Forest Dunes GCForest Dunes Golf Club

Forest Dunes Golf Club
6376 Forest Dunes Dr
Roscommon, Michigan 48653
Crawford County

Phone(s): (989) 275-0700
Fax: (989) 275-0005

Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon offers one of the best courses in Michigan. British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf designed the course in 1973 and it soon started receiving acclaim as one of the area's toughest rounds. His design includes more traditional elements such as wide fairways and large greens, but there are many challenges in store on this formidable golf course. The front nine, dubbed the "forest nine," demands accuracy due to the presence of towering mature trees but the open back nine is characterized by pristine white sand dunes. Water hazards and bunkers come into play frequently throughout the entire Forest Dunes golf course. As if 18 challenging holes weren't enough, Weiskopf built a 19th hole that plays uphill and across water to a green that has a bunker right in the middle.

Forest Dunes Golf Club
4 stars out of 5 (based on 10 reviews)
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A view from Forest Dunes Golf Club.A view of a hole at Forest Dunes Golf Club.A view of a bunkered green at Forest Dunes Golf Club

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Tom Weiskopf
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 2002
  • Golf Season: May - October
  • Guest Policy: Welcomed
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Providence Bent Grass
  • Greens: Penn A-4 Bent Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: No denim allowed; collared shirt required.
  • Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
I 72 7116 146 75.2
III (W) 72 5888 143 74.8
IV 72 4993 136 69.9
III 72 5888 127 69.2
II 72 6550 139 72.4
Combo II & III 72 6330 135 71.3

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Forest Dunes Golf Club
    5 stars out of 5
    by David Theoret
    on October 04th, 2018 06:25
    If you think Forest Dunes is in the middle of nowhere, you’re right, and it’s not totally a bad thing. What you’ll find is small town hospitality, exceptional lodging, exquisite dining and high-quality golf facilities. No massage tables, no whirlpool baths or spa services, just 54 memorable golf holes. When you stay on property, you are literally no more than 50 yards from the first tee. This is something that every serious golfer should experience at least once.

    Forest Dunes is home to three fabulous golf courses – on two layouts: The Forest Dunes Course and the Loop, which is played clockwise the first day and counterclockwise the next. The Forest Dunes Course was designed by former PGA TOUR champion turned golf course architect Tom Weiskopf.

    Forest Dunes is ranked annually among the nation’s top 25 by all the major golf publications and has garnered numerous accolades from such top publications as Golf Digest, Golfweek, Golf Magazine and The Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella, who declared it #10 on his list of Best Courses You Can Play in the US. Shortly after it opened, Forest Dunes was named by Golf Digest as the Best New Upscale Golf Course in America. Weiskopf himself has placed it in his all-time top three of courses he’s created.

    Forest Dunes features 4 sets of tees; the scorecard offers a fifth set that combines tees II and III. From the tips, the course measures a challenging 7,116 yards, with a course rating of 75.2 and a slope of 146. Tee II is also an epic battle at 6,550 (72.3/139) while tee II mellows things out a bit at 5,888 (69.2/127), The Combo Tees proved to be just what the doctor ordered at 5,330 yards (71.3/135. Ladies will find Forest Dunes a challenge from Tee IV (4,993/ 69.9/136). As always, choose the tees that fit your game and you’ll have a lot of fun.

    The course features several elements that Weiskopf is known for: A split fairway, a drivable par 4 and a 19th hole – in case you need to settle a bet! It’s a short, 117-yard par 3 that plays over water to a green with a bunker in the middle of the green, much like the 6th hole at Riviera Country Club in California.

    Forest Dunes is truly the dichotomy for which it is named. The front nine consists of parkland-style holes wandering with purpose through strands Northern Michigan’s signature pine forests, made up of century-old red and jack pines. Sandy waste areas and elaborate bunkering systems help to form the outline of each hole and keep things interesting along the way. This would be The Forest.

    The back nine opens up and is highlighted by rugged native sand dune areas with thick underbrush crossing and bordering several fairways and greens. Water comes into play on three holes on the back nine, four if you count 19. On the front, you don’t see any water until the 8th hole. This would be The Dunes.

