Boyne partners with Forest Dunes
BOYNE FALLS, Mich. – Boyne, the northern Michigan resort operator, will be booking rounds at Forest Dunes Golf Club through its golf packages as part of a partnership with the Roscommon, Mich., course.
Rounds at Forest Dunes start at $59, including cart, when booked through Boyne. The addition of Forest Dunes brings the Boyne portfolio to 11 courses.
Forest Dunes is a Tom Weiskopf design that is ranked No. 3 on the list of Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in Michigan. Forest Dunes’ location in Roscommon probably will make it most appealing to golfers driving up to Boyne’s three resorts from the southern part of the state. The course is located 60 miles south of Boyne Mountain Resort, 80 miles from Bay Harbor, and 90 miles from Boyne Highlands Resort.
Forest Dunes was purchased last year by Lew Thompson, a trucking executive from Huntsville, Ark. Thompson is in the process of building a 22-room hotel onsite to accommodate stay-and-play guests.
Separately, Boyne also is making changes to two of its properties in time for the 2012 season.
A spa with four treatment rooms is being added at Boyne Highlands, with a tentative opening date of May 25.
Also, at Boyne Mountain, the company is spending about $500,000 to renovate 42 rooms.
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Haig Course closed for renovations
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – PGA National Resort & Spa closed the Haig Course April 2 for renovations.
The course, which opened in 1980, originally was designed by George Fazio and Tom Fazio, the great uncle and uncle, respectively, of Tom Fazio II, who will oversee this year’s renovations. It is scheduled to reopen Nov. 2 as The Fazio Course.
The renovations will include: resurfacing of greens with TifEagle grass and expansion of the surfaces by nearly 70 percent, from 1.5 acres to 2.5 acres; changing the grass on tees and fairways to Celebration Bermudagrass; reconfiguration of tee boxes from circular to square; lengthening of the layout to more than 7,000 yards; the addition of new, 5,100-yard forward tees as part of the “Tee It Forward” campaign; and the installation of new irrigation technology.