Only North America’s Great Lake region could produce the sand dunes, pine forests, birch groves and grasslands that authenticate the name Forest Dunes. Designer Tom Weiskopf has lightly stamped the imprint of golf on the wilderness beauty of the Lake Huron National Forest to provide purity of both design and experience that resides at only a few modern golf clubs.
To play the course is to understand Golf Digest’s number 20 ranking of America’s Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play. The challenge to players of all experience levels is as varied as the golf course, and the lake views enjoyed from woodland homes are barely visible from the course. “Playing Forest Dunes is truly a special experience. As you step on to each tee a feeling of excitement and awe comes over you.” said General Manager, Eric P. Feely. “This is a course you can play again and again.”
Forest Dunes’ yardage varies with six tee placements stretching the layout from 3,000 yards at the junior tees to 7,100 yards from the tips. A unique 19th hole offers players the opportunity to settle bets over the challenge of a mid-green bunker. Members can brush up on their technique at the 20-acre practice facility, which features a dual-ended driving range, bunkered greens and a short game area that encourages practice from uneven lies.
Among America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses (Golfweek, 2011) opened for play in 2002; its reputation reaching far beyond Roscommon County. Recently purchased by Lew Thompson and partners, the course re-opens in spring 2012 to continue a first class experience for members and guests. Members from Alaska to Florida enjoy luxurious men’s and women’s locker rooms, spa and fitness center, formal dining room, grill dining, a bar and private meeting rooms in the soaring Adirondack-style clubhouse.
Forest Dunes stands out as a remarkable natural gift to players and residents. Recreational activities include fishing, canoeing and beach time on the 27-acre Lake AuSable located near the clubhouse. Real Estate opportunities for home sites are currently available for just under $40,000 with homes ranging from $199,000 to $489,000. A Discovery Package is a great way to see the residential possibilities and enjoy the amenities available at Forest Dunes.