Lost Dunes - Michigan - USA

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


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  • Bill Korbel

  • Tom Doak

  • Pete Han


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: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

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.
4 / 6
Lost Dunes
July 01, 2012


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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!
6 / 6
Lost Dunes
May 16, 2009


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