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Lost Dunes Golf Club (Bridgman, Michigan)

Lost Dunes Golf Club logo Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

The Takeaway:  A good Tom Doak course, but not one of his best, Lost Dunes features extreme putting contours that dominate the experience. There are a handful of really good holes here, but too many forgettable ones to make Lost Dunes great.  Grade B

Quick Facts

Designer:  Tom Doak 1999

Cost:  Private

Phone Number:  269-465-9300

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Lost Dunes Golf Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 9300 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman, Michigan  49106 – UNITED STATES

Photos:  See additional photos of Lost Dunes Golf Club

What to Expect:  Located just off the southeastern coast of Lake Michigan, Lost Dunes is a Tom Doak design with the first seven holes located on the east side of I-94 while the remaining 11 holes are found on the west side of it. The noise from the interstate is more prevalent on the front nine but fortunately the sound dissipates more on the back nine as players get deeper into the property. The course was built on a former quarry with sand and trees dominating the landscape to the point that no views of the lake are offered despite the close proximity. Wide fairways and undulated greens monopolize the design with the greens being extreme at times given how fast the club maintains the speeds. Unless Doak was feeling particularly diabolical when designing Lost Dunes, the contours of the putting surfaces appear to be designed with the idea of having speeds of 10 or less on the stimpmeter and I can only imagine how hellish the pins can get for a member/guest type tournament. The terrain has a fair amount of movement in it but nothing that seems too taxing when walking the course with a caddie; though players can elect to take a cart and be accompanied by a forecaddie if they so choose. The elevation changes throughout the property allow for some creative design features, but the transitions are done smoothly so that it flows nicely from hole to hole. From a conditioning standpoint, Lost Dunes is top shelf with the bentgrass on the tees, fairways, and greens being maintained in a firm and fast fashion and thrives on the sandy base. In the end, Lost Dunes is a Top 10 course in the Great Lakes State that is generous off the tee and ornery around the greens.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 71 6928 74.1 141
Blue 71 6543 72.3 137
White 71 6209 70.8 133
Gold 71 5953 69.6 130
Red (Ladies) 71 5293 71.4 130

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  12th Hole – 414 Yard Par 4 –

12th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (414 Yard Par 4)
12th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (414 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 3:  13th Hole – 170 Yards –

13th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (170 Yard Par 3)
13th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (170 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  11th Hole – 428 Yards –

11th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (428 Yard Par 4)
11th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (428 Yard Par 4)

11th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (428 Yard Par 4)
11th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (428 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  15th Hole – 510 Yards –

15th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (510 Yard Par 5)
15th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (510 Yard Par 5)

15th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (510 Yard Par 5)
15th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (510 Yard Par 5)

15th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (510 Yard Par 5)
15th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (510 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  10th Hole – 500 Yard Par 5 –

10th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (500 Yard Par 5)
10th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (500 Yard Par 5)

10th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (500 Yard Par 5)
10th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (500 Yard Par 5)

Bogey Beware:  5th Hole – 243 Yard Par 3 –

5th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (243 Yard Par 3)
5th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (243 Yard Par 3)

5th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (243 Yard Par 3)
5th Hole at Lost Dunes Golf Club (243 Yard Par 3)

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