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Forest Dunes Golf Club
View from the 8th hole of Forest Dunes Golf Club looking back at the clubhouse. The "Bye Hole" and practice facility are visible in the background.
View of the clubhouse from the 8th hole.
Club information
Type Public
Total holes 19
Greens A-4 Bentgrass
Fairways Providence Bentgrass
Website www.forestdunesgolf.com
Designed by Tom Weiskopf
Par 72
Length 7116
Course rating 75.2
Slope rating 146

Forest Dunes Golf Club is a public golf course located north of Roscommon, Michigan. Opened in 2002, the course has garnered multiple years' recognition on Golf Digest's annual "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" list. The course bills itself as "Bucket List golf". The front nine holes play primarily through the Huron National Forest; the back nine is more open and makes more extensive use of large waste bunkers and sand.

Scorecard[edit]

Each of Forest Dunes' 18 holes is named after an aspect of the hole; for example, the eighth hole, which brings players out of the deep forest and into the more open dunes portion of the course, is called "Forest's Edge". Each hole has four tee boxes, numbered using Roman numerals, with I being the back-most tee box. A fifth option for players is the "Combo II & III" tees, which calls for players to play from the II boxes on 13 of the holes and the III tees from five holes.

Forest Dunes
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
I 75.2 / 146 403 451 203 399 605 378 537 443 203 3622 439 193 397 373 464 563 233 302 530 3494 7116
II 72.4 / 139 375 423 178 372 572 344 499 414 163 3340 401 163 371 344 428 531 198 278 496 3210 6550
Combo II/III 71.3 / 135 375 387 178 372 521 344 499 375 163 3214 360 163 371 344 375 531 198 278 496 3116 6330
III 69.2 / 127 314 387 143 334 521 309 462 375 154 2999 360 142 338 300 375 481 179 243 471 2889 5888
IV 74.8 / 143 285 346 119 294 452 256 412 278 97 2539 304 127 289 255 322 418 140 214 385 2454 4993
Par 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 4 3 36 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 36 72
Handicap 15 1 13 9 5 11 7 3 17 4 18 10 14 2 6 8 16 12

The Bye Hole[edit]

At the conclusion of the 18 hole course, there is a 19th hole, referred to as the "Bye Hole". The hole is intended to allow players to settle any remaining wagers or challenges between themselves, and scoring on the hole is not intended to be included in a player's final score. The 125-yard hole has no official par and does not appear on the scorecard. The green is a large two-tiered green with a significant drop between tiers. In addition to bunkers placed around the edge of the green, there is a large sand trap in the center of the green.

View from the tee box of the "Bye Hole" at Forest Dunes Golf Club looking back at the clubhouse.

Lodging and Dining[edit]

Opened in 2013, a small hotel next to the clubhouse features 14 rooms and six cottages. The clubhouse features Sangomore's, a full-service restaurant.

Course Expansion[edit]

In 2014, Forest Dunes announced the beginning of construction on a new 18-hole course[1]. Designed by Traverse City native Tom Doak, the course is being designed to be a reversible layout, in which holes can be played either forward or backward. The course is expected to open in late 2016.

Recognition[edit]

Forest Dunes has received widespread acclaim from golf-related publications; the course appeared at #99 on Golf Digest's 2011-12 list of the greatest golf courses in the United States; on their list of America's greatest public courses, the course was ranked 20th. Golfweek ranked the course #87 on its 2012 list of best modern courses, and in 2010, the course was ranked #1 in the Golf World Readers' Choice award.

  1. ^ "Tom Doak Comes Home To Build a Golf Course for the Ages". www.forestdunesgolf.com.