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8th Hole, Boyne Highlands Ross Course

Donald Ross Memorial Course Among Boyne Gems

The Boyne Resorts, the Midwest’s largest golf resort destination, are set to resume operations this Friday at Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Highlands Resort, the Inn at Bay Harbor.

All 10 Boyne Resorts-affiliated golf courses in and around Boyne City, Mich., will be open.

Golf courses include The Donald Ross Memorial and The Moor courses at Boyne Highlands, The Monument course at Boyne Mountain, as well as Links/Quarry and Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club. Two people will also be allowed to ride in golf carts together.

During the closure caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Boyne reviewed all resort operations and  modified them to minimize exposure and maintain safety. Social distancing will be implemented in all public areas, and there will continue to be heightened cleaning and sanitizing across all areas.

Among the most interesting of the Boyne Resorts golf properties is Donald Ross Memorial, which pays homage to the legendary golf architect who designed more than 600 courses, including Pinehurst No. 2, Seminole, Royal Dornoch, Oakland Hills, Inverness and Aronimink.

Each Ross Memorial hole is identical to a famous original in shape, bunkering, yardage and elevation changes. The 18 holes were chosen from among 300 candidates by a team that spent four years scouting Ross designs in search of holes that worked with Boyne’s gentling rolling terrain.

The Ross Memorial offers the opportunity to play holes from 14 different Donald Ross courses, many of them that are not open to public play, and to test oneself against holes that saw action in three Ryder Cups, eight U.S. Amateurs, 11 PGA Championships and 14 U.S. Opens. In 1990, Golf Digest named Donald Ross Memorial the best new course in the U.S.

From its deep hay-like rough to its domed greens, false fronts, and 120-plus bunkers, the Ross Memorial dangles risk and reward throughout and challenges players to think strategically on each tee. About a six-hour drive north of Chicago, it’s a great finale of a week-long buddies’ trip to one of Boyne’s three resorts, which offer a chance to play 10 affiliated courses, including designs by Arthur Hills and Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Boyne Ressorts Offers Re-opening Special

Golfers looking for a great golfing road trip following weeks of sheltering at home should check out the Boyne Resorts’ “Play It Your Way” golf package. This includes two nights lodging and four rounds of golf.

Stay at Boyne Mountain ResortBoyne Highlands Resort or Crooked Tree Cottages any night through June 26 as part of this limited-time offer. Two nights and four rounds start at only $236 per person at Boyne Mountain, $286 per person at Boyne Highlands or $408 per person at Crooked Tree Cottages.

The offer ends at 6 p.m. June 24. Mention the promotional code: TIMETOGOLF when booking.

By New Mexico Golf News staff

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Dan Vukelich, former editor of ABQ Free Press and Sun Country Golf magazine, is editor of He's a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America. Reach him at

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