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Forest Dunes Golf Club’ Short Course Opening August 1
Forest Dunes’ new 10-hole short course, designed by Keith Rhebb and Riley Johns, opens for play on Saturday, August 1.
Starting and ending at the pavilion outdoor bar, the short course features holes ranging between 50 and 150 yards laid out over 15 acres of rolling terrain.
The short course movement across the country aims to throw out some of the old traditional standards of the game of golf.
“When people talk about what is wrong with golf these days, they talk about how much time it takes to play, how much it costs and how difficult it can be to play,” Forest Dunes director of operations Don Helinski said. “The intention of this new amenity is to provide an opportunity for a group of players to go out and enjoy themselves with only a few clubs and a couple beverages. It will take an hour to play and the emphasis will be on ‘the hang,’ both during and after the round.”
“We anticipate groups playing matches or different games, rather than compiling a cumulative score and relating it to a standard such as par.”
The whole atmosphere will be more relaxed than the typical golf course culture. Golfers may play together in groups up to eight and it won’t be uncommon for players to be barefoot or have music playing.
The break from the norm is also evident in the unique layout number of holes.
“Who says a course needs to be 18 or 9 holes,” Helinski said. “We gave the architects a defined area of land to work with and they said we can fit 10 good holes there. So that’s what we built.”
Another unique feature is the fact that the first and 10th holes crossover with intersecting fairways.
Golfers should expect the short course to play fast and firm, much like The Loop, because of its fescue fairways.
The short distances of the holes and the green complex architecture make the short course a great place for beginners … as does the price. The cost is $39 per player. Children 15 and under are free with a paid adult while 16 and 17-year-olds are $20 each.
The short course opens at 1 pm daily and those groups of five to eight planning to play together need to reserve two consecutive tee times.
The course has not yet been named.