Portfolio Naples April 2017 - Page 62

FOREST DUNES’ THE LOOP A NEW LEVEL OF CREATIVITY IN COURSE DESIGN By John Companiotte Photography by Brian Walters Innovation in golf course design is a rarity. e culture of golf favors tradition for a game whose history dates back cen- turies in Scotland, with many golf holes in america deliberately duplicating holes on famous Scottish courses. For example, the Redan hole, with a green that slopes from front-to-back away from the tee shot, and the Biarritz hole, with a severe trough crisscrossing the green, are two ex- 60 PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE amples of hole designs that originated in Scotland (in this case at Berwick) that were repeated at american courses. But change does come even to golf. american golf course designer tom Doak of Renaissance golf Design has created one of the most revolutionary course de- signs of the past one hundred years. at Forest Dunes in Roscommon, Michigan, a premier international golf destination in northern Michigan since it opened its first course in 2002, e loop has been hon- ored by the golf industry’s two leading publications. For 2016, both Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine named e loop, an 18-hole reversible course as the Best new public course and the Best new U.S. course you can play, respectively. “I’ve doodled with the concept several times over 20-plus years, so I think I have