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Steve_ Shaffer

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Boyne updates classic course design replicas

Who doesn’t like a greatest hits album?
How about a greatest hits golf course?
That’s what you get at the Donald Ross Memorial Course at The Highlands.
Going back nearly 30 years, Boyne’s Sr. VP of Golf, Bernie Frederick, and family owner Stephen Kircher, appointed designer Bill Newcomb and former teacher Jim Flick traveled the country in search of Ross’ best designed holes that would also fit the topography at Boyne as best as possible to create a truly memorable and memorial course for the modern-day golfer.
The thought was to do a tribute to arguably one of the best architects of all time from the era golf first began trickling into the United States from Scotland, but the other factor was that so many of those courses are private, meaning today’s public golfer couldn’t get access to play them.
BOYNE Golf wanted to change that limitation and provide such options for everyone.
The challenge however was that some private clubs would not provide Boyne with the Ross blueprints. Michigan designer Bill Newcomb was called in to help create the Ross Memorial, and some of the holes had to be designed from personal observation notes and memory – and Polaroid’s. Thus, exact replica standards were a challenge but it’s a breeze today with GPS, satellite imaging and 3D cameras to get a nearly-perfect match.
I went to Boyne to look at the changes in early September and as I turned the corner from the 14th green to the 15th, I was taken aback by the restoration. A new tee was added on left side, and the fairway has been widened by 40 percent, but the second shot is so different and striking. Four new bunkers, side by side up toward the right of the green complex, with a putting surface almost twice the former size stands out the most.
Michigan architect Ray Hearn is leading the renovations on the Donald Ross and other Boyne courses.
“It had gotten so far away from the original, that by updating the 15th Hole (at Boyne) we are matching what Aronomink had done the last few years and we’re staying true to the Ross original,” he said. “It’s eye-popping beautiful. You have the complexity of angles and options on your drive, but the real testimony to Ross in the recent restoration is how the bunkers and the valley front right between the bunkers and the green set out an optical illusion that Ross often studied from Willie Park, Jr. It adds to the total complexity of that green complex.
“This green has so much going on that it needed to be larger.”
Next is the 13th hole, a par 5, 510-yard replica of Hole #15 at Seminole Golf Club; North Palm Beach, Florida. This dramatic par 5 utilizes several Ross design strategies. The fairway is divided into two distinct landing areas which are separated by sand bunkers and pine trees (palm trees at Seminole).
The green has been lifted more than three feet in the air higher than it’s been the past 25-plus years in part because better modern design tools confirmed the need to do so to better resemble Seminole. Grass seed will be spread before the snow flies and by early summer should be playable.
“On a hole this long, a golfer really has to pay attention when the pin is in the back,” Hearn said. “The recovery shot is still fair, and Ross was always thinking about that. He let you have the four options of you can pitch it or lob it, or putt it or (bump and run) it. But if you go long, it’s a little work to get up and down.”
Hole No. 1 was worked on last year and has been open all summer of 2022. In addition to more than 100 trees being removed, the majority of the work was done to the green complex, reshaping bunkers and the outline of the green – also turning it about 45 degrees sideways. The heather in the waste sand running almost the entire length of the left side needs to grow in more, but once that happens the replica of Hole 6 at Seminole should be complete. The new waste sand on the right side of No. 1 also gives the right side of No. 16 – which replicates Hole No. 10 on Pinehurst No. 2 – that much more of a Pinehurst ambiance.
Read more:
www.migolfjournal.com/featured-stories/the-donald-ross-memorial-golf-course-continues-to-evolve

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Re: The Donald Ross Memorial Golf Course Continues to Evolve in Boyne,MI
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2022, 07:55:05 PM »
Curious to know how Hearn knows Ross copied the foreshortened bunker that looks adjacent to the green from Willie Park, Jr.?   


I love the concept when the landforms support it but I've never read anything where Ross discusses his design influences from other peers.  Anyone else?
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Steve Lang

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Re: The Donald Ross Memorial Golf Course Continues to Evolve in Boyne,MI
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2022, 08:32:29 PM »
 ;)  Thanks for the link Steve.  Now that the season is over and snow is flying up above the 45th parallel, summer 2023 can't arrive too soon... we have a summer cottage about an hour south of Boyne... great golf territory up there


Glad to see the new attention being paid at Boyne, its normally an annual play for us.  First played there in the 80's and attended a MSU Intro to GCA course taught by Prof Warren Rauhe and Ray Hearn in 1999.  I seem to remember Ray telling a story about interviewing for some work and having to choose between Ross and CBM as greatest GCA influence... now that's one to think about when a job is on the line.


Also remember a starter telling us a story about a woman complaining that the opening hole, didn't look like Seminole... looks like that's being remedied a bit... always been a tough summer crowd hanging around from Harbor Springs/Petosky/Charlevoiz down to Traverse City and beyond Benzie County...  No wonder travel into TC's Cherry Land airport is one of most expensive tickets...
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Re: The Donald Ross Memorial Golf Course Continues to Evolve in Boyne,MI
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2022, 09:04:03 PM »
Also remember a starter telling us a story about a woman complaining that the opening hole, didn't look like Seminole... looks like that's being remedied a bit...


I had a tour of the course just before it opened, from the developer Stephen Kircher.  When we stood on the first tee and he said they had copied the sixth at Seminole, I asked, had they visited Seminole?  No, they hadn't.  They just assumed it was pretty flat, but the sixth hole is anything but.


Glad to hear they are fixing it, but I hope this article is a month old or more . . . otherwise it's going to be looking pretty rough next spring.

Richard Hetzel

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Re: The Donald Ross Memorial Golf Course Continues to Evolve in Boyne,MI
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2022, 09:50:29 PM »
I played the Ross Memorial about 10 or so years ago. It was a pretty boring course and I really did not see all that much "Ross" in the design.
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