The idea of a reversible golf course, one that could be played in one direction or the other, is not new. In fact The Old Course at St Andrews was at one point regularly played in reverse.
The “right-handed” version of The Old Course is the one we’re all familiar with, but a “left-handed” version was played every other week in the late 19th century that began by teeing off to the 17th green and finishing by playing from the 2nd tee to the 18th green.
As mentioned in this video below, Tom Doak took inspiration for his reversible The Loop at Forest Dunes in Michigan from the final chapter of Newton Wethered and Tom Simpson’s book The Architectural Side of Golf.
It’s a stunning design has been open a few years now and by all reports is has been a success – in that both “courses” are considered to be almost equally as good as each other.
Erik Anders Lang featured The Loop at Forest Dunes on the latest episode of Adventures in Golf on Skratch TV. Lang plays both courses and chats to Doak about its conception and design along the way.