View of the clubhouse from the 8th hole.
|Designed by||Tom Weiskopf|
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.
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.
|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|
The Bye Hole
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.
Lodging and Dining
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.
In 2014, Forest Dunes announced the beginning of construction on a new 18-hole course. 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.
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.
- "Tom Doak Comes Home To Build a Golf Course for the Ages". www.forestdunesgolf.com.