Golf News for Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | Courses

BOYNE offers largest collection of golf courses in the Midwest

BOYNE FALLS, Mich. -- New this summer, golfers can play the newly redesigned Crooked Tree Golf Club, plug-in with new carts featuring USB ports at Bay Harbor Golf Club, get custom club fitting from the newest Scratch Golf Fitting Center at Boyne Highlands, and learn from award-winning instructors with the all-new BOYNE Golf Academy.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Receives Facelift from Arthur Hills
Work began last fall at Crooked Tree Golf Club in Petoskey when renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills was contracted to redesign Nos. 16, 17, and 18 to make the holes more playable. Hills and his associates at Hills & Forrest—International Golf Course Architects have made significant changes moving greens, reshaping fairways, and completing bunker work. The newly redesigned holes are expected to open on June 20, 2014. Crooked Tree Golf Club was originally designed by Harry Bowers and opened in 1991. The course is a favorite in the region for its challenging elevated terrain and blind-shots, yet also offers plenty of rewards with impeccable greens, centuries-old hardwoods, and breathtaking scenic vistas of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay. For tee times, call 800.462.6963.

New Bunker Sand on The Moor course at Boyne Highlands Resort
An extensive bunker renovation project wraps up this spring on The Moor course at Boyne Highlands. The bunkers' new sand improves player conditions and consistency, while also enhancing the course aesthetics.

Tech-Savvy Carts Come to Bay Harbor Golf Club
At Bay Harbor Golf Club you can expect the best and that includes while driving the course. This summer, Bay Harbor Golf Club has added 114 new EZ-GO TXT golf carts with the latest features including a USB port to recharge mobile phones, rangefinders, and other small electronics. The carts new design also allows for larger storage of devices with space enough for an iPad. Before a round, be sure to download Bay Harbor Golf Club's App for a suite of tools including a GPS caddie, rangefinder, scorecard, weather conditions, and more. For tee times, call 800.462.6963.

All-New BOYNE Golf Academy and Award-Winning Instructors
The BOYNE Golf Academy, founded by PGA Professional Brian O'Neill, is expanding this summer beyond Boyne Highlands Resort to offer new golf instruction programs at sister resort, Boyne Mountain. The programs are led by four PGA professionals including O'Neill who serves as director of golf instruction; Mike Fay, director of player performance; Barry Redmond, senior teaching professional; and Brian Schulte, director of golf fitness. The BOYNE Golf Academy's programs have been revamped with a holistic approach to learning and development of golf skills and an emphasis on fitness, nutrition, and club fitting. The academy's signature summer program is the Boyne Golf Performance Experience featuring a TPI Golf fitness evaluation, TrackMan ball flight analysis with drills, and a 3-to-1 student-teacher ratio. Other programs include one- and two-day short game clinics utilizing the resorts' new wedge ranges and ladies only instruction, as well as Nike Junior Golf Camps, a junior elite program, private instruction, and season-long instructional membership.

O'Neill has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Top Ten Teachers in Michigan and is also a disciple of renowned instructor, Jim Flick. Fay has earned the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award from U.S. Kids Golf and was the first Golf Channel SwingFix Certified Instructor in Michigan. To contact the BOYNE Golf Academy, call 231.526.3848.

Scratch Golf Opens a Fitting Center at Boyne Highlands
Scratch Golf is opening a fitting and retail location at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs. The new shop is expected to open in May and operate year-round. Scratch Golf has invested nearly $300,000 in the operation, which will utilize Boyne Highlands' range facilities and putting greens to work with clients. Scratch Golf offers custom handmade clubs and wedges that are created to precisely match an individual's unique swing dynamics, and also fits and sells clubs from Nike, TaylorMade, Callaway, Titleist, and Ping. An examination using Trackman, an industry leading precision swing and ball flight analysis system, is used during their fitting process. The shop has over 15,000 possible head and shaft combinations to find the perfect golf club and is the largest selection in northern Michigan. Fittings are available by appointment by calling 231.526.3811. Scratch Golf also has a fitting center in Berkley, Michigan.

New Course and Resort Awards
Bay Harbor Golf Club was named to Golfweek's Best Resort Courses of 2014.
Bay Harbor Golf Club was named to Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play of 2014.
Boyne Highlands Resort's Arthur Hills course was named to Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play of 2014.
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club was named to Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play of 2014.
The Inn at Bay Harbor has been named to Travel + Leisure's Top 500 World's Best Hotels of 2014.

BOYNE offers the largest collection of golf courses in the Midwest with eleven courses and three resorts located in the Petoskey Area including Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, and The Inn at Bay Harbor - A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor. Golfers can take advantage of packing in up to 72 holes per day thanks to the region's long hours of daylight and ideal summer temperatures. Combine the resorts bevy of golf and wide range of accommodations, and this destination is a premier choice for vacationing golfers.

Pre-season rates for 2014 golf packages are available now from $108 per person. For lodging reservations and tee times, visit www.BOYNE.com or call 800.462.6963.

Boyne Highlands Resort
600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231.526.3000 | 800.462.6963 | boynehighlands.com

Boyne Mountain Resort
1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls, MI 49713
231.549.6000 | 800.462.6963 | boynemountain.com

The Inn at Bay Harbor - A Renaissance Golf Resort
3600 Village Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor, MI 49770
231.439.4000 | 800.462.6963 | innatbayharbor.com