The Future is Bright

The Highlands

A Transformative Journey to 2030 and Beyond
The Future is Bright

The Highlands

A Transformative Journey to 2030 and Beyond

The Highlands located in Harbor Springs, Michigan

The Highlands 2030

The Transformation Has Begun

Transformation Announcement Boyne Highlands to The Highlands

For decades, Boyne Highlands has been a special place where people enjoy the best moments of life. A setting we call home, with its own distinct charm and sense of place. Here we celebrate the four seasons of northern Michigan, enjoy the warmth of our Harbor Springs community, and welcome guests from far and wide. As we look to re-establish our place as the Grand Dame of four-season resorts in the Midwest, Boyne Highlands is transforming into The Highlands. We have mapped a transformation for the years to come, one we mean to achieve in the most sustainable way possible, through what we call the ForeverProject. 
The late, great founder of this story, Everett Kircher, once said, “You have to make improvements. Otherwise, you won’t make progress.”  So here we go, we’re building a better future, sharing every step as we go. Most of all, we’re making more room for the stories that will transform people’s lives forever. 



Our story started over 60 years ago, and most recently, we finished the next phase of our future with the renovation of the Main Lodge guest rooms and bathrooms. Our journey continues, and our featured projects are one of many transformations taking place around the resort.

Internconnect Rendering

Interconnect Lift Upgrade

The new Interconnect triple lift will significantly improve the guest experience by providing better accessibility to the North Peak region. With a faster ascent and increased capacity, riders will spend a third less time on the lift.

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Short Course Map Rendering

Doon Brae Short Course

The new par-3 short course will be named “Doon Brae.” In Scottish, Doon means going down into a valley, and Brae means hillside. The course is on the site of the former Cuff Links nine-hole par-3 course

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The Donald Ross Memorial Course Hole 15 at The Highlands. Text states " Donald Ross Memorial Course, Hole 15 Open to Play in Spring 2023"

Donald Ross Memorial Course Upgrades: 

The golf course is a compilation of classic golf holes designed by Donald Ross and recreated at The Highlands from some of the architect’s most renowned courses.  

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Main Lodge Phase II

Tower Lobby

Tower Lobby

Pool Complex

Outdoor Pool Complex

Highlands Café and Retail

Highlands Café


Lift and Snowmaking Technology

Lift and Snowmaking Technology


Expansion of Trail System for Hiking and Biking

Main Lodge Future Phases

Additional Guest Rooms

Additional Main Lodge Guest Rooms

Main Lobby

Main Lodge Lobby

South WIng

Main Lodge South Wing

South WIng

Fitness Center

South WIng


Completed Initiatives

Camelot 6

Camelot 6

The first and fastest 6-person high-speed Doppelmayr D-Line bubble chairlift in Michigan and the Midwest.

North wing main lodge

North Wing Main Lodge

Featuring brand-new upscale guest rooms and bathrooms, offering a range of premium amenities with numerous options to accommodate couples, families, business travelers, and large groups.

Discover Center

Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is officially the first stop for every guest as they arrive on property to check-in with premier hospitality and a neighborly spirit. 


RFID Technology

Direct-to-lift access provides a streamlined purchasing process online, and a reloadable media card for additional ticket or pass purchases season-after-season.

Trackman Range

Trackman Range

A powerful 30-bay setup at the Ross Golf Center enables players of all levels to practice distance control, shot-shaping, and more!

Donald Ross 13

Donald Ross Hole 13

Donald Ross Memorial hole 13 is a recreation of Seminole #15 from Seminole Golf Club in Florida

Donald Ross 15

Donald Ross Hole 15

Donald Ross Memorial hole 15 is a recreation of Aronimink Golf Club hole 11.  

Donald Ross 1

Donald Ross Hole 1

Hole 1 is a recreation of Seminole Golf Club 6 and was updated to depict Donald Ross’ original design.


Our pillars will build the foundation for the resort’s growth through 2030 and beyond.