The first challenge encountered at The Dunes Club is finding the place. There’s no signage, just a dirt road off a country lane. A lost golfer once asked a woman walking her dog near the entrance where the Dunes Club was. She replied that she had been walking the road for years and could assure him there was no golf course anywhere nearby.
The challenge continues once inside. One strength of the course is the effort to make the second nine different from the first. The multiple tees (I counted 9 at the 6th hole) and the midday cup changes are indeed unique. And Mike Keiser continues to make improvements, the most recent being a new fifth green which will open in the summer of 2021. The greens have the kind of challenging contours I enjoy, but I found the tee to green experience not as enjoyable. Both par 5s feature the kind of penal cross hazards on the second shot that went out of style over a century ago and an aerial approach is the only option on too many holes. Nonetheless, The Dunes Club easily fits in the top three of nine holers I’ve played, just behind Royal Worlington and Newmarket and Whitinsville.
Date: May 28, 2021