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18 hole regulation length course
72 par | 7,116 yards
The 18-hole "Forest Dunes" course at the Forest Dunes Golf Club facility in Roscommon, Michigan features 7,116 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, the Forest Dunes golf course opened in 2002.
If you think Forest Dunes is in the middle of nowhere, you’re right, and it’s not totally a bad thing. What you’ll find is small town hospitality, exceptional lodging, exquisite dining and high-quality golf facilities. No massage tables, no whirlpool baths or spa services, just 54 memorable golf holes. When you stay on property, you are literally no more than 50 yards from the first tee. This is something that every serious golfer should experience at least once.Forest Dunes is home to three fabulous golf courses – on two layouts: The Forest Dunes Course and the Loop, which is played clockwise the first day and counterclockwise the next. The Forest Dunes Course was designed by former PGA TOUR champion turned golf course architect Tom Weiskopf. Forest Dunes is ranked annually among the nation’s top 25 by all the major golf publications and has garnered numerous accolades from such top publications as Golf Digest, Golfweek, Golf Magazine and The Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella, who declared it #10 on his list of Best Courses You Can Play in the US. Shortly after it opened, Forest Dunes was named by Golf Digest as the Best New Upscale Golf Course in America. Weiskopf himself has placed it in his all-time top three of courses he’s created. Forest Dunes features 4 sets of tees; the scorecard offers a fifth set that combines tees II and III. From the tips, the course measures a challenging 7,116 yards, with a course rating of 75.2 and a slope of 146. Tee II is also an epic battle at 6,550 (72.3/139) while tee II mellows things out a bit at 5,888 (69.2/127), The Combo Tees proved to be just what the doctor ordered at 5,330 yards (71.3/135. Ladies will find Forest Dunes a challenge from Tee IV (4,993/ 69.9/136). As always, choose the tees that fit your game and you’ll have a lot of fun. The course features several elements that Weiskopf is known for: A split fairway, a drivable par 4 and a 19th hole – in case you need to settle a bet! It’s a short, 117-yard par 3 that plays over water to a green with a bunker in the middle of the green, much like the 6th hole at Riviera Country Club in California. Forest Dunes is truly the dichotomy for which it is named. The front nine consists of parkland-style holes wandering with purpose through strands Northern Michigan’s signature pine forests, made up of century-old red and jack pines. Sandy waste areas and elaborate bunkering systems help to form the outline of each hole and keep things interesting along the way. This would be The Forest.The back nine opens up and is highlighted by rugged native sand dune areas with thick underbrush crossing and bordering several fairways and greens. Water comes into play on three holes on the back nine, four if you count 19. On the front, you don’t see any water until the 8th hole. This would be The Dunes. Before your round, take advantage of Forest Dunes’ incredible practice facility, included with your paid greens fee. There’s a full-length grass driving range where you can hit every club in your bag, a short game area complete with a grass bunker and a large practice putting green. Up above the practice area is a two-acre, 18 hole putting course.Most Memorable Hole: Number 19: Par 3, 117 yards. Just in case you haven’t had your fill quite yet, Weiskopf gives you one final opportunity; it’s also a great place to settle bets – or start a new one. It’s a short par 3 that plays slightly downhill over sand dunes and water to a large green with a pot bunker in the middle, reminiscent of the sixth hole at Riviera Country Club. Find the green, make the putt, collect some dough. Easy!Favorite Par 3: Number 9, 163 yards (II, Combo Tees). The first hole where water is absolutely in play. This hole requires you to carry your tee shot onto the green as 5 sand bunkers surround it. Anything short of the sand will be wet. Find the green off the tee and finish the front nine strong.Favorite Par 4: Number 17, 278 yards (II, Combo Tees). As I said earlier, a Weiskopf trademark is a short, drivable par-four hole, and Number 17 might be one of the best he has done. In order to reach the green off the tee, you need to fly a lengthy sand dune, filled with fescue grasses, rocks and other obstructions. Hit it too far left and there’s more of the same over there. The other option is to hit it about 210 yards, then play a short pitch shot in to the green with hopes of getting it close. It is risk/reward at its finest!Favorite Par 5: Number 7, 499 yards (II, Combo Tees). Number 7 is reachable in two, particularly if you can hit a draw shot off the tee. In any event, it’s best to play down the right side to open up the hole. The landing area for your layup shots is narrow as some trees on the left begin to infringe. The green is surrounded by sand except in front, making way for a bump and run shot and leaving no reason not to try and go for it in two. Interestingly enough, the bunker to the right has a tree and some grass in the middle of it. After you play out the hole, turn and admire the beauty of this hole.Clubhouse & RestaurantForest Dunes features an impressive 15,000 square foot clubhouse that includes a well-stocked pro shop, beautifully appointed locker rooms with showers for both men and women and Sagamore’s Restaurant, with both formal and private dining rooms. The food is outstanding with all three meals being served, For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with the Breakfast Burrito, two scrambled eggs with onions, sausage and peppers wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. It’s quite filling. Vice President Mark Lutz’s Smoked Chili is a big hit at both lunch and dinner, with smoked tenderloin, onions, peppers, red beans and just the right mix of chili spices. Steaks and burgers are also very popular at Sagamore’s. Stay & PlayForest Dunes offers some tremendous stay and play opportunities with several lodging options. Now you can play all three courses without leaving the property. The Lake Au Sable Lodge is located just a long putt from the first tee. This two-story lodge features 11 standard rooms and two suites and exemplifies the same Adirondack them of the clubhouse. The first