 square-foot indoor water park with 8 waterslides, 5 pools, 2 whirlpools and a 4-story/12-level interactive Tree House Water Fort. The state-of-the-art facility utilizes nearly 200,000 gallons of water that is splashed, sprayed, waved and played in by both kids and parents alike.

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

Experience the ultimate family adventure at Michigan’s largest indoor water park, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark in Boyne Falls. This 88,000 square foot aquatic playground offers a complete sensory experience for all ages, and features expansive series of falls, tubes, waves and pools.

Surfari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Water Park

Michigan’s newest indoor water park, Surfari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Water Park in Watervliet offers a great escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. With two premier water slides, a kiddie water playground with tipping bucket, lazy river and activity pool and hot tub with waterfall, there’s something to please people of all ages. Whether it’s to host your child’s birthday party or just get away with the family for a day, Surfari Joe’s has plenty of options to meet your needs.

Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark

Treat your family to an unforgettable weekend at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark in Frankenmuth. Enjoy over 30,000 sq. ft. of aquatic fun with Splash landing play area, dumping bucket, giggling gorge and Perilous plunge.  Mellow out by relaxing in the whimsical whirl hot tub or just float along the Crooked Brook Creek lazy river. After splashing around, experience some of Frankenmuth’s many other offerings – including Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, located just next door to Zehnder’s.

Gold Rush Waterpark

Gold Rush Waterpark at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury is home to 60,000 square feet of indoor water park excitement – including Western Michigan’s tallest indoor waterslide. More thrill slides, a lazy/crazy river, wave pool, water fort, toddler pool, water basketball, and hot tubs offer tons of fun 365 days a year.