The moment I learned about The Loop course at Forest Dunes in Michigan, I was intrigued to learn more about it. The first fully reversