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The Alpine golf course, one of two at Boyne Mountain, gives golfers the chance to play up, down, and around a ski mountain. Ample variety and moderate challenge.
Boyne Mountain was the final stop on my recent tour of Boyne Golf’s three properties. While the resort’s focus is the skiing and the massive indoor water park, the two golf courses are no slouches. If you enjoy playing up and down elevation, you’ll have a fun trip around the Alpine course.
Boyne Mountain has a very large driving range that’s connected to a sizable short game area. You can hit chips, pitches, bunker shots, and putts before taking the long drive up the mountain to the first tee.
Beauty & Scenery
As the name implies, the Alpine course at Boyne Mountain has a lot of elevation to play with. The constant up and down keeps thing visually interesting.
The front nine is tree-lined, in some cases bordering thick forests. After you make the turn, the course opens up significantly and also gets a bit flatter.
You’ll start your round at The Alpine from the highest point on the course with a tee shot that plays substantially downhill. From there, every tee shot presents changes in elevation and direction, but very few will take the driver out of your hands.
The fairways at The Alpine are average in width, and the tree lines are mostly thin. This is definitely one of the best courses at Boyne for the “hit it hard and go find it” player.
If you’re one of the aforementioned golfers who will be playing from the trees, you’ll find that the recovery options are plentiful. There aren’t many times when you don’t have some (perhaps unlikely) play to the green, regardless of how wildly you drive it.
The biggest challenge to hitting greens in regulation at The Alpine is the elevation. With most holes playing uphill, downhill, or both, you need to constantly adjust your yardages. That said, if you’re playing from the fairway, you shouldn’t have much difficulty getting birdie putts.
Greens & Surrounds
Around the green, most holes offer a bunker or two and the opportunity to run the ball onto the green. The course doesn’t play fast, so you’ll need a firm touch, but you don’t need an aerial assault to reach the putting surface. These run ups also provide safe bail out zones for approach shots.
If you miss the green, the penalty isn’t too severe. The rough around the green is fairly short, and the bunkers are generally shallow. So long as you avoid the water hazards, you should be able to keep the big numbers off your card.
The greens themselves are average in size, so you won’t have to deal with any mile-long putts. Where the difficulty comes in is reading the subtle breaks. Even toward the end of our 18 holes, my group was being fooled by the twists and turns.
Whether you’re preparing for Michigan’s Tournament of Champions or just rounding out an unlimited golf vacation, you’ll enjoy your round at The Alpine. Its ample space off the tee provides a nice contrast from some of the other Boyne courses, but the constant elevation changes will still test your ability.
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