    Before your round, take advantage of Forest Dunes’ incredible practice facility, included with your paid greens fee. There’s a full-length grass driving range where you can hit every club in your bag, a short game area complete with a grass bunker and a large practice putting green. Up above the practice area is a two-acre, 18 hole putting course.

    Most Memorable Hole: Number 19: Par 3, 117 yards. Just in case you haven’t had your fill quite yet, Weiskopf gives you one final opportunity; it’s also a great place to settle bets – or start a new one. It’s a short par 3 that plays slightly downhill over sand dunes and water to a large green with a pot bunker in the middle, reminiscent of the sixth hole at Riviera Country Club. Find the green, make the putt, collect some dough. Easy!

    Favorite Par 3: Number 9, 163 yards (II, Combo Tees). The first hole where water is absolutely in play. This hole requires you to carry your tee shot onto the green as 5 sand bunkers surround it. Anything short of the sand will be wet. Find the green off the tee and finish the front nine strong.

    Favorite Par 4: Number 17, 278 yards (II, Combo Tees). As I said earlier, a Weiskopf trademark is a short, drivable par-four hole, and Number 17 might be one of the best he has done. In order to reach the green off the tee, you need to fly a lengthy sand dune, filled with fescue grasses, rocks and other obstructions. Hit it too far left and there’s more of the same over there. The other option is to hit it about 210 yards, then play a short pitch shot in to the green with hopes of getting it close. It is risk/reward at its finest!

    Favorite Par 5: Number 7, 499 yards (II, Combo Tees). Number 7 is reachable in two, particularly if you can hit a draw shot off the tee. In any event, it’s best to play down the right side to open up the hole. The landing area for your layup shots is narrow as some trees on the left begin to infringe. The green is surrounded by sand except in front, making way for a bump and run shot and leaving no reason not to try and go for it in two. Interestingly enough, the bunker to the right has a tree and some grass in the middle of it. After you play out the hole, turn and admire the beauty of this hole.

    Clubhouse & Restaurant

    Forest Dunes features an impressive 15,000 square foot clubhouse that includes a well-stocked pro shop, beautifully appointed locker rooms with showers for both men and women and Sagamore’s Restaurant, with both formal and private dining rooms. The food is outstanding with all three meals being served, For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with the Breakfast Burrito, two scrambled eggs with onions, sausage and peppers wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. It’s quite filling. Vice President Mark Lutz’s Smoked Chili is a big hit at both lunch and dinner, with smoked tenderloin, onions, peppers, red beans and just the right mix of chili spices. Steaks and burgers are also very popular at Sagamore’s.

    Stay & Play

    Forest Dunes offers some tremendous stay and play opportunities with several lodging options. Now you can play all three courses without leaving the property.

    The Lake Au Sable Lodge is located just a long putt from the first tee. This two-story lodge features 11 standard rooms and two suites and exemplifies the same Adirondack them of the clubhouse. The first floor offers both king and queen bed options that can be joined together if need be. On the second floor are two two-bedroom suites that are perfect for a group of four. The suite includes a sitting area, dining table, full kitchen and private balcony overlooking the first tee. Each bedroom has two queen beds and a bathroom.

    In the last couple of years, Forest Dunes has built several villas that are located within walking distance of the clubhouse and across the road from the start of The Loop. Both two and four-bedroom villas are available The two bedrooms are actually quite spacious; each has a small kitchenette, small living area, two bathrooms and four total beds. Four-bedroom units feature the same amenities, along with 4.5 bathrooms and a mix of king and queen beds.

    Need more room, consider one of Forest Dunes’ cottages, located throughout the property. These luxury homes range between three and five bedrooms and can sleep between four and eight individuals in their own beds. Each cottage is furnished with linens, towels, dishes and cookware.

    If you like what you see and want to consider building a home at Forest Dunes, you can get more information on their website.

    Last Word: As you make your way around the course, you can’t help but admire the beauty of the sculpted tee boxes many of which are surrounded by wild fescue rough, exhibiting traits of ocean links layout – minus the water! Weiskopf has done a marvelous job of working this design into the natural surroundings; rarely does a hole look or feel out of place. What The Loop offers in a rugged Scottish feel, Forest Dunes offers golfers a beautiful nature setting.

    Risk/reward opportunities abound at Forest Dunes starting with the first hole, which plays over a large sand waste area, daring players to cut off as much of this dogleg right as possible. The fairway is wide enough that the safe approach to the green here is from the left side.

