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.
Lost Dunes is a great getaway so close to a bustling highway you would never no if you couldn’t hear the trucks. Tom Doak doesn’t do much wrong and Lost Dunes is no exception. Great use of the land maximizing the routing and green complexes that really captivate the mind. My only complaint when I played besides my skillset not being good enough to play the tips was that the greens were much slower than usual. Our caddie told us they had a turf issue and the greens had to be grown out to manage it, looked like they caught it in time and you would never know besides the slower roll of the ball. Much of the membership here is from Chicagoland and I don’t blame them such a nice get away from the big city but also so close. I would love to get back to Lost Dunes this year and ply with the green speeds up, this course is well deserving of a top 100 modern design in the US.
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.
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.