Forest Dunes: Stay and Explore the Top Golf Retreat in Michigan with This Guide

Nov 21, 2020 11:04 PM

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SHARE - Located in Roscommon, Michigan, Forest Dunes is one of the top golf resorts in the Midwest housing two of the nation's top ranked public golf courses. The Forest Dunes Course designed by Tom Weiskopf is ranked No. 23 nationally among all public courses Golf Digest, while The Loop is an impressive, fully reversible course offering two different routes using the same 18 green complexes, designed by the renowned architect Tom Doak.

Enjoy a serene golf experience as Forest Dunes is surrounded by 400,000 untamed acres of the Huron National Forest. You’d find boundless amenities that will pamper you, including lodging accommodations and dining options. Tripboba has wrapped up the highlights of this amazing retreat, so find out more and plan your getaway right away!

Forest Dunes Michigan

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Forest Dunes Golf Courses

Forest Dunes offers some golf courses for your exciting game, and two of the most renowned courses are The Forest Dunes Course and The Loop.

Nestled on 500 acres of heavily wooded land within the Huron National Forest, The Forest Dunes Course is a parkland-style classic with modern touches designed by the British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf. The course features some 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 backdropped with the meandering red and jack pines, with elaborate bunkering and sandy waste areas on the sidelines. On the other hand, the back nine brings to mind Pine Valley with exposed rugged native sand areas and scruffy underbrush crossing and bordering fairways and greens.

Challenge yourself with the thrills of the finishing holes—beginning with the par-three 16th, which measures over 200 yards and requires a challenging carry over a rugged dune area.

Forest Dunes The Loop is an exceptional, “reversible" golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Tom Doak and the team. Golfers playing The Loop head out on the course's Black routing in a clock­wise rotation one day. The next, everyone turns around and plays the Red routing in a counter-clockwise manner.

The Loop offers 18 greens that are approached from different directions. The course takes guests back to the simple origins of golf, designed with only the subtle natural changes in topography to shape the holes.

Aside from The Forest Dunes and The Loop, the HillTop Putting Course is a popular amenity at Forest Dunes Resort. Located just west of the practice facility, The HillTop is nearly 2-acres with an 18-hole course routed throughout the undulating terrain. There is no cost to play the HillTop and tee times are not required, so just come as you are and have fun with your friends!

Or, you can instead opt for the newly added golf course: the short course. This course is situated on a peaceful, rolling bulge of land positioned perfectly between The Loop and Forest Dunes courses and near the spacious clubhouse, pavilion, practice area, and massive HillTop Putting Course.

The short course allows golfers of all ages and skill levels to experience the fun, strategic holes measuring between 50 and 155 yards.

Forest Dunes Golf Rates

Here are the lists of the rates for the next year:

Forest Dunes Stay and Play

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Escape and experience small-town hospitality in Forest Dunes’ three different types of lodging accommodations and exquisite restaurants. With close proximity to the tee, you’ll be able to “stay and play” comfortably at this retreat.

The Lake AuSable Lodge is located just 35 yards from the first tee of the Forest Dunes course and steps away from the clubhouse. The two-story lodge offers 11 standard rooms and two suites.

The first floor features both king and double-queen beds, while the second floor offers a pair of beautiful two-bedroom suites that sleep up to four. The suite includes a sitting area, dining table, full kitchen, and private balcony overlooking the first tee.

You can also opt for the resort’s villas and cottages for bigger spaces. Villas offer two and four-bedroom configurations, a small kitchenette, a small living area, two bathrooms, and four total beds.

Forest Dunes also offers several cottages located throughout the property, including two on Lake AuSable and four on the Forest Dunes course, all furnished with linens, towels, dishes and cookware. Other amenities offered including a satellite TV provider and rental pools.

Aside from lodging options, there are two dining options you can enjoy during your stay. Sangomore’s Restaurant at Forest Dunes offers a dining experience for all occasions celebrating traditional American cuisine with a northern Michigan flair.

On the other hand, Durant’s Room makes a perfect space for a private dinner or corporate meeting.


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