    As resort course go, the conditioning at Forest Dunes is second to none. Aesthetically, Forest Dunes is a joy to behold. Exquisitely designed white sand bunkers accentuate the fairways and green complexes, and the sparse use of water is a refreshing change of pace from many courses. For the most part, there is plenty of room around the greens; the areas in front are often accessible with a bump and run shot. Miss to either side of the green and you’ll have to rely on an excellent short game, especially with a lob wedge. A good sand game is also something that will prove valuable as it’s virtually impossible to get around this layout with experiencing it at least once.

  • Forest Dunes Golf Club
    5 stars out of 5
    by jeremy
    on September 05th, 2015 06:51
    Another fantastic day at FD... everytime I play here is a treat!! It is Awesome!! The design is so good and the seemless layout is perfect.. By the way I changed my mind about the cart paths:)) they are pretty darn nice!!! GO PLay!!!!
  • Forest Dunes Golf Club
    3 stars out of 5
    by C
    on October 28th, 2014 18:29
    DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE. Take a left at Forest Dunes and keep on driving all the way to Arcadia Bluffs . Don't get me wrong; this is a nice, very well maintained, up north golf course. BUT THAT'S IT! You can find exactly that for less money and a shorter drive from Metro Detroit. Scenery was poor, lodging was average, food was 'ok'. There was no magic for me at Forest Dunes like there was when I played Arcadia Bluffs. Matt Ginella eat your heart out (and open your eyes)!
  • Forest Dunes Golf Club
    4 stars out of 5
    by David Dimmich
    on August 12th, 2014 18:12
    Very finely conditioned venue with lightning quick and true greens. A nice golfing experience.....
  • Forest Dunes Golf Club
    5 stars out of 5
    by I Love Golf
    on August 27th, 2012 08:16
    Not sure why it was so bad for Ray, but this is easily in the top 3 of every course I have played. The course is always in tournament condition and the staff is always amazing. It's a must play!
  • Forest Dunes Golf Club
    5 stars out of 5
    by Lynn Cherny
    on June 12th, 2012 14:10
    This is a great place for a girls get away golf trip!(and anyone else!) they are diffinately women friendly!
    Super course and facility! Scenery is breathtaking!!! Stayed at lovely home on the property. Restaurant was very good! Entire staff from the golf professionals to the wait staff were very accommodating. Friendly and informative. The general manager asked us several times, if we were satisfied and if there was anything more he could do for us. The assistant pro, Lylse was very helpful, getting us tee times on other courses. We are 4 women GOLFERS from Pittsburgh, we loved it and plan a return with the"boys"!
  • Forest Dunes Golf Club
    5 stars out of 5
    by dh0well
    on November 14th, 2011 05:53
    Rating this course less than 4 stars is ridiculous! This course is easily one of the top 5 that I've ever played** -- the service, course condition, layout, geez, everything was nothing but awesome.

    **and I've played 250+ in Michigan including Arcadia Bluffs, Birmingham CC, TPC of Michigan, Bay Harbour courses, UofM course (an Alister MacKenzie!), both Indianwood courses, etc.
  • Forest Dunes Golf Club
    1 stars out of 5
    by Ray Pezzi
    on September 19th, 2011 07:38
    I have heard and read a lot of terrific things about Forest Dunes so I was really anticipating this, but I was very, very disappointed. I've been trying to think of a course I've ever enjoyed less, but I honestly can't think of one. I won't be back.

  • Forest Dunes Golf Club
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by Tom
    on May 18th, 2011 18:33
    Jeremy worries me. He is concerned about....the cart paths! He should have noticed the brilliant lay out and beauty. Not sure I even noticed the cart paths! Great course worth the trip!
  • Forest Dunes Golf Club
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by jeremy
    on April 27th, 2010 13:23
    Lots of hype. Great course!!! Course is in flawless condition. Me personally the brick cart paths did not do much for me. I know I am probably the only person to say that but it is my opionion. In the middle of nowhere. FD is very playable and also very difficult??? I played terrible the day I played so it was not as enjoyable for me but I do understand the accolades the course is getting. Very well layed out and once again flawless conditions. A
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