9 Helpful / 0 Not
Down is good!!
Pros: What a way to start a round - a free chairlift ride to the top of the mountain, a stunning view, and a brew from the Eagle's Nest!
This course starts at the top of the Boyne Mountain ski runs, just past the Eagle's Nest restaurant. Ride the lift up (I was told there's no charge for the lift here), then follow the sidewalk at the top a few yards past the restaurant to find the first tee marker just off the path to the left. The first pin is in the woods across the dip.
Most tee areas are marked with brightly colored and numbered paddle-shaped posts. They've also topped most baskets with a flag or cone to make them more visible. It appears that numerous trash cans have been added for this year, as well.
Distances vary widely with 6 holes over 375'! Many of the shorter holes have more closed-in or difficult fairways. Holes #1, #5, #7-#10, and #13-#18 are all mostly open while the remainder are mostly wooded. Fairways in the wooded areas are all very well defined, and several holes start in close wooded areas then open up past the initial drive. Basket placement was interesting on most holes, with several being on hill sides or surrounded by trees. Uphill, downhill, cross-valley, and over hill shots abound as many of the elevation changes and terrain undulations inherent in a ski area were put to good use.
Holes #3, with its wooded tee area, uphill drive, left turn in the open around a giant sand pit and back into the woods, then its basket buried behind the sand hill in the woods; #6 with its short, sharp right through the woods and its sidehill basket placement; #11 with its elevated tee area on a steepish hiking path and its downhill, wooded basket; and #16's short right turn behind the woods are the highlight holes on this course. They are all challenging and very creative in their use of elevation, vegetation, and basket placement.
Cons: Loose, sandy terrain can make walking this course a bit treacherous, so you'll want to wear supportive shoes or hikers.
Poor or missing signage in a few places didn't cause any real problems in navigation, but it did detract from the experience a bit.
A lack of true tee boxes and loose sand footing in most places made teeing off a pain on many holes. The footing on holes #9-#11, in particular, is horrendous (not just the tee areas, either)!
Holes #14-#18 just work their way back and forth across mostly open ski runs and they got a bit repetitive, especially compared to the challenge and variety of the earlier holes. Fortunately, the wooded bottle neck and hidden basket on #17 and the long downhill bomb on #18 meant they weren't completely ho-hum.
This is a big course, and there's no refreshment available once you've passed the Eagle's Nest, so bring water.
Other Thoughts: If you're not a skier and haven't spent any time in the base area, finding your way around can be a challenge. The roundabout in the main village is technically a no parking zone, but they're not real picky about it most of the summer.
The food in the bar right at the tip of the roundabout is pretty good although a bit pricey. Take a tour through the toy and candy shop downstairs in the village and get some giant Smartys to snack on while you're playing. The store directly across the way also has beverages and such for sale.
As is usual with Boyne properties, no one really seems to know what's going on, so don't be surprised if you get the blank look from some employees. While the site says there's a charge for the chairlift, I was told it runs most of the summer and can be ridden for free. If the fam doesn't play make sure they bring their swim gear and drop them off at Avalanche Bay.
JMHO, but, given a choice to play Avalanche Park or here, I'd pick Boyne every time.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Excellent mountaintop scenery. Freindly, helpful staff. Free ride to Tee #1. Fairly quick and easy compared to it's neighbor Avalanche Park.
Cons: Confusing hole placement. Poor signage. Only 2 or 3 different types of holes. Full of trash - bottles and cans all over the woods.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
One of the better ones
Pros: Fun course, quite a bit of variety.
Cons: Not the most accessible of courses. If you've never been to Boyne Mountain before, parking and finding the right building for the "front desk" can be a bit confusing. Also, the course isn't the most well maintained. Seems like they throw in the baskets in the spring and don't touch anything again until they take 'em out in the fall.
Other Thoughts: When we were there, they gave us a free shuttle to the top, and, judging from other reviews, getting to the top free seems pretty common. Just be aware that there is supposed to be a charge for riding to the top.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Wow. Simply put, wow...
