The Forest Dunes resort is an outstanding golf destination. This course is the original flagship course and I believe it has stood the test of time well. I have always found Weiskopf designs enjoyable to play and this course combines many of the attributes that make Tom's courses so much fun.
The course is a tale of two completely different nine. The front nine (Forest) runs through trees in a parkland fashion. The driving lines, however, are fairly generous and the holes are fun, interesting and thoughtfully laid out. The conditions were very soft so that this nine played quite long, but I had a great time. The back nine is the Dunes part of the course, and looks and feels completely different from the front. The fairways and greens are much firmer and the landscape is an open dune like area. The fun starts at the split fairway 10th and continues on through the entire side. The drivable par 4 17th is a really fun hole as in the par 5 finishing hole. In addition there is a bonus par 3 19th hole to take in as well.
The green complexes are well designed and quite challenging. In many ways this course embraces many of the design characteristics on the now popular minimalist movement with generous fairways and increasing difficulty the closer you get to the green.
Overall a fun and challenging course well worth traveling too. My wife and I flew up from Tennessee to escape the summer heat and humidity in Tennessee and I would go back again in a heartbeat. As others have mention the Par 3 course is a blast as is the hilltop putting course. With the addition of the Loop I would put Forest Dunes almost up to but not quite at the level of resorts such as Streamsong and Sand Valley.
Date: September 15, 2021