Review: Lost Dunes Golf Course, MI
There is such a long hike to the tee of hole 10 that they will give you a shuttle to the tee. This par 4 is very demanding. It takes a huge drive to have a comfortable shot into this well-guarded green. A wide creek runs right in front of the green and left of the green. Going long or right isn’t a good option either. Laying up and going for a tight chip is probably the best option. The next two holes are back and forth that play kind of in the open. It is an uphill approach to the green and then climbing to the extremely elevated tee box for the next hole. The next par 3 is somewhat tame, just giving you a little time to relax for the next stretch of 3 holes. Starting with 14 you now enter a dramatic beautiful part of the course. You tee off high and there is a large quarry lake all along the right side. The 15th hole is a big par 5 that also has more lake all down the right side. And when you get to the 16th hole which is at the end of the lake; you tee off on a par 3 to a severely undulated green. The closing two holes are both solid tests of your driver. They are both demanding shots that require accuracy. As you wrap up your round on 18 you will have enjoyed a Tom Doak masterpiece. While it is not as natural as some of his courses, his creativity and reclamation of this old sand quarry is excellent. As expected with a private course, the conditions were excellent from tee to green.
If you are in the Chicago area, check to see if there is an outing there for you to play in, or if you have connections, use them to get on this gem. It is clearly one of the best in MI.
For more information: www.lostdunes.com
+Tom Doak masterpiece
+Fair yet demanding
+A the top 5 MI course
–Private so connections needed to play