- Location: Boyne, MI
- Rooms: 300+
- Courses: 180 holes
- Amenities: Three full-service resorts / multiple restaurants / pools / spas / skiing
- Also good for: Best for Buddies
6 things you need to know
- Best time to go: Summer and early fall for golf; winter for skiing.
- Daily stay-and-plays start at: $455
- Golf experience: Ten golf courses in the Boyne area spread around three resorts.
- Best non-golf amenity: There’s plenty of prime fishing in the summer.
- While you're there: Check out the quaint downtowns and festivals that take place annually. Saltwater taffy and ice cream are summer staples.
- Insider tip: Don’t say you’re in the “Upper Peninsu - la” or you’ll be quickly corrected. You’re in Northern Michigan, not the UP.
The sprawling Boyne golfopolis calls itself America’s golf capital. It’s a bold declaration (we see you, Myrtle Beach!) but also a defensible one given the vast number of offerings in its lakeside locale on the northern tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula. The Boyne Golf family of courses is comprised of 10 designs, authored by architectural legends such as Arthur Hills, Robert Trent Jones Jr., and Donald Ross; there’s also a golf academy and Titleist Performance Institute. Several of the courses rent Golfboards, which is about as much fun as you can have on a golf course this side of making a birdie. Golfers can choose from a wide variety of lodging, whether traveling with their family or buddies. The Inn at Bay Harbour is the most upscale offering, but Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain are also outstanding options with activities ranging from cornhole to ziplining in the treetops. (In the winter, Boyne morphs into Michigan’s largest ski area.) Each resort has a style and price point to meet your individual needs and tastes; there are also various golf packages, so you can mix and match tee times to your heart’s content.