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Weiskopf design and a golfer can play 54 holes on the same property. all of the starting holes for the courses are within a short walking distance from the club- house, so despite the scale of the re- sources, it is not inconvenient to experience everything the property has to offer. In a ranking of the 50 greatest golf courses built in the world in the past 50 years, Golf Magazine cited three Doak de- signs – pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Resort at Bandon, oregon, cape Kidnap- pers in new Zealand, and Barnbougle Dunes in australia – among the top five courses. two other Doak courses were ranked in the top 24 on the list. nestled on 1,300 acres of heavily wooded land within the huron na- tional Forest, Forest Dunes has become one of the country's premier golf expe- riences. In this pristine setting, tom Weiskopf designed one of his top lay- outs featuring rugged native dunes, scruffy sand areas and water features. e course has been consistently ranked among the best courses by the leading golf publications. Golf Digest, which ranked the original Forest Dunes Weiskopf course the Best new course in the country when it opened in 2002, currently ranks it no. 23 among its top public courses, and GOLF Magazine and Golfweek have also ranked it among their top 100 courses. e unique and reversible tom Doak design, e loop, adds a second/third Best new course to the golf experience at Forest Dunes. In addition, the property features the beau- tiful adirondack style clubhouse with Sangomore’s restaurant, lake auSable lodge with 14-rooms, new golf villas, and cottages. Real estate opportunities within the resort are available. golf is not the only recreational activity at Forest Dunes. e nearby auSable and Manistee Rivers attract trout fly fishing. Forest Dunes has partnered with outfitter, the old auSable Fly Shop in grayling, Michigan, to offer guided fishing trips to guests of the property. “one of the neat things about fly fishing is that you’ll never learn it all,” says andy partlo, co-owner and fly fishing operations manager for old auSable. “It’s something that you can literally do your whole life all over the world.” For more information about Forest Dunes: www.forestdunesgolf.com, or 989-275-0700. PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 67