Forest Dunes Golf Club: Pure Golf in Pure Michigan
I’ve been asked several times over the past month or so what my favorite place in the country to play golf is. Each time, I put Michigan high on the list, and am often met with quizzical looks.
Why Michigan? Here are a few reasons:
*More public courses per capita than any state in the nation.
*Courses that are accessible and affordable, designed by every big name in the game.
*Daylight during the summer hours that lasts until nearly 10pm.
Practically heaven, as far as golf goes, right?
One thing about Michigan golf that is somewhat less than ideal is that many of the newer courses are not really walkable: The distances between greens and the next tees are too far apart (sometimes a quarter mile or more). And the state’s topography sometimes forces course architects to route holes up and down some serious hills and ravines.
I’ve just finished playing Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon, Michigan, and am absolutely bewitched. Not only is the Tom Weiskopf design undeniably one of the best public courses in this state full of fabulous golf. It is also eminently walkable.
Earlier today, I rode 18 holes and loved every minute of it (except the minutes when I hit some balls into the woods). After a couple of beers and some excellent nachos in the stately clubhouse, though, the lingering evening light drew me back out to walk another 9 holes (with my Sun Mountain push cart). If it were not for a light rain that began on the 9th hole, I would have walked a full 18.
Easy to walk. Simply perfect to play – not a tree or bunker or waste area or mound out of place. And possibly the best greens I’ve ever putted.
Plain and simple: Forest Dunes Golf Club is Pure Golf in Pure Michigan.
And if you don’t believe me, ask Matt Ginella of Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. He was visiting Forest Dunes today, too.
“Do you love this place as much as I do?” he asked me.
My trusty Sun Mountain Micro-Cart is the perfect way to walk the nearly perfect Forest Dunes.
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