Forest Dunes‘ acclaimed reversible course, The Loop, normally plays clockwise on odd dates, and counter-clockwise on even. In 2018, however, The Loop offers three dates (May 31, July 31 and August 31) on which the course can be played in both directions on the same day.
The Loop’s Dual Days are a two-person best-ball team event, where golfers play one direction (course) in the morning, then play the other direction (course) in the afternoon for a 36-hole one-day experience.
The three one-day events are open to all levels of players with a registered GHIN handicap and will award both Net and Gross champions. Lunch and dinner are included at a cost of between $225 and $275 per person. Visit Forest Dunes’ Events Page for more information.
“The most popular question or thought among golfers after playing it in one direction, is ‘what is it like going the other way?’’ General Manager/PGA Director of Golf Chad Maveus said. “The Dual, playing both courses/directions in the same day, will be true bucket list golf. We have done it and I can honestly say there is nothing like this experience for golfers anywhere.”
I have played The Loop twice and think it fabulous. I would jump at the chance to play it again. As for Forest Dunes itself — I think it is in the conversation for the best course in Michigan.
To experience The Loop and Forest Dunes, I recommend a stay-and-play package. Lodging options include the Lake AuSable Lodge, golf cottages, or the new golf villas. Rates can range depending on the time of the season from $59 to $149 per person. Golf rates on the original Forest Dunes course and The Loop course, depending on the time of season, range from $85 to $160.I have stayed at both the lodge and the golf cottages. Perfect for a group.