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On June 27


one of the most significant and

anticipated events in golf course architecture

will occur in the middle of the lower peninsula

of Michigan. In the wooded countryside

outside of Roscommon and just a short drive

down back roads, off I-75,

Forest Dunes Golf


will unveil its newest course “The Loop,”

designed by Michigan resident,

Tom Doak


Doak has earned a reputation as one of the

leading golf course designers of the day. Projects

such as, Pacific Dunes, one of the premier

courses at Bandon Dunes, Streamsong’s Blue

Course in Florida and Sebonack on Long

Island, have received rave reviews and hosted

major tournaments. He is also recognized

internationally for his work at Cape Kidnappers

in New Zealand and Barnbougle Dunes in

Tasmania, Australia.

Forest Dunes has long been recognized for

its signature Tom Weiskopf design, which

opened for play in 2002 and was immediately

awarded “Best New Course in America” by

Golf Digest. With nine holes winding through

a thickly wooded forest and the

back nine more links-like, it is

a delight to play. It even offers

a 19


hole for an “emergency

par-3” to end your round and

settle the odd wager.

With the addition of The Loop

to Forest Dunes, resort guests

can now play three completely

different golf courses on two

distinctively different layouts.

With a reversible routing, The Loop will be the

first course of its kind in North America and is

actually two courses in one. There are courses

in Europe, especially in Scotland and theUnited

Kingdom, that can accommodate a reversible

format. The Old Course at St. Andrews can be

played in the opposite direction, although it is

no longer used.

Designed in the shape of a huge arc, golfers

play away from the clubhouse on the outside

of the arc and back on the inside for their back

nine. The next day the tees and routing are

reversed to go out the inside of the arc for the

first nine holes and come back on the outside

nine to complete the round.

Fairways and greens had to be designed to

accept shots from opposite directions. With

the natural undulation of the sand dunes and

contoured greens, this was no simple task to


Doak is known for keeping it simple and he has

simply achieved a masterpiece

in the middle of Michigan.

Every golfer needs to add this

unique venue to the top of his/

her bucket list. The golf world

will be buzzing about this

concept for some time to come.

For more information and to

make reservations visit: http://





NWO Golf Links