Michigan, United States: Forest Dunes, the nationally acclaimed Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, has been recognised by GOLF Magazine as one of the ‘Top 100 Courses You Can Play’ in the United States.
And it was ranked number one in Michigan for ‘The Best Courses Near You’.
Tom Weiskopf Designs is an Associate Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
The latest accolades for Forest Dunes can be found in the September 2016 issue. The biennial list, put together by the magazine’s editors and its panel of golf industry insiders, highlights the top public golf courses across the United States, as well as the best in each state.
Chad Maveus, General Manager at Forest Dunes, said: “The state of Michigan is one of the top golfing states in the country and to be recognised, not only as one of the nation’s top courses, but also the top public course in the state, is very exciting.
“This ranking is testament to the dedication our team has in making the Forest Dunes experience one of the best in the country.”
Forest Dunes, ranked 21st on GOLF’s Top 100 list nationwide, opened in 2002 and quickly earned a national reputation for being a special golf destination. The course was referred to by Weiskopf as being among his top three designs in the United States.
A treat for any golf purist, the course is reminiscent of his Arizona courses featuring a number of strategic challenges. It is a mixture of parkland-style design and rugged native dune holes that meander through corridors of red and jack pines featuring elaborate bunkering and sandy waste areas.
The strategic challenges include a 10,000 square foot crescent-shaped green, and a dual fairway on the 10th hole for risk/reward adventure, as well as a 605-yard par-five to challenge a golfer’s long game.
The finishing holes offer great excitement beginning with the par-three 16th that plays over 200 yards and requires a shot that carries over a rugged dunes area.
Weiskopf is known for designing memorable short par-four holes and 17 might be one of his best. It is just 302 yards from the back tee, but offers a number of ways to be attacked. The finishing hole measures 531 yards and plays out dramatically through the dunes area to a green guarded by a lake.
If a match is tied, then the play-off can take place on the 117-yard 19th hole, which plays over a lake to a green that features a unique bunker in its centre. The clubhouse serves as a fitting backdrop.
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