Forest Dunes Golf Club

6376 Forest Dunes Drive,

Roscommon, Michigan 48653

  • Office

    +1 (855) 275 1222
  • Pro shop

    +1 (989) 275 0700 (reservations)
  • Fax

    +1 (989) 275 0005
  • Golf pro

    Todd Campbell (PGA, General Mgr) / Chad Maveus (PGA, Head Golf Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    36 holes. Inland links-style. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland.

  • Designer:

    Tom Doak (Renaissance Golf Design)

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6805
6064
5006
Par
70
70
70
SSS or slope

At the same location:

Above distances are for The Loop (Red course) at Forest Dunes, which follows an anticlockwise routing. When reversed and played clockwise, the 18-holes become the Black course (par-70, 6704 yds from back tees). Also at Forest Dunes is the 18-hole original course (par-72, 7116 yds, rating 75.2).

Location

Latitude:

44.593106

Longitude:

-84.537040

How to get there:

9 mi N of Roscommon / 16 mi SE of Grayling / 49 mi S of Gaylord.

Forest Dunes Golf Club (The Loop)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 2016

Forest Dunes Golf Club (The Loop) represents a handsome "doff of the cap" to the original 22-hole layout at the Home of Golf. In days of yore players on the Old Course St Andrews enjoyed 11 holes "on their way out" and then the same 11 (but played in the opposite direction) "on their way back".

Tom Doak's ingenious new creation at Forest Dunes draws on similar concepts as found in the original St Andrews layout. The 18 "reversible" holes feature two links-style layouts. On alternate days, you can go round the 18-holes in a clockwise direction (Black course), while the following day you can play the same 18-holes anticlockwise (Red course). Course description, images and other details to follow soon.

Stay&Play: onsite accommodation is available in cottages, villas and the Lake AuSable Lodge (see Where2Stay section below).

List of courses: Michigan (Lower Peninsula)

Visitors

Who can play and when?

The Loop is reserved for guests staying at Forest Dunes' onsite Lodge (Lake AuSable Lodge). The original Forest Dunes course is open to outside visitors.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season (end-June thru' Sept): Mon-Wed $119; Thur-Sun $149.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking-only course. Caddies available.

Practice facilities

Excellent

Did you know?

The Loop at Forest Dunes is based on 18 reversible holes; played clockwise they form the Black Course, or anti-clockwise the Red course. The inspiration for this reversible layout (the Old Course St Andrews) actually started life with just 11 holes. The 11 were played in one direction "going out" and the opposite direction "coming home", giving a round of 22 holes. The 11 were cut to nine in the mid-1700s, creating an 18-hole round, which quickly became the norm for all golf courses.

By the mid-1800s the popularity of golf in St Andrews had increased to such an extent that playing both the outward and inward nines to the same greens was becoming impractical and dangerous. To solve the problem it was decided to cut two holes on each green, with white flags for outward holes and red for inward ... the origin of the Old Course's seven double-greens.

Published ranking

Black course (clockwise):
Michigan: 9th best course in Michigan (Golf Digest, 2023/24).
USA: 58th best public course in the USA (Golf Digest, 2023).
Red course (counterclockwise):
Michigan: 9th best course in Michigan.
USA: 69th best public course in the USA.

Where2Stay

  • Lake AuSable Lodge

    6376 Forest Dunes Drive, Roscommon, MI 48653.

    +1 (989) 275 0700

    Visit website

    Forest Dunes offers on-property lodging in the 14-room Lake AuSable Lodge and in seven luxury homes. The AuSable, Buck, Pines and Whitetail are located near Lake AuSable, while the Dunes, Eagle and Forest are found along the 7th fairway. The homes have everything needed for a great golf getaway, including full kitchen, satellite TV and wireless internet. Stay&Play packages including golf are available, while only onsite guests have access to The Loop "reversible" golf course.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Forest Dunes (Original and The Loop courses).

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      No

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      No

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