Playing The Alpine at Boyne Mountain
I had the chance today to add another course to my “collection: The Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain.
A Bill Newcomb design, Alpine is one of two courses at Boyne Mountain (the other is the Monument). The Monument and Alpine are hosts to the annual Michigan Tournament of Champions, where each invited player has won a Michigan major golf tournament or state title. The tournament is staged by the Michigan PGA Section.
Alpine is a beautiful parklands course, with lots of elevation changes as it winds its way down, across and up one of Boyne’s Ski mountains. Fortunately, there is enough real estate at Boyne Mountain that golfers will see ski lifts and snow guns only on the ten minute cart ride to the top of the mountain. From there, through all 7, 056 yards of course, Alpine is an enjoyable round in a lovely environment.
For those unfamiliar with Boyne Mountain, it is a four seasons resort in Northern Michigan. In addition to golf, there is skiing, an indoor water park, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, tennis (and a tennis academy), swimming, paintball, horseback riding. There is also what is said to be one of the best spa experiences in the midwest. I have not tried it so I can’t say. But given the terrific way Boyne does everything else, I think it would be good.
Hmmm. Maybe I can score some husband points by getting Mrs. GolfBlogger an appointment there …
I have, on the other hand, enjoyed skiing at Boyne Mountain, and on one wintery weekend many years ago, had a chance to try the waterpark. Fun stuff.
Boyne Mountain is part of the Boyne collection of resorts, which includes Boyne Highlands and Bay Harbor. Between the three properties, there are ten golf courses.
I’ll have a full review as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you find yourself in Northern Michigan, you can safely add this to your list of courses to play.