floor offers both king and queen bed options that can be joined together if need be. On the second floor are two two-bedroom suites that are perfect for a group of four. The suite includes a sitting area, dining table, full kitchen and private balcony overlooking the first tee. Each bedroom has two queen beds and a bathroom.In the last couple of years, Forest Dunes has built several villas that are located within walking distance of the clubhouse and across the road from the start of The Loop. Both two and four-bedroom villas are available The two bedrooms are actually quite spacious; each has a small kitchenette, small living area, two bathrooms and four total beds. Four-bedroom units feature the same amenities, along with 4.5 bathrooms and a mix of king and queen beds.Need more room, consider one of Forest Dunes’ cottages, located throughout the property. These luxury homes range between three and five bedrooms and can sleep between four and eight individuals in their own beds. Each cottage is furnished with linens, towels, dishes and cookware. If you like what you see and want to consider building a home at Forest Dunes, you can get more information on their website.Last Word: As you make your way around the course, you can’t help but admire the beauty of the sculpted tee boxes many of which are surrounded by wild fescue rough, exhibiting traits of ocean links layout – minus the water! Weiskopf has done a marvelous job of working this design into the natural surroundings; rarely does a hole look or feel out of place. What The Loop offers in a rugged Scottish feel, Forest Dunes offers golfers a beautiful nature setting. Risk/reward opportunities abound at Forest Dunes starting with the first hole, which plays over a large sand waste area, daring players to cut off as much of this dogleg right as possible. The fairway is wide enough that the safe approach to the green here is from the left side. As resort course go, the conditioning at Forest Dunes is second to none. Aesthetically, Forest Dunes is a joy to behold. Exquisitely designed white sand bunkers accentuate the fairways and green complexes, and the sparse use of water is a refreshing change of pace from many courses. For the most part, there is plenty of room around the greens; the areas in front are often accessible with a bump and run shot. Miss to either side of the green and you’ll have to rely on an excellent short game, especially with a lob wedge. A good sand game is also something that will prove valuable as it’s virtually impossible to get around this layout with experiencing it at least once.For more information or to book your next tee time, visit their website at www.forestdunesgolf.com or give them a call at (989) 275-0700.
Played here August 27, 2013. Great course and well maintained. The wind was blowing hard, making it more difficult. I enjoyed the front nine (Forest) part of the course more than the back. All in all, a great day of golf. Thought that the additional 19th hole was a fun way to end the day.
Nice course, too bad they screwed over all the original investors who dumped many thousands of dollars into the course. I know of multiple families that lost hundreds of thousands of dollars investing in this DUMP!
Really well maintained fairways. True greens but extremely fast. When you are rated high you are priced high but if you want a challenge this is the course. Bugs were bad but when you are in the middle of the woods what is to be expected.
nice course but not a great course.
Pros:Earned all the praises given for being a top 10 course in MI.Located in a good area to play many courses in that part of the state.Large Greens and larger fairways with a mixture of woods and links style golf.You are isolated from other groups and holes for almost the entire round.We did the twilight deal and got 18 holes in easily for only $80.I could play this course twice in one day, or multiple times in one trip and not get bored with it.Has a 19th hole par 3.Cons: Flies/ knats – We golfed on a day with no wind 75 degrees, from which the entire course suffers from a knat problem. They buzz around your head and are terrible when trying to golf. Clubhouse or starter should give tips like to wear hats, stay in carts as much as possible and other advice. The course will be going Private in 2010.Expensive during prime times.
Easily is one of the best courses in the thumb of Michigan. About only one other course is better, but the price is almost ridiculus. This course is beautiful to look at and wonderful to play. The staff is friendly and helpful. The cart path's are beyond expectations. The greens are excellent and fairways are awsome. You get a feel for why this is so close to a pga course. This is one great course for the price and for you as a golfer to enjoy. So, go out, spend a little and enjoy one of the best priced courses in the lower michigan area.
Forest Dunes Golf Club consistently ranks as a Top 100 golf course in several publications and for good reason. It is easily the Number One best course that few people have heard of. Few courses afford the golfer that country club feel when they walk through the doors. You really feel like you are a member even if you are just playing there for one day.The course is challenging but rewards good golf shots. The greens are easily PGA tournament caliber. The course is in meticulous condition and is one of few Audubon Gold Standard courses in the world. Not often do you find a course where the grounds team will stop what they are doing to help you search for your ball. Everything at Forest Dunes is first class from the staff at the Pro Shop including the guys hustling out to the parking lot to grab your clubs to the starter. The food is fantastic and the service is great. Forest Dunes is a must play course. While it seems in the middle of nowhere it is just 10 minutes off of I-75 and 2 ½ hours from Detroit. From top to bottom this is easily among the best golf courses and golf experiences in the country.
This course is ranked in the top 10 in Michigan and deserves it. Now run by Troon. Great layout and conditions. Great service. Most fun if you stay overnight in the lakeside homes. Rates are for unlimited golf when staying on property. We easily played 54 holes on a Friday in August and could have played more if it had not rained late in the afternoon. Definitely worth the drive.
Forest Dunes Golf Club
60 tees driving range
36 regulation holes
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