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So you wish you could add a little variety to those 18 holes you play. What if you could play a golf course that is totally reversible? That is, one day you play it clockwise and the next day you play it counter clockwise. This of course requires a very special design, such that each green has to be approachable from 360 degrees, and the tees need to handle a hole that plays west one day and south the next. As you can well imagine, these 18 holes will really play like two completely different courses.
Designer Tom Doak is doing just that at the Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon, Michigan. The new course, aptly named The Loop, when completed will be a par 70 course that will play 6,900 yards from the tips. Although the concept of a fully reversible course is not unique, The Old Course at St Andrews is reversible, though hardly ever played that way, The Loop will be the only reversible course in North America. And the good news is that Forest Dunes is a public golf club, situated about 3 hours from Detroit. So if you are planning a trip to Detroit, check out the Forest Dunes website to see if the course is open, sign-up, and of course play it twice.