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and the land Tom Doak was given to

work with, which is across the street, a

reversible routing is a perfect fit. Doak

is a Michigan resident, he had been

looking for land and an opportunity to

execute the concept, and in owner, Lew

Thompson, he had the support to build

something unique. It’s a home run for

the architect, the owner, the destination

and the landscape of golf in America.”

It has long been known that if you have one

famous golf course, you have a curiosity.

If you have two highly-rated golf courses,

you have a destination, but if you have

three top-shelf courses, you have a must-

stay and play for serious golfers.

When he purchased the property in

2011, Lew Thompson’s vision for

Forest Dunes was to create a world-

class golf destination. The Weiskopf

course provided Forest Dunes a credible

beginning, but Thompson wanted more,

something unique, something that would

set Forest Dunes apart from competing

Michigan golf resorts.

By adding the reversible course, Forest

Dunes can offer golfers three courses

to mix and match while staying in their

comfortable accommodations, which are

first-class in their own right and not to be


The magnificent clubhouse has a complete

pro shop, aswell as, the barwhichmakes the

perfect spot for an enjoyable lunch or quick

bite at the turn. The dining room provides

a beautiful vista across the massive, yet

inviting patio and the ninth green.

Speaking of the patio, on tranquil

Michigan summer evenings, after you

have dined on the chef’s delicious

creations, the patio with its fire pit

provides the perfect end to a satisfying

day at Forest Dunes. With your favorite

after-dinner libation in hand, sit with

friends or make new ones and discuss

the day’s round or just golf in general.

The latest addition to Forest Dunes was

the Lake AuSable Lodge, completed in

2013, which features 14 rooms and suites

NWO Golf Links