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Forest Dunes Golf Club, Weiskopf Course

South Branch Rd, Roscommon, Michigan, 48653
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No. Holes: 18
(989) 275-0700
Architect: Tom Weiskopf (43)
                      
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Detailed description of Forest Dunes Golf Club, Weiskopf Course

Forest Dunes Golf Club is a public 36-hole golf facility located in Roscommon, Michigan. The facility has two championship golf courses. They are the Weiskopf Course and The Loop. 

The Weiskopf Course at Forest Dunes Golf Club first opened for play in 2002. The course was designed by Tom Weiskopf.

The Weiskopf Course is a tale of two nines. Half the holes play through dense stands of pines of the Huron National Forest; the other half over terrain marked by exposed glacial sands, huge waste bunkers, and scruffy undergrowth.

For being an inland golf course, the terrain is unusually sandy and barren, which makes it very suitable for golf. Most of Forest Dunes Golf Club's front nine plays through a forest while the majority of the back side plays through dunes, though each nine has a couple holes of the other's environment.

The layout that rolls over dunes and through pine forests but plays like a classic, open British link. Strategic decisions abound, such as those on the double-fairway par-4 10th, the par-4 17th, and the peninsula green par-5 18th.

There's also a 19th hole (I just can't get enough, need one more hole) at The Weiskopf Course It's a short par 3 over water to a green with a bunker in the middle.

The Weiskopf Course is a par-72 design that plays to 7,104 yards from the back tees.

This course has been reviewed 7 times
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Crossville, TN
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Guest (cart included), played on Tuesday, September 2018 at 1:51 PM

If you think Forest Dunes is in the middle of nowhere, you%u2019re right, and it%u2019s not totally a bad thing. What you%u2019ll 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 %u2013 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%u2019s 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%u2019s 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%u2019s 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%u2019ll 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 %u2013 in case you need to settle a bet! It%u2019s 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%u2019s 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%u2019t see any water until the 8th hole. This would be The Dunes.

Before your round, take advantage of Forest Dunes%u2019 incredible practice facility, included with your paid greens fee. There%u2019s 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%u2019t had your fill quite yet, Weiskopf gives you one final opportunity; it%u2019s also a great place to settle bets %u2013 or start a new one. It%u2019s 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%u2019s more of the same over there. The other option is to hit it about 210 yards, then play a short pitch shot into the green with hopes of getting it close. It is risk/reward at it's 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%u2019s 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 & Restaurant

Forest 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%u2019s Restaurant, with both formal and private dining rooms. The food is outstanding with all three meals being served, For breakfast, you can%u2019t go wrong with the Breakfast Burrito, two scrambled eggs with onions, sausage, and peppers wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. It%u2019s quite filling. Vice President Mark Lutz%u2019s 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%u2019s.

Stay & Play

Forest 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%u2019 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%u2019t 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 %u2013 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%u2019ll 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%u2019s 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.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 029309
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Grand Rapids, MI

(cart included), played on Sunday, May 2014 at noon

Second time I have played Forest Dunes. As good a course and facility that I have ever played. Just an enjoyable golf course, challenging, variety, good conditions, all the course you want to play.

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 021859
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Lansing, MI

$76 (cart included), played on Sunday, September 2013 at 10am

Last course on the weekend. I was expecting this to be the best of the bunch. While the condition of the course was excellent I wonder about some of the decisions to airate the putting green and the 19th hole on a Sunday morning. You would think some of the uniqueness of the course by offering a 19th hole wouldn't be taken away on a weekend. The pace of play was dreadful on this day. Took almost 6 hours to play. Within the first 4 holes staff came by regarding slow groups in front but vanished after that. In the end we had 6 golfers and finished as a 6 some only to have to wait on every shot for the last 5 holes. With the expecation of this being the best course being played over the weekend, the course fell short of expectaions. I would play again, and would recommend to play, but leave plenty of time to play.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 020846
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Muskegon, MI

$126 (cart included), played on Thursday, August 2012 at 6am

Feels like you are playing on top of a mountain. Great Lakes sand all over along with Ohio quarry sand like what is founbd at Augusta. Best Public Course in Michigan. Recently ranked top 22 in USA by Golf Digest So Serine to get totally away from it all. Wonderful Staff along with magnificent clubhouse and food n beverage operation

Would travel: 120-300 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 018544
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Metamora, IL

$126 (cart included), played on Sunday, July 2012 at 10am

Played it once, that will be enough for me

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better than average course for the area, Better courses for less nearby
 
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Rank ID # : 018338
Golf Course ranker Photo, Larry Mack
Rochester Hills, MI

$76 (cart included), played on Monday, May 2011 at 6am

Very well maintained facilities and clubhouse. We happened to play when the greens were being de-thatched and the tee boxes had just been airated. Slightly overpriced for a course that is par with other premium courses in the immediate area (within 25 miles) and play would be comparable.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Better courses for less nearby
 
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Rank ID # : 014122
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Bloomfield Hills, MI

$76 (cart included), played on Wednesday, August 2010 at 4pm

Forest Dunes is a beautiful course cut through the woods with some links style holes by the clubhouse. Conditions are excellent, but in the middle of no where and expensive for the area. Insure you use either a twilight rate or grab a coupon before going.

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 011034
4.1/5
Based on 7 reviews
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