A Round with the Masters
Open Daily through October 1
Crafted with nods to the design philosophies of a long list of legendary golf course architects, The Monument's ever-changing personality packs an unending list of surprises for players at every level. Borrowing traits from designers like Donald Ross, Dr. Alister Mackenzie, Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio and Pete Dye, The Monument lives up to its name as it pays homage to the game's most important influences - with holes dedicated to noteworthy players and key contributors. The course requires a complete game, with demanding fairways, and undulating greens that reward careful putting.
Par 5 • 553 yards • The opening hole on the Monument is a dramatic par 5 that begins your descent from the top of Boyne Mountain. Your tee shot will seem to stay in the air forever. You can play a fade around the corner, but reaching the green in two shots is made increasingly difficult by the railroad ties that face the greenside bunker. Any shot played into them can be rejected up to 40 yards away. The best play is down the center, then play a shot to the 100 yard zone and take your chances from there. Dedicated to Byron Nelson
Par 4 • 370 yards • A split level fairway will nudge shots that are down the center to the right. This sets up a shot that will have to curve from left to right in order to avoid the overhanging trees. The best play is to keep the tee shot down the left side of the fairway which will set up a straight forward iron shot to a well guarded, split level green. Dedicated to Melvin "Chick" Harbert
Par 3 • 170 yards • A beautiful par 3 that plays slightly down hill. A gentle slope on the right side can be your friend, but will also bring some trees into play. Be sure to note where the top of the mountain is when reading your putt on this green. It can be very tricky to read. Dedicated to Peggy Kirk Bell
Par 4 • 395 yards • A beautiful par 3 that plays slightly down hill. A gentle slope on the right side can be your friend, but will also bring some trees into play. Be sure to note where the top of the mountain is when reading your putt on this green. It can be very tricky to read.
Par 5 • 517 yards • Straight down the hill, the 5th can be reached in two by clearing the pine trees on the left. The problem is, they keep getting taller every year. For the rest of us, a well played layup to the corner of the dogleg will frame up a nice little wedge that we can try and zip in there close. A two tiered green will test your creativity. Dedicated to Walter Hagen
Par 4 • 314 yards • Time to make a decision here. The green can be reached on the tee shot for the longest hitters but the green complex is one of the most challenging at BOYNE. Whether you go for it or try and play a precise tee shot that leaves a short iron or wedge in, be very aware of the hole location and play accordingly. You do not want to play from above the hole here. Dedicated to Paul Runyan
Par 4 • 428 yards • Bunkers down the right side of the fairway will always see plenty of action here. Though they can be carried to set up a shorter approach, a tee shot to the left side of the fairway opens up the green a little more. A false approach will repel any shot that is short and this large green runs from back to front and left to right. Dedicated to Jim Flick
Par 4 • 440 yards • Relatively blind from the teeing area, the fairway narrows and cuts to the left side of a long, slithering bunker. The green appears to be tilted from front to back much more than it is. Notice the entire slope of the hole when determining break here. Over the green long is very tough to recover from.
Par 3 • 198 yards • A testy par 3, the 9th features a greenside bunker that is faced by railroad ties. It is very tough to judge the wind here because of the narrow chute of trees that the tee is positioned in. There is plenty of room to the right of the hole, even past the bunker, but left here can be jail. Dedicated to JP McCarthy
Par 5 • 551 yards • Fairway bunkers in the landing zone can be somewhat blind off of the tee. Even for the longer hitters, this green is rarely attainable, even with two mighty blows. A pond in front of the green has claims any poorly played shots. Try to leave a nice layup yardage and avoid the bunkers all the way down the right side. Dedicated to Kathy Whitworth and Glenn Johnson
Par 4 • 386 yards • Perhaps the most difficult tee shot on the Monument, the relatively short eleventh hole requires a precise shot off of the tee that not only carries the pond in front, but avoids hazards down both the left and right hand sides. A well bunkered green is also guarded on the front right by another pond. Make par, sneak away. Dedicated to Gene Sarazen
Par 4 • 454 yards • After enjoying a sandwhich at the 19th Tee, aim your sights for the left center of this slightly uphill par 4. There is a pond down the right side that should be considered when choosing your strategy. A rather large green with plenty of slope on the right side is the holes last line of defense.
Par 3 • 227 yards • The first of two long par threes on the back nine of the Monument. Many woods will be played here. There is some room to miss here, but getting it up and down can be tricky from many spots around this green.
Par 5 • 557 yards • A generous landing area encourages you to let one fly here. Even a poor tee shot can be found and recovered to safety. The second shot plays into a 'fairway staircase' sloping in four steps from left to right. A pair of large trees loom largely over the front left and right of the green leaving only a small alley from which to attack the flag. Dedicated to Bobby Jones
Par 4 • 415 yards • A blind tee shot here that may remind you a little of Crooked Tree. Aim to have your ball finish just right of the tallest tree in the distance. Long hitters will carry the top of the hill and catch a natural speed slot that can add up to 50 yards to an already long tee shot. The green is very tricky and being on the proper side of tiny ridges that run throughout is critical.
Par 4 • 350 yards • A good tee shot here will have to fit in between the bunkers on the left, carry the longest part of the bunker in the middle, or hug the right side of the fairway. The second shot, though not that long, plays straight uphill. Take an extra club here... two of them if the wind is at your face. Dedicated to Everett Kircher
Par 3 • 232 yards • This par 3 is one of the most difficult that BOYNE has to offer. From the back tees, even the best players will need a long iron or wood to reach the green which is protected from the left by a pond and to the right by a large bunker. Neither is a bargain. Pay attention to the wind, which is usually into your face, and just focus on hitting your ball squarely. Dedicated to Chuck Kocsis
Par 4 • 407 yards • A true test of skill and courage, the 18th hole on the Monument has plenty of drama to go around for everyone in your group. From the tee, play your tee shot at the barn in the distance. You can cut some of the corner to the right, but if you miss short, you are in the pines; too far to the right and you may reach the water. A good tee shot will leave a mid iron into the famous island green. Dedicated to Sam Snead