Forest Dunes Golf Club (Roscommon, MI)  2010                                                                                            19th Hole Staff Ranking:  Four Golf Balls (Eagle)

With our staff visit to Forest Dunes Golf Club, we were eagerly awaiting to see what this Tom Weiskopf signature golf course and its 19th hole would offer us.  Furthermore, we also wondered just where we were going as it seemed to be taking us to the middle of a forest the size of Rhode Island with no signs of civilization.  We ultimately arrived to our final destination and drew in a big breath of fresh N. Michigan air.  Then we stood and stared at the marvel of what is Forest Dune's clubhouse (see photo top right) and noted to ourselves that this place is built to handle the largest of golf group outings.  Thankfully, the clubhouse staff was immediately attentive to our every need (even though we were just a foursome).  After escorting us through the complex so our staff could locate the pro shop and practice facilities, we were led to the 19th hole and our initial opinions regarding a great locale for large group outings were further confirmed.

The 19th hole, otherwise known "Tocco's", can easily accomodate groups as large as sixty individuals (probably more if it is a low-key event).  The abundant stone-and-beam room has a main bar made from one solid piece of mahogny that can seat yourself and fifteen of your golfing buddies with an ample selection of draft or bottled beer as well as wine.  The menu is in concert with the theme of the clubhouse given the abundant selection of appetizers, salads, and sandwiches.  One of our staff members found the Black & Bleu Po Boy to be an excellent choice (a combination of a blackened chicken breast topped with bleu cheese dressing on a toasted baguette).  For those golfers looking for more upscale offerings, be sure to take in a round of golf first (see photo bottom right - 17th tee box at sunset) and then head to the clubhouse after 5pm when "Sangomore's" opens.  At this fine dining restaurant, you will find menu options such as rack of lamb and Michigan Lake perch.  Regardless of your decision, our staff doesn't believe you will leave disappointed.

Important Notes:  Due to the long winters found in N. Michigan, the course and its 19th hole is only open from April 31st - October 30th.  Plus, because the course is located within the Huron National Forest, it is occasionally very "buggy" (so be sure to bring your Off Bug Spray).


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