Sep 28, 2021

Golf Digest: Bay Harbor among Best Resorts in the Americas

Leading Northern Michigan design moves up 17 spots on the prestigious list

Petoskey, MI – BOYNE Golf announces that Bay Harbor Golf Club, the flagship golf property in Northern Michigan, has made a significant move up on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. The Links/Quarry course, part of the scenic 27-hole Arthur Hills/Stephen Kircher design located along the bluffs of Lake Michigan, was ranked No. 63 making one of the largest moves on the list.

The publication's biennial review of America's top public courses can be found on Golf Digest uses nearly 1,000 low-handicap male and female golfers on its Course Ranking Panel and asked each to submit ballots based on eight criteria including shot options, challenge, layout variety, distinctiveness, aesthetics, conditioning, character, and fun.

Golf Digest described the picturesque shoreline course: “One of three grand ‘new Pebble Beaches’ that debuted in the late 1990s, Bay Harbor was ranked third in Golf Digest's survey of Best New Upscale Public Courses of 1999, behind the twin juggernauts (and fellow Pebble Beach clones) Bandon Dunes and Whistling Straits.”

Bay Harbor Golf Club is situated on the site of an old limestone quarry and cement factory. The course offers 27-holes (Links, Quarry and Preserve). The Links nine is routed along a high bluff overlooking scenic Little Traverse Bay. Miles of majestic shoreline frames the American links-style course accented with towering dunes 200 feet or more above Lake Michigan. The Quarry nine presents a different golfing challenge as it climbs in and out of an old rock quarry. Dramatic features including a 40-foot gorge with shale cliffs, ponds, a waterfall and fairways along the bay. Meandering through acres of the hardwood forests and natural wetlands, The Preserve nine exemplifies what Northern Michigan golf is all about.

“Moving up 17 spots on this Golf Digest ranking is very significant and a testament to the great work the BOYNE Golf team has done over the years with some minor course changes, tree removal, and tee positioning all to improve variety, shot values and the overall fun factor in playing one of the most scenic golf courses in the country,” said Bernie Friedrich, Senior Vice President of Golf Operations.

About BOYNE Golf

Boyne Resorts have been recognized among the “Top 100 Resorts” by GOLF Magazine and one of the “Best Resorts in the Americas” by Golf Digest. The Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club, Boyne’s flagship properties, feature 45-holes including three golf course combinations designed by Arthur Hills (Links/Quarry, Quarry/Preserve, and Preserve/Links), and the scenic Crooked Tree Golf Club, with one of the most beautiful and iconic hotels in America, all set along a scenic five-mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline.

The Highlands, rated the No. 1 Golf Resort for Value by, features 72 holes of premier golf design. The Heather, the 2019 NGCOA Course of the Year, was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., while the Hills Course was crafted by Arthur Hills. In addition, the resort features The Donald Ross Memorial, which is a rendition of the legendary architect’s great holes from around the country, and the always-fun Moor course. The Highlands is the perfect buddy trip destination for golfers who like to play as many holes as they can during the long summer daylight hours northern Michigan features.

Boyne Mountain not only features two fun 18-hole courses (The Monument and Alpine), along with the charming Mountain Grand Lodge & Spa, it is also the leading family friendly golf destination in the region with the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, junior golf camps, and various kid golf programs. Golf Digest named Boyne Mountain one of its “Top-10 Destinations for Family Golf Trips.”

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