BOYNE Golf - home to 11 premier golf courses spanning three resorts in the scenic northwest corner of Michigan's Lower Peninsula - announces Bay Harbor Golf Club (The Links / The Quarry nines) and The Heather and Arthur Hills courses at Boyne Highlands Resort have achieved 2015-16 "Best In State" recognition from Golf Digest.
With approximately 850 courses in the golf-rich Wolverine State, their rank among Michigan's best 25 courses places them in the top 3%, joining esteemed company like legendary private clubs Oakland Hills C.C. and Crystal Downs C.C. Bay Harbor's The Links / The Quarry 18-hole combination is also rated among the U.S.'s "100 Greatest Public Courses" by the publication.
Golf Digest panelists play and score courses based on seven criteria: shot values (receives double the weight of other categories), resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambience.
"It's an honor to have three of our courses identified for excellence by a nationally-respected authority like Golf Digest," says Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts' senior vice president of golf and resort sales. "We're proud that BOYNE Golf is the standard-bearer for the quintessential northern Michigan golf experience."
The Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club is reminiscent of Ireland's famous seaside courses. Miles of Lake Michigan shoreline form a backdrop of incomparable beauty, with undulating fairways and slick putting surfaces framed by scrub-covered dunes.
The Quarry, its sister nine, is widely heralded as one of the world's most unlikely locations for golf as it winds through an immense, abandoned shale quarry. Impressive gorges surrounded by stone cliffs, natural ponds and a gentle waterfall are hallmarks.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., The Heather was the first BOYNE Golf course and is widely credited with starting northern Michigan's golf course construction boom. Set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, The Heather is consistently recognized as one of the friendliest layouts for women and senior golfers.
The Arthur Hills course bears all the markings of its namesake designer. Wide, bunker-dotted fairways and fascinating green complexes create a deceptively challenging track. The approach to the 11th hole begins a three-hole ascent that culminates with a magnificent view from the 13th tee, one of the highest points in the region.
Beyond golf, BOYNE's unique on-property amenities include award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, Avalanche Bay - Michigan's largest indoor waterpark and adventure sport venues. They are supported by historic, lakeside resort towns Charlevoix, Harbor Springs and Petoskey all a short drive from Mackinac Island. Following in Hemingway's footsteps, taking in the famous northern Michigan sunsets, enjoying the casino and exploring acclaimed microbreweries like Petoskey Brewing mean golf isn't the only game in town. More information: www.BOYNEGolf.com, info@BOYNE.com, 844.634.5315