Boyne Golf Debuts High-Tech Swing Tracking System, New Apps for Courses


Visitors to Boyne Golf — which has 11 courses and three resorts in the Petoskey area in northwest Michigan — will have access this summer to new technologies including a full swing club and body tracking system and apps that provide 3-D flyover visuals of each course.

Gears uses 3-D scanning, more than 30 sensors, and eight high-speed cameras to track a golfer’s swing. From there, the software can provide an analysis of the player’s performance, allowing Boyne Golf Academy staff to better hone in on areas where a person can make improvements.

Boyne is one of 13 training centers in the country to offer the Gears system, which previously was available only to PGA pros, club fitters, and manufacturers, say Boyne officials.

The golf-focused tourist destination has also created new smartphone apps — providing 3-D visuals of each hole, yardage information, and audio descriptions — available through both Google Play and the App Store.   

For those who prefer a printed version, each course offers a new, comprehensive yardage guide utilizing GPS mapping and 3-D scaling.

The company has also made renovations to some of its courses, including moving the No. 18 tees at Boyne Mountain’s The Monument in Boyne City. All five tee boxes were moved from the right side of the fairway to the left side, improving sight lines to the green by removing a cluster of pine trees from play, which had previously obstructed a golfer’s view, officials say.

In turn, the clubhouse at the Hidden River Golf and Casting Club in Brutus has been completely renovated and is set to reopen this spring.

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