Heather at Boyne Highlands Resort: #9The Heather at The Highlands (Boyne)

The Heather at The Highlands (Boyne)
600 Boyne Highland Drive
Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740
Emmet County

Phone(s): (888) 281-8082, (231) 526-3029
Fax: (231) 526-3095
Website: boynehighlands.com/the-heather

The 18-hole The Heather at The Highlands (Boyne) in Harbor Springs, MI is a resort golf course that opened in 1966. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., The Heather at The Highlands (Boyne) measures 7154 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 141 and a 74.6 USGA rating. The course features 6 sets of tees for different skill levels.

The Heather at The Highlands (Boyne)
4.5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews)
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A view of hole #9 at Heather from Boyne Highlands ResortHeather at Boyne Highlands Resort: 18th greenView from #18 from the Heather at Boyne Highlands ResortView from #6 from the Heather at Boyne Highlands ResortView of the 9th green from Heather at Boyne Highlands ResortA view of hole #5 from Heather at Boyne Highlands Resort

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
  • Public/Private: Resort
  • Year opened: 1966
  • Golf Season: Open: 5/12 Closed: 10/8
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bent Grass
  • Greens: Bent Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Appropriate golf attire is required for all players.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Purple 72 6647 143 72.7
Orange 72 6207 139 70.3
Brown 72 7143 147 75.4
Green 72 5743 130 68.3
Silver 72 4845 120 64
Green (W) 72 5743 137 73.9
Silver (W) 72 4845 123 68.6
Blue 72 6013 135 69.4
Blue (W) 72 6013 140 75.4

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • The Heather at The Highlands (Boyne)
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by The Golfin' Guy
    on January 22nd, 2024 13:51
    No golf trip to Northern Michigan is complete without a visit to Boyne Resorts near Petoskey, MI. In my mind, no other Michigan golf resort offers the variety of golf courses that Boyne has. Golfers have the opportunity to play ten uniquely different golf courses; stay in a variety of accommodations designed to meet anyone’s needs and dine at some incredible restaurants.

    Recently, I was able to play several courses in the Boyne Resorts lineup including two of my favorite Highlands courses, the Arthur Hills Course and the Robert Trent Jones-designed Heather Course. The Heather Course was Boyne’s first golf course and is as challenging today as it was then. Having hosted numerous state and national championships, the Heather has earned its reputation as one of the finest championship courses in the entire United States. In 2019 it was named “National Golf Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association). Number 18 is my favorite hole on the Heather Course; I can remember the first time I played it. It’s a long par 4 that requires a well-struck drive followed by a long approach shot over a lake into a green that slopes back to front. It may not be the toughest hole on the golf course but it sure is memorable!

    Boyne continues to reinvest in the infrastructure of their golf courses which will pay huge dividends down the road and have an immediate impact on their golf courses. For example, work was recently completed on the Central Irrigation installation on Donald Ross Memorial and Arthur Hills courses. This new system can be controlled remotely and is significantly more efficient. There were also upgrades to the pump houses and irrigation systems on several other courses and a brand new system that services The Heather and The Moor courses.

    Other improvements include over five miles of new cart path on The Heather, Arthur Hills, and Donald Ross Memorial golf courses, and taking measures to speed up play on a couple of courses.

    Perhaps the biggest news at Boyne this year is that during the summer of 2023, construction began on the Ray Hearn completely redesigned nine-hole short course which will be routed across a sloping site set among fescue grasses. Hole length will range from 8 to 120 yards. “Hearn will be recreating nine of his favorite greens from Scotland, Ireland, and England. With no formal tees golfers will have the opportunity to put tees anywhere they want so they can play shots from different lies and angles.
  • The Heather at The Highlands (Boyne)
    4 stars out of 5
    by B. tucker
    on September 04th, 2009 17:32
    For a classic northern Michigan golf experience, it's tough to beat this course. Walker-friendly and offers caddies for $15 extra. It's vintage RTJ Sr. golf with raised greens and splashed bunkers. Tight doglegs put a premium on accuracy. Wonderful finishing hole with a fairway impossible to miss but really tough approach over water.
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