Golf Digest: Bay Harbor among Best Resorts in the Midwest

Golf Digest: Bay Harbor among Best Resorts in the Midwest

Boyne Resorts flagship property recognized by Golf Digest editors

Petoskey, MI – The Inn at Bay Harbor, the flagship property for BOYNE Golf, one of the largest golf destinations in north America, received the Editors’ Choice Award by Golf Digest as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest.

The publication’s annual review of “The Best Things in Golf” by its editors appears online at Golfdigest.com featuring the Best Resorts in the Americas. The listing recognizes resorts throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada.

The scenic Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club, located along a five-mile stretch of Lake Michigan in Northern Michigan, was recognized by the editors as one of the best resorts in the Midwest region. Bay Harbor joined other elite destinations from the Midwest including The American Club, Erin Hills, Forest Dunes, French Lick Resort, Giants Ridge, and Sand Valley.

“We are thrilled to be recognized once again by Golf Digest,” Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resort’s senior vice president of golf operations, said. “The combination of these two unique properties, the spectacular location along the shores of Lake Michigan, and the service level provided to our guests makes this one of the top golf destination experiences in the country.”

Named a “Top Resort” and “Top Spa” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, the Inn at Bay Harbor has been a must-experience destination since opening in 1998. It became a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels in 2016.

The shoreline destination, designed in homage to the grand hotels of the late 19th century, features 111 newly renovated guest rooms including one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, as well as 22 Lakeside Cottages, 13 Crooked Tree Cottages, world-class spa amenities, and a variety of dining options and meeting space.

Complementing the beautiful Inn at Bay Harbor are 45 scenic golf holes overlooking Lake Michigan. Bay Harbor Golf Club (Golf Digest Top 100 Public Course) features 27 holes designed by Arthur Hills, which plays as three different course combinations. The Links/Quarry, Quarry/Preserve, and Preserve/Links combinations meander along the bluffs of Lake Michigan, trek through a rugged old limestone quarry, and wander through beautiful northern Michigan hardwoods. Crooked Tree Golf Club is perched on bluffs high above Bay Harbor. The course was sculpted through century-old hardwoods and the back nine opens to breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan.

Beyond the world-class golf Boyne Resorts’ Michigan properties are centered amid one of America’s most beautiful vacation spots. The scenic Lake Michigan beach towns of Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, and Petoskey are minutes away, and a side trip to Mackinac Island is easily managed. Guests can enjoy award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, water sports, gaming, microbreweries, wineries, hiking, biking, tennis, zip-lining, shopping and more capped by the spectacular northern Michigan sunsets.

For more information, visit  http://www.innatbayharbor.com and http://www.facebook.com/innatbayharbor.  

About BOYNE Golf

Boyne Resorts has been named one of North America’s “Premier Resorts” (Gold) by GOLF Magazine. The Inn at Bay HarborandBay 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. 

Boyne Highlands, rated the No. 1 Golf Resort for Value by Golf.com, 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.”

For more information, visit BOYNEGolf.com.

BOYNE Golf’s Bay Harbor Golf Club Appoints New General Manager, Head Golf Professional

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BOYNE Golf’s Bay Harbor Golf Club Appoints New General Manager, Head Golf Professional

Robert Fuhrman and Steve Niezgoda Bring Decades of Experience to Respective Positions

(PETOSKEY, Mich.) BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier courses spanning three resorts in the heart of “America’s Summer Golf Capital” – has made two new appointments at its 27-hole Bay Harbor Golf Club.

Robert Fuhrman is the club’s new general manager, bringing more than 30 years’ experience with Boyne Resorts to the position. A 26-year member of the PGA of America, Fuhrman has excelled in a variety of golf roles across BOYNE’s portfolio of properties. Most recently, he was Bay Harbor’s head golf professional from 2001 to 2015.

Steve Niezgoda has stepped into Fuhrman’s vacated role as head golf professional. No stranger to Bay Harbor, Niezgoda spent time with the club as an intern before beginning his full-time professional career with BOYNE as an assistant golf professional. Steve returns to Michigan from Maine’s Sugarloaf Resort, a BOYNE-managed property where he was the Director of Golf, Retail and Rental.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Robert and Steve in their new roles at Bay Harbor Golf Club,” says Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and resort sales. “Our organization prides itself on promoting from within, as it ensures continuity of the service-first culture we’ve championed from our earliest days.”

