Lost Dunes - Michigan - USA

Lost Dunes Golf Club,
9300 Red Arrow Highway,
Bridgman,
Michigan (MI) 49106,
USA


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Set on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Lost Dunes Golf Club, designed by Tom Doak, is set dramatically in a former sand quarry with towering dunes surrounding it.

With ultra wide fairways you’d expect Lost Dunes to be a pushover, but your putting will need to be at its very best to card a decent score. These greens – and their strategic bunkering – are perhaps Doak’s most outrageous. Putting on these surfaces will leave you questioning your eyesight. You’ll need to be very lucky or get to know them intimately before reducing the multitude of three, four and maybe more putts!

Visually, Lost Dunes is a striking course and its only drawback is perhaps Interstate 94 which dissects it creating a couple of long walks to the tee.

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Description: Set on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Lost Dunes Golf Club, designed by Tom Doak, is set dramatically in a former sand quarry with towering dunes surrounding it. Rating: 8.3 out of 10 Reviews: 4
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Daniel Kollros

Lost Dunes has a beautiful secluded feeling as the course plays in a pair of valleys, even as it is bisected by I-94. It features wide fairways and playing corridors and large dramatically undulating greens. The first 7 holes are very good and introduce you to some wild Doak greens, but my favorite section of the course is the standout 9 hole 8-16 stretch playing both up and down some of the walls of the larger valley, as well as weaving around the large lakes in its center. This stretch includes two cape style Par 5's (8 and 15) doglegging in opposite directions over the lakes which provide challenging tee shots that prefer differing shot shapes. It also includes the standout 11th hole, with the second shot played up to a dramatically sloped elevated green. The course wraps up with 2 straightforward par 4's back to the clubhouse. One downside is the walk is a little disjointed due to the interstate with shuttles required at the start of each 9 as well as between holes 7 and 8.

September 30, 2019
7 / 10
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Chris Campbell

Very special place tucked away in SW Michigan for predominantly Chicago cottage owners. You must take a forecaddie, and they are excellent. The Tom Doak design takes advantage of the sand dunes and conditioning was great. Several holes have forced carries and it was a true test of golf.

January 30, 2019
10 / 10
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Fergal O'Leary
The name is fitting for this relatively unknown mid-west gem. When you walk into the clubhouse, you’ll find yourself surrounded by NHL (National Hockey League) jerseys, merchandise and an original Chicago Blackhawks banner as 1934 World Champions. The owner of this club is an ice-hockey nut and wanted to display his love throughout the house. Measuring 6900 from the tips, Doak designed a course which has stretches of world class holes mixed in with straightforward forgettable holes – although depending on your ability, I’m more than happy to debate this. All of the par 5s are easily reachable, but with innocent looking streams or grass ditches to contend with, your attention will always be perked. The more holes I played, the character of the course really came to the forefront – namely, the architects consistent demand of a notable carry to the fairway or par 3 green. The 11th and the 17th might be the only holes on the back side where you don’t have to walk around tall fescue to get to the fairway. On the front, the impressive par 3s 3rd and 5th have tall grass hiding green-side bunkers out of sight from the tee box, which are a great challenge with club selection. On the first tee, my caddy told me that the 5th through the 8th is the best stretch on the course (243 yards, 470 yards, 448 yards & 603 yards). The course at Lost Dunes is an enjoyable walk, extremely well routed and it lived up to its reputation of generous fairways and elephant burial ground greens. Although a top 100 Golf Digest course, I love finding golf courses in the absolute middle of nowhere which I enter with zero expectations or prior knowledge, and leave the club with memories of terrific challenges, lots of birdies and one of Doak’s earliest creations with design features which he has taken to the world stage.
July 01, 2012
6 / 10
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jud tigerman
Let's face it guys-It's a Tom Doak design on sandy soil! This guy is head and shoulders above any course architect working today, including Coore and Crenshaw. Wonderfully eccentric layout with some of the wildest green complexed even Doak has built. If three-putting puts you on tilt, then don't play for large stakes here! What a raucous, fun course that you could play every day and not get tired of. Couple of points of note-the owners tend to overwater so the course doesn't always play as firm and fast as Doak intended. Also you may consider taking a cart as there are some long, steep walks. Oh yeah and a major interstate biscects the course!
May 16, 2009
10 / 10
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