The Loop at
Unlike any other course (except itself)
Unique is one thing – and there is no question The Loop is unique. But unique AND good is another. There’s no question The Loop is completely unique – it’s two golf courses in one: one day it plays clockwise, the next it plays counterclockwise. This could easily be seen as a gimmick, if not for the fact that both courses stand on their own (and both are pretty much great). In fact, most people report they don’t even realize they’re playing another course backwards. But be forewarned: play an adventurous, daring and – yes – unique course like The Loop, and you’ll soon find other courses to be rote and uninspired. I think that’s worth if for the experience The Loop provides.
Just like the Old Course at St Andrews, whose holes were played in the opposite direction for many decades, at Forest Dunes Doak was gifted a sandy site with only softly undulating ground. More dramatic undulations would have made the reversible concept difficult, because what works from one direction might not from the other. While most of the holes change 180 degrees from day to day, a number through the middle section cut back on each other and feel like completely new entities when switched around.Planet Golf
Think about that for a second and consider the difficulty of designing such a course – there are two courses and only 18 greens. Any bunkering decisions would have to suit both “holes” playing into that green. Any uphill hole would play equally downhill the other way. A big backstop on a green from one direction is a penal obstacle coming from the other.Graylyn Loomis
What To Know
Yardage & Tees
When to Play
Forest Dunes is open from mid-April through late October.
Temperatures are relatively mild during the months the course is open. Look for temperatures to remain consistently above 50s starting in mid-April through October. Rainfall is relatively consist April through October.
Any time Forest Dunes is open should be a good time to play.
|April 18-30||$85, $65 twilight|
|May 1-12||$85, $65 twilight|
|May 13-31||$95, $75 twilight Mon-Wed. $115, $95 twilight Thu-Sun|
|June 1-16||$95, $75 twilight Mon-Wed. $115, $95 twilight Thu-Sun|
|June 17-30||$130, $105 twilight Mon-Wed. $160, $130 twilight Thu-Sun|
|July||$130, $105 twilight Mon-Wed. $160, $130 twilight Thu-Sun|
|August||$130, $105 twilight Mon-Wed. $160, $130 twilight Thu-Sun|
|September||$130, $105 twilight Mon-Wed. $160, $130 twilight Thu-Sun|
|October 3-27||$85, $65 twilight|
Greens fees last verified October 2019. View them on forestdunesgolf.com
Visitor Tee Times
Visitors may play Forest Dunes seven days a week.
Rentals & Caddies
Caddies are $110 if they’re carrying one bag, or $60 a person if they’re carrying two. Forecaddies are $30 a player.
Forest Dunes has a 10-acre practice facility with two driving ranges, a practice putting green, practice bunker and short game practice area. On the driving range there are six target greens at various distances, including several protected by bunkers.
See more details here.