An independent, unbiased review of The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes in Roscommon County, Michigan using the Michigan Golf Matrix Scoring System.
All public Michigan Golf Courses are considered for review.

Address: 6376 Forest Dunes Dr., Roscommon, MI 48653

Front 9: Par 36

Back 9: Par 34

Overall Course: (all 18) Par 70

Yardage: Front tees – 5,006; Middle tees – 6,084; Back tees – 6,805
Stimp meter: 11.2

Forest Dunes Clubhouse

Clubhouse and Amenities – Rating 9.20

Hidden away in the middle of nowhere, but not far from Roscommon, Michigan, Forest Dunes Golf Club boasts an exceptional clubhouse and pro shop that cater to the needs of avid golfers and leisure seekers alike. The clubhouse has a rustic architectural theme, blending seamlessly with its natural surroundings, offering a warm and inviting atmosphere. Here, golf enthusiasts can unwind after a challenging round while relishing in panoramic views of the lush fairways and towering pines. There are multiple dining options on the menu, and a full bar.
The pro shop is well stocked with top-of-the-line equipment and apparel to elevate every golfer’s game. The pricing can be a bit high on items, but the quality is undeniable. The amenities provided are also exceptional with a full driving range, practice greens, a full hilltop putting course and The Bootlegger par 3 course that are all enjoyable and add to the full experience. There are also different types of lodging accommodations available for stay and play groups, great for a golf buddies trip. Forest Dunes gets high marks all around.

The Loop (Red) Front Nine

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 1

Hole 1 – Par 4 – Rating 7.43

Front: 265 yds
Middle: 329 yds
Back: 375 yds

We started our review round on The Loop on a Red routing day, which plays counterclockwise. 

The tee box is level and medium size to begin your round. The fairway is rolling with both uphill and downhill features, along with long fescue rough. The bunkers contain real sand, but they had a few stones so try to avoid them. There is a maintained fringe surrounding the large, fast-putting green that is tiered and receptive.

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 2

Hole 2 – Par 5 – Rating 7.00

Front: 436 yds
Middle: 529 yds
Back: 551 yds

The first par 5 comes early from a large and level tee area. The rolling fairway winds its way through long, fescue rough with real sand bunkers. A well-maintained fringe edges this large green that is rolling and receptive. It runs at a fast speed.

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 3

Hole 3 – Par 4 – Rating 6.86

Front: 315 yds
Middle: 383 yds
Back: 414 yds

Large and level tees start this impressive par 4. This rolling fairway has a dogleg left and fescue lining it all the way. Bunkers are real sand but do have a few small stones in them. The maintained fringe is around a large, speedy rolling green that is receptive and tiered. 

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 4

Hole 4 – Par 3 – Rating 6.86

Front: 111 yds
Middle: 155 yds
Back: 187 yds

The first par 3 can be a challenge from level, medium size tees. No real fairway here but there is an approach area. The hole is tree-lined with long rough and real sand bunkers (with a few stones) guarding the large, fast paced green with a maintained fringe. The surface is receptive and rolling. 

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 5

Hole 5 – Par 4 – Rating 7.14

Front: 397 yds
Middle: 424 yds
Back: 467 yds

Next up is another longer par 4 from level, medium size tees. This rolling fairway doglegs right and has long rough edging it. The bunkers have real sand, albeit with some small stones, and the fringe is maintained. The large green itself is tiered, rolling, and receptive. It runs at a fast speed.

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 6

Hole 6 – Par 3 – Rating 6.67

Front: 88 yds
Middle: 108 yds
Back: 125 yds

This short par 3 has large and level tees along with an intimidating view. There is not much space other than the green to be safe here. The large green is guarded by long fescue and real sand bunkers with a few small stones. The fringe is maintained around the large, fast-paced green with a receptive and rolling surface.

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 7

Hole 7 – Par 4 – Rating 6.86

Front: 255 yds
Middle: 319 yds
Back: 362 yds

This is one of the short holes for a par 4 on The Loop. Starting from level, medium size tees you should be able to land in the wide and rolling fairway. There is long fescue edging the fairway and there are some rocky, but also real sand bunkers. A maintained fringe surrounds the large green, that is tiered, rolling, and receptive. It putts at a fast speed.

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 8

Hole 8 – Par 4 – Rating 7.00

Front: 356 yds
Middle: 392 yds
Back: 442 yds

Medium size, level tees start this par 4. A large, wide rolling fairway runs uphill, downhill, and doglegs left with long fescue. An area of fescue about 30 yards deep sits directly in front of the green. Bunkers have real sand and the fringe is maintained. This elevated green is tiered and large. The receptive and rolling surface runs at a fast pace.

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 9

Hole 9 – Par 5 – Rating 7.14

Front: 491 yds
Middle: 576 yds
Back: 630 yds

Start the final hole of the first nine from level, medium size tees. The fairway is flat with long fescue siding it. Here, your second shot cannot reach the green unless you drive the ball a mile. Bunkers are real sand but more of waste bunkers with small stones and some grass. A maintained fringe edges the large, fast-paced green that is elevated, rolling and receptive. At time of review, there were a few bare spots.

