If you’re vacationing on Boyne Mountain in northern Michigan and it isn’t ski season, chances are it’s golf season. Among the 11 courses operated by Boyne Resorts and available to Bluegreen Vacations owners staying at Mountain Run at Boyne, The Alpine has distinguished itself as a world-class golf experience. You can look forward to fairly tight, tree-lined fairways on this secluded nonresidential championship layout, not to mention stunning mountain vistas and breathtaking views of Deer Lake. No matter your skill level, you can expect a fair yet challenging 18 holes on this par-72 track, one of the best golf courses in Michigan.
About the Alpine Golf Course
This seasonal public course, which opens for the warm months every May, measures 7,056 yards from the back tees. The course rating for this Bill Newcomb design is 73.3, the slope rating 138. The greens and fairways are bent grass. The greens play fast, roll true and are tricky to read, so be extra careful lining up your putts. Water is a consideration on seven holes and 72 bunkers come into play off the tees as well as around the greens. Needless to say, you might want to keep it in the middle.
Many of the holes offer prime views of the rolling terrain. The stunning, 574-yard, par-5 8th hole features an elevated tee and presents more risk to longer hitters going for the pin than for shorter hitters or more conservative players. Patience is equally beneficial on the 563-yard, par-5 finishing hole, where the real fun starts after you’ve carried the pond.
Once you’ve finished your round, you can reward yourself with some sandwiches and cold beverages in the clubhouse (and on your way out, replace your pond deposits at the fully stocked pro shop). There’s also a targeted driving range as well as practice putting greens and a short-game practice area.
Some of the best golf in Michigan is played on the scenic northwest edge of the southern peninsula, and The Alpine is a first-class example.