Michigan’s Reversible Golf Course?


The Loop Hole 2 / 16
Reverse hole #16, left of green from approach area. Reverse hole #2 green complex prior to seeding in background
The Loop Hole 2 / 16
Reverse hole #16, left of green from approach area. Reverse hole #2 green complex prior to seeding in background

 
In the center of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a new golf course will open in Roscommon, MI in 2016 from architect Tom Doak. This unique layout will have 18 greens and 36 tees, allowing it to be played in two directions: clockwise one day and counter-clockwise the next.

It will be called The Loop, part of the Forest Dunes Golf Club complex.

The entire layout is just under 200 acres, but 95 of those acres are seeded fairway to account for teeing areas and multiple-angle approaches to the greens. Fifty acres is considered large for fairway areas.

Read more from the Detroit Free Press story on The Loop here.

What do you think about this reversible golf course design idea? Is it interesting or schlocky? Leave your comments below…

2 Comments

  1. December 30, 2015

    The ultimate gimmick. Like Alan Shepard’s 6 iron shot off the lunar surface of the moon in 1969 which is still going.

  2. December 28, 2015

    I think the design had merit until the fairway area almost doubled which would be a drain financially. The Old Course at St. Andrews was originally designed what today would be considered backwards and many look forward to playing the original design on April 1st each year.

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