Forest Dunes Golf Club
First of all (as stated by everyone else), Bring bug spray.
I think the most important thing that this course lacked was any kind of preview of what the hole looks like. This was missed in quite a few ways: Not having a GPS system on the carts like Arcadia, Harbor Shores, Thousand Oaks, and all great courses have. Not having a course layout on the scorecard to give some sort of idea of what's coming ahead. Not having a hole layout on some kind of tee marker. Or they could have just as easily have made elevated teeboxes so you can see the beauty of the course. I guess I'm saying, BUY A YARDAGE BOOK. Ya know... Because you haven't already spent enough at this course.
My honest opinion is that this course is highly overrated. There were no holes that "wowed" me. Just a nicely maintained course. Meh.
June 23, 2015
Well worth it!!
Without a doubt the nicest public course in Michigan. Maybe the best period! I've played Arcadia Bluffs, The Bear....Garland...you name it. This will become a regular trip for me!
The greens roll lightning fast and true. But also hold from as far out as 225 yards with a long iron. If you can catch it for less than $90 like we did...play it!
June 22, 2015
not a bucket list course
Course has top notch playing conditions , but was not a bucket list item like playing Pebble Beach (which I did in 1994 when I was 47) or visting the gravesite of Al Czervik (which I did when I toured the memorable attractions of L.A. last March). The terrain is fairly flat and there are no dramatic holes like 7,8,and 9 at Pebble or the third hole at Threetops in Gaylord, Michigan. Our foursome agreed that it was an OK course in great shape, but overhyped by Golf Digest and other evaluators of golf destinations. We were all disappointed with The Dunes. However, we did have a memorable tasty dining experience while enjoying a beautiful sunset on the deck of LimberJack's located on the tranquil shores of Houghton Lake. We capped our Northern Michigan golf excursion with some good natured golf banter and listening yo the social commentary of comedian Louis C.K. on our ride home. Lots of laughs after a ho-hum round of gawf. Save your $$ and use them on climbing Mt.Everest, skydiving , riding a professional rodeo bull, or playing Pebble Beach before you kick your bucketfull of shag balls.
June 19, 2015
Very playable course overall.
I found this course to be very playable! For playing it the first time. Most of the time everything is right in front of you. Very well taken care of . Wide fairways and nice greens. They rolled very well. Liked the speed of the greens as well . Beautiful lay out. I will be back to play this course . I heard great things about this course from a friend that played it a few years ago and I was not disappointed at all. The staff was great and I had the rainbow trout which was excellent !
June 9, 2015
This course is beautiful. Awesome clubhouse. Very friendly staff. Worth the 2.5 hr drive it took to get here. Will be back.
May 14, 2015
This is one of those Michigan "bucket list" courses to play and was not disappointed with the experience. Although greens had recently been aerated, condition of course was exceptional. Because of some weather concerns, staff made accommodations to get our round in earlier than original tee time. If you like links style design, you must make time to play this track.
October 8, 2014
Not Bucket List Worthy
They advertise this as Bucket List a Golf, but it comes up short in many ways. The course itself is a nice layout, in great shape, and greens are as fast as most any you'll play. However, the course lacks the elevation changes that one anticipates in N MI golf courses. It is very flat and lacks character that you experience on courses within an hour of this track. It has lots of sand and a well manicured course, but not worthy of all the acclaim. In addition, the staff is unfriendly, food is average, and they stuck us behind an outing that took almost 6 hours. Tried to ask for a rain check prior to teeing off behind the scramble, but they were not accommodating. Nice course & facilities in the middle of nowhere, but short on making guests feel welcomed and certainly not worthy of bucket list status. There are a lot of fun courses to play that are easier to get to, and more enjoyable. Oh, and if you do go, bring your bug spray!
October 2, 2014
A fabulous experience
With the help of GolfNow, this marvelous course was affordable. The only negative was the lack of a course marshal to aid with playing through slower groups.
September 28, 2014