This year marks Bay Harbor Golf Club’s 20th anniversary. The byproduct of a massive land reclamation project, Bay Harbor brought the first lakeside, five-star resort golf experience to the region.

The club boasts three distinct nine-hole courses – The Links, The Preserve and The Quarry – all designed by Arthur Hills. The Links is reminiscent of Ireland’s famous seaside courses with six holes overlooking Lake Michigan; The Quarry winds its way through an immense, abandoned shale quarry; and The Preserve features stately trees towering over native grasses, wild flowers and wetlands. The 18-hole Links / Quarry combination is regularly ranked among the U.S.’s top 100 public courses by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine.

With courses designed and inspired by renowned architects like Hills, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Donald Ross, BOYNE Golf’s three flagship resorts offer experiences to suit players of all ages and abilities.

Boyne Highlands Resort

  • Arthur Hills (18) – Tumbling terrain and wide fairways deliver enjoyment for all skill levels
  • Donald Ross Memorial (18) – Replicates classic, memorable holes created by namesake
  • The Heather (18) – Flawlessly-conditioned Robert Trent Jones design appeals to purists
  • The Moor (18) – Traditional layout highlighted by a variety of dogleg holes
 The Inn at Bay Harbor 
  • Bay Harbor Golf Club
    • The Links (9) – Setting on windswept cliffs along coastline evokes game’s ancient roots 
    • The Preserve (9) – Tree-lined holes dominate before dramatic lakefront finish
    • The Quarry (9) – Distinctively nestled in abandoned shale quarry
  • Crooked Tree Golf Club (18) – Recently redesigned Nos. 16-18 enhance playability and charm
Boyne Mountain
  • The Alpine (18) – Fun and fair; annual host of Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions
  • The Monument (18) – Panoramic vistas combine with hole-by-hole tribute to golf history
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 Boyne City, 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 mean golf isn’t the only game in town.

More information: www.BOYNEGolf.com, info@BOYNE.com, 844.634.5315

About BOYNE Golf

BOYNE Golf offers the largest collection of courses (10) in the Midwest shared among three resorts in northwest Michigan’s Petoskey area: Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, and the Inn at Bay Harbor in Bay Harbor. Golfers play up to 72 holes daily thanks to the region’s long daylight hours and ideal temperatures. With courses suited to a wide range of playing abilities, accommodations for every taste and budget, world-class amenities and memorable off-resort attractions, BOYNE is a premier destination for vacationing golfers, families and meeting planners.

BOYNE Golf Academy Unveils New ‘Power Clinic’ for 2016

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BOYNE Golf Academy Unveils New ‘Power Clinic’ for 2016

Instruction Program Uses Cutting-Edge Analysis from GEARS Golf 3-D Body and Club Tracking System and TrackMan Launch Monitor to Increase Driver Distance


(PETOSKEY, Mich.)
BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier courses spanning three resorts in the heart of “America’s Summer Golf Capital” – announces a new “Power Clinic” has been added to BOYNE Golf Academy’s menu of instruction programs for 2016.As its name suggests, the Power Clinic will focus on techniques to hit the ball further off the tee. The one-day session includes a comprehensive assessment with the Academy’s GEARS Golf system, the industry-leading 3-D body and club tracking system. This is complemented by swing analysis on a TrackMan launch monitor. A maximum 4:1 student to instructor ratio is crucial to fostering an optimal learning environment.

“Golfers of all skill levels are eternally on the hunt for a few extra yards with the driver,” says Brian O’Neill, director of golf instruction for BOYNE Golf Academy. “The combination of BOYNE Golf Academy’s state-of-the-art technology, our team’s decades of teaching experience, and the commitment to help golfers gain more distance are sure to make the Power Clinic a popular offering in 2016.”