Pros: You can't beat the scenery. Easily one of the true beauties in Michigan.
We went on Memorial Day Sunday so the chair-lift was running and FREE.
Check-in at the hotel's front-desk and get a scorecard and map. Very useful.
Great variety of holes, long-short and tight-wide.
Orange cones on top of baskets aid in finding your target, use a spotter on the many blind holes.
Uses the land well, criss-crossing the entire mountain through the woods and in the open all the way down. Bring a camera.
Cons: Some tee-boxes are made up of deep dune-sand, as well as a lot of the course itself. Very slow walking.
Get a map as there are some questionable 'Next tee' situations.
Can get windy.
Look out for bikes and walkers. Some holes throw down bike paths.
Not many 'economically friendly' eateries in the area.
Other Thoughts: A real pleasure to play here. A true gem of a course. Despite the deep sand and me losing my Red Champion Wraith on the first hole, it rivals most/any place in the state.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A great course if you like hiking and disc golfing. each hole is great with its own special needs. beautifull course and great for people who want a chalenge. Holes are long and the only short ones are in the woods.
Cons: No map. hard to find your way around. but once you figure it out you get used to it.
Other Thoughts: I had to keep asking the park manager where the next tee was. This was the first ever course that i played this is where i discovered the game. Almost like flip city but without the rocks. bring somthing to drink unless you think you can go 18 holes without water or somthing. very beautiful.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
skip this course for now
Pros: of the 3 courses in the area this is the "most professional".
ride the lift to the top of the hill (for a small charge) or walk. and then wind your way down the hill. the holes are on the longer side for me, but it is a fun course. you can ask for a scorecard/map at the main lodge and they also have discs available if you haven't brought your own.
Cons: it can be difficult to know where to park so that you are close to your car when you are finished.
edit: holes 8,9,10, and 11 have been altered by Boyne. they've added a cabin up on the hill that sits not far from the basket for #8 and they have lots for sale for home sites. the ground is all sandy from the earth being reshaped and the changes to the holes listed make them quite a bit more boring.
also the woods area around holes 13-15 have been thinned. now all of the trees that they removed are laying in piles all over the fairway. particularly a big huge pile right in the way of your approach shot to the green on 15.
Other Thoughts: previously i had rate this course a 3.5 to 4. but with that way the course sits now (see my edit) i can't give it better than a 2. it has potential to be a great course but Boyne Mountain just doesn't seem to take care of what they have and have have made steps to worsen the course.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Riding up a ski lift for disc golf was pretty cool, I was not charged just had to get pass from front desk, nice variety of wooded holes with lots of elevation changes, score cards and rental discs available at front desk,challenging and fun,great views of Michigans mountains,overall it was a fun course to play I would play again,
Cons: Tee pads are natural with some a little sandy and easy too lose balance, a few holes are a bit confusing on which basket is which,
Other Thoughts: This course is pretty long bring water,If your in the area I would recommend checking this course out,
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Tons of fun - a must play!
Pros: Absolutely gorgeous scenery and vistas. Lots of fun to throw up and down hills. Plenty of variety and challenge.
Honestly, it was a long time ago that I played this course and maybe shouldn't be reviewing it. I just remember how great the vistas were and playing some really fun holes.
Cons: Some chance of losing discs. Maybe a bit strenuous of a hike for some.
Other Thoughts: Don't be a dirty discer. Leave the course cleaner than you found it!
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Set on a ski slope, starting at the top and winding its way through cross country trails and then down the side of another slope. Spectacular views and scenery, and the hole designs are creative and challenging. Some elevation changes, some woods, some sand. Free to play if you want to climb the mountain (very strenuous workout), but you can pay to get a ride to the top. Well marked and fairly easy to navigate (ask for scorecards in the Lodge at the concierge desk)
Cons: Seemed to be a lot of trash around the tees, which is a shame considering how beautiful the scenery is otherwise.
Other Thoughts: On our 2006 Northern Michigan Disc Golf vacation, this was the highlight of the trip, and we considered playing the course again in the afternoon, but opted for nearby Avalanche Park instead.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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