Still known as Barn Mountain to the locals, the Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area offers 300+ acres of mostly wooded terrain for all kinds of recreational activities. The proposal for an 18-hole disc golf course was presented to the Boyne City Parks & Recreation Commission by Tom Pluister, Bill Fuller and Dave Fuller. According to Tom, acceptance came quickly. The original front 9 baskets (purchased and installed in 2002) were handmade by Don Bubar. The back 9 (added in 2003) are high quality Discraft Chainstars. In 2014 the front 9 were replaced with matching Discraft Chainstar baskets, and a new practice basket was added.
The course is free to play, mowed in the summer, and open all winter. There's a bathroom, plenty of parking, trash barrels on every hole, log benches, and an incredible view from the top after finishing hole #18. A few things have changed over the years (like the original holes #3 and #18) but it remains a great course.
Address: 1129 Wilson Street, Boyne City, MI 49712
GPS Coordinates: Latitude = 45.201084 Longitude = -85.012871
Directions to Avalanche Preserve:
From downtown Boyne City: Follow Lake Street south through town until it ends and just follow the signs (the road jogs east on Ann Street, then south on Wilson). The first tee is located at the east end of the parking lot.
From US-131 in Boyne Falls: Head west on M-75 into Boyne City, turn left onto Division Street (just past McDonald's), then left onto Lake Street and just follow the signs. The first tee is at the east end of the parking lot.
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