Power Clinics are scheduled for June 11, July 9, July 23 and August 6. Priced at $799 / person, they include:

  • Five hours of coaching and assessment
  • GEARS Golf 3-D session
  • TrackMan and V1 Pro Video Analysis with speed training
  • Drills to take home for continued improvement
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) physical assessment
  • One round of golf
  • One follow-up coaching session
  • Lunch with instructors
The Power Clinic joins several other Academy offerings on the 2016 schedule. They include the Boyne Golf Performance Experience, FORE Ladies Only, Couples Golf School, and Junior Elite Program.BOYNE Golf Academy is located at Boyne Highlands Resort, one of BOYNE Golf’s three flagship properties.

Boyne Highlands Resort

Arthur Hills (18) – Tumbling terrain and wide fairways deliver enjoyment for all skill levels
Donald Ross Memorial (18) – Replicates classic, challenging holes created by namesake
The Heather (18) – Flawlessly-conditioned Robert Trent Jones design appeals to purists
The Moor (18) – Demanding layout highlighted by a variety of dogleg holes

The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort

  • Bay Harbor Golf Club
    • The Links (9) – Setting on windswept cliffs along coastline evokes game’s ancient roots
    • The Preserve (9) – Tree-lined holes dominate before dramatic lakefront finish
    • The Quarry (9) – Distinctively nestled in abandoned shale quarry
  • Crooked Tree Golf Club (18) – Recently redesigned Nos. 16-18 enhance playability and charm 
Boyne Mountain
  • The Alpine (18) – Fun and fair; annual host of Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions
  • The Monument (18) – Panoramic vistas combine with hole-by-hole tribute to golf history

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

BOYNE Winter Golf School Coming to Florida’s PGA Village

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BOYNE Winter Golf School Coming to Florida’s PGA Village
Escape the Cold for Instruction from BOYNE Golf Academy Teachers at the PGA of America’s Impressive Center for Golf Learning and Performance
(PETOSKEY, Mich.) BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier golf courses spanning three resorts in the scenic northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula – will host its third season of the BOYNE Winter Golf School at PGA Village (Port St. Lucie, Fla.).Three-day programs are available from January through April and will be led by BOYNE Golf Academy veterans Brian O’Neill and Mike Fay. Instruction will take place at the PGA of America’s acclaimed Center for Golf Learning and Performance (CLP) and PGA Golf Club.

The CLP is a 35-acre facility featuring more than 100 full-swing practice stations, a world-class fitness and performance center, multiple pitching and chipping areas, 7,000 square feet of USGA-certified putting greens and a three-hole teaching course. Nearby PGA Golf Club boasts 72 holes of championship golf (Wanamaker, Dye, Ryder and St. Lucie Trails golf courses), as well as a new 20,000-square-foot clubhouse.

“BOYNE Winter Golf School is an excellent opportunity to escape to sunny Florida for a few days and sharpen your game for the heart of the 2016 season,” says Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and resort sales. “Brian and Mike have a strong track record of success incorporating state-of-the-art technology with tried and true techniques to help players of all ages and abilities.”

Highlights of the BOYNE Winter Golf School include:

  • 3:1 student to teacher ratio
  • 24 total hours of coaching
  • Trackman ball flight analysis
  • V1 coaching video analysis with voice over
  • Three rounds of golf with on-course coaching throughout
  • Individualized golf fitness evaluation with a Titleist TPI Professional
  • Custom, take home BOYNE Golf Academy Total Game Evaluation booklet
  • Lunch daily at the recently revamped and renamed Taplow Pub at PGA Village
  • One hour follow-up lesson with the BOYNE Golf Academy at Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Highlands Resort or Bay Harbor Golf Club
  • Continued instruction through BOYNE’s on-line coaching system 

Rates begin at $2,000 per person; more details are available here.

For more information about BOYNE Golf and the BOYNE Golf Academy: www.BOYNEGolf.com, info@BOYNE.com, 844.634.5315

About BOYNE Golf

BOYNE Golf offers the largest collection of courses (10) in the Midwest shared among three resorts in northwest Michigan’s Petoskey area: Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, and The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor. Golfers play up to 72 holes daily thanks to the region’s long daylight hours and ideal summer temperatures. With courses suited to a wide range of playing abilities, accommodations for every taste and budget, world-class amenities and memorable off-resort attractions, BOYNE is a premier destination for vacationing golfers, families and meeting planners.