About the Course

About the Course

 

Many golfers tell us this is their best course ever. Their “Bucket List” course.

Nestled on 500 acres of heavily wooded land within the Huron National Forest, Forest Dunes has become one of the country's most peaceful and exciting golf experiences.

In this pristine setting, British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf designed a parkland-style classic with modern enhancements.
"Forest Dunes replicates classic style and emulates a risk/reward involvement on most every hole," Weiskopf said. "I consider this golf course to be in the top three which I have ever been involved in the United States."

Forest Dunes features a number of intriguing challenges including wide open meadows, hardwoods, century old red and jack pines, rugged native dunes, scruffy sand areas and water features. The front nine at Forest Dunes highlights parkland style holes meandering through corridors of red and jack pines, with elaborate bunkering and sandy waste areas on the sidelines.

The back nine brings to mind Pine Valley with exposed rugged native sand areas and scruffy underbrush crossing and bordering fairways and greens. The finishing holes will thrill and leave golfers with vast memories — beginning with the par-three 16th, which measures over 200 yards and requires a challenging carry over a rugged dune area.

Weiskopf is known for designing memorable short par-four holes and No. 17 might be one of his best. Measuring just 302-yards, the hole flows naturally through dramatic native sand dunes framed by fescue grasses and offers a number of ways to be challenged. The finishing hole measures over 560 yards and plays out through a rugged dune area with a beautiful lake guarding the left side up and around the dramatic green site.

Prior to your round, golfers have access to one of the game's top practice facilities featuring a double-ended driving range with carved out fairways and practice greens, a premier short game area, practice putting green and practice bunker.
Forest Dunes features an Adirondack-style clubhouse with a golf shop, locker rooms, exercise facility and day spa, along with dining in Sangomore's Restaurant.

Opened in 2013, the Lake AuSable Lodge features 14 well-appointed lodge rooms and suites overlooking beautiful Lake AuSable and the golf course. Rooms feature the finest in modern comfort, décor and fixtures, including flat screen televisions, wireless Internet and private patios or balconies.

Rating: Back Tee, 74.8
Slope: Back Tees, 142
Grass  
Tees Penn Cross Bentgrass
Fairways Providence Bentgrass
Greens A-4 Bentgrass

 

Awards

2015
National Golf Course Owners Association — Course of the Year Finalist (one of four)
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association — Course of the Year
Golf Digest: 2015/16 America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses - #23 Forest Dunes
Golf Digest: 2015/16 America's Greatest Golf Courses - #118 Forest Dunes
Matt Ginella — Morning Drive/Golf Channel:  Best Courses You Can Play (U.S.) - #10 Forest Dunes
Golfweek: Best Modern Courses (America) - #85 Forest Dunes
Golfweek:Best Courses You Can Play (Michigan)- #3 Forest Dunes
Golfweek: Best Residential Courses (America) - #35 Forest Dunes

2014
Golf Magazine: Top 100 You Can Play (U.S.) - #21 Forest Dunes
Golf Magazine: Top 100 You Can Play (Michigan) - #1 Forest Dunes
Matt Ginella — Morning Drive/Golf Channel: Best Courses You Can Play (U.S.) - #10 Forest Dunes
Golfweek: Best Modern Courses (America) - #97 Forest Dunes
Golfweek: Best Courses You Can Play (Michigan) - #3 Forest Dunes
Golfweek: Best Residential Courses (America) - #25 Forest Dunes
2013
Golf Magazine: 2013 Top 100 US Courses - #72 Forest Dunes
Golf Digest: 2013/14 America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses - #23 Forest Dunes
Golf Digest: 2013/14 America's Greatest Golf Courses - #113 Forest Dunes
Golf Digest: 2013/14 Best in State (Michigan) - #4 Forest Dunes (No. 2 Public)
Golfweek: Best Modern Courses - #91 Forest Dunes
Golfweek: Best Courses You Can Play (Michigan) - #3 Forest Dunes
Golf Digest: Best Buddies-Trip Destinations - #18 Gaylord (Treetops Masterpiece; Forest Dunes; Black Forest)
Matt Ginella's Golf Channel Morning Drive: Top US Public Golf Courses - #9
Golf Digest 2011/12 America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses — No. 99
Golf Digest 2011/12 America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses — No. 20

Given that Arcadia Bluffs is ranked No. 10 among the 100 Greatest Public, I decided to play it twice. If I had a mulligan, I'd play Forest Dunes twice instead. I've always thought Spyglass Hill, from start to finish, is a better course than Pebble Beach. Likewise, I would contend that Forest Dunes is a more complete course than Arcadia Bluffs, though it's not nearly as impressive visually.

“My favorite hole at Forest Dunes is the 278-yard 17th, a classic Weiskopf reachable par 4. Although it looks vulnerable from the tee, the small green is protected by bunkers, and there's plenty of room for a big score. (Typical of my round, I hit my drive into a greenside bunker and made double bogey.)

“Stubborn but fair, combining high risk with rare reward, Forest Dunes joins Bethpage Black in New York, Pasatiempo in California, Pine Needles in North Carolina and Pacific Dunes in Oregon among my top-five public courses in the country.” Matt Ginella, Golf Digest Senior Travel Editor

Contact Info

Forest Dunes Golf Club
6376 Forest Dunes Drive
Roscommon, MI 48653
Ph: 989.275.0700

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