Average Rating Holes 1-9: 6.99

The Loop (Red) Back Nine

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 10

Hole 10 – Par 4 – Rating 7.43

Front: 320 yds
Middle: 417 yds
Back: 472 yds

Level, medium tees start the final 9 and allow you to drive it in the rolling fairway edged with long fescue. All bunkers contain real sand in good shape. There is a maintained fringe skirting the large, receptive green. The pace is fast but there are less undulations.

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 11

Hole 11 – Par 3 – Rating 7.20

Front: 152 yds
Middle: 211 yds
Back: 222 yds

This pretty but challenging par 3 begins on level, medium size tees. Expect no real fairway here but a small approach area near the green. It is really an all-carry hole. The bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. The green is very receptive, putts fast, and is large, which seems to be a trait of The Loop.

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 12

Hole 12 – Par 4 – Rating 7.50

Front: 223 yds
Middle: 283 yds
Back: 312 yds

From level, medium size tees, work to hit this quirky fairway that is flat in spots, rolling in spots, and runs slightly uphill to the elevated green. Avoid the long fescue rough and the big bunker lurking within. All bunkers are in great shape for this hole. A maintained fringe surrounds the elevated green that is receptive and crowned as well. It is large and putts at a fast speed.

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 13

Hole 13 – Par 5 – Rating 7.33

Front: 412 yds
Middle: 497 yds
Back: 544 yds

Level, medium size tees start this par 5 that runs along a tree line. The fairway is rolling, doglegs right and has long, tall fescue siding it. Real sane bunkers and a maintained fringe are also on the hole. Count this as one of the fast greens and it is a challenge. Being large, tiered, rolling and sloped back to front. Putting direction can effect your putt a lot here. 

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 14

Hole 14 – Par 3 – Rating 7.00

Front: 112 yds
Middle: 170 yds
Back: 188 yds

Level, medium tees start another par 3 that demands accuracy off the tee or bogies can abound. It’s all-carry to a green guarded by long, tall fescue but, thankfully, no bunkers. A maintained fringe goes around the large, receptive and rolling green. It putts at a fast pace. 

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 15

Hole 15 – Par 4 – Rating 7.43

Front: 275 yds
Middle: 344 yds
Back: 390 yds

After a tight par 3, having space from level, medium size tees to hit a wide, flat fairway is a welcome change. However, the bunkers with real sand are still a hazard as is the long, tall fescue lining the fairway. The large green has a maintained fringe and a receptive feel with a surface sloped front to back. This green can run faster than some as well.

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 16

Hole 16 – Par 4 – Rating 7.43

Front: 339 yds
Middle: 383 yds
Back: 468 yds

From level, medium size tees, we have another generous fairway to land in. The fairway has both rolling and flatter features and is edged with long fescue. The fairway and greenside bunkers are in great shape and have real sand. This large green has a maintained fringe around it. The surface is very receptive, and it putts fast, but not a lot of break to it. 

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 17

Hole 17 – Par 3 – Rating 7.00

Front: 103 yds
Middle: 138 yds
Back: 184 yds

Here we have a fairly common, straight-forward par 3 from level, medium size tees. There is a flat approach and no bunkers. The rough is long fescue, but other than that, this may be the easiest hole on The Loop. The maintained fringe flows around the large, crowned green. Though crowned, it is receptive and can be held. It runs at a fast speed.

The Loop (Red) at Forest Dunes Hole 18

Hole 18 – Par 4 – Rating 7.43

Front: 356 yds
Middle: 406 yds
Back: 475 yds

Level, medium size tees start the final hole. The rolling fairway runs slightly downhill then rises much more uphill to the 18th green. There is much sand to avoid but it is real sand. The rough is the long and tall fescue. The maintained fringe sits around the large, fast-putting green that is receptive and tiered.

Average Rating Holes 10-18: 7.31

Overall Course Rating: 7.15

SUMMARY:

Sequestered away in a perfect location near Roscommon, Michigan, The Loop Golf Course at Forest Dunes Golf Club is one of the 18-hole courses (or is it 36 holes) that offers a unique and exhilarating golfing experience. Designed by renowned golf course architect Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design, The Loop course gives a first impression as one of the most innovative courses in the world, featuring an intriguing layout of two distinctive courses, the Black course and the Red course, interwoven on the same terrain, basically 2 different courses in one. This reversible course design allows golfers to play in different directions on alternating days, providing a fresh and challenging adventure of many rounds of golf for players of all ability levels.

There is fescue on the side of the fairways, strategic bunkering, some elevation change, and breathtaking scenery at every turn. There are multiple sets of tees, from the first tee to the last, accommodating short and long hitters. The green complexes can be, well, complex. The Loop will require you make a variety of shots on many memorable golf holes, all on a course of immaculate conditioning. It promises an unforgettable journey through the natural beauty of northern Michigan forest. Whether navigating the Black course’s bold challenges or the Red course’s subtle intricacies, players are sure to be captivated by the equally impressive tracks of The Loop at Forest Dunes Golf Club. Definitely add The Loop to your bucket list of courses to play. See our Video of The Loop at Forest Dunes.

Pricing: Refer to www.forestdunesgolf.com or call (989) 275-0700 for tee times and pricing

Value Rating: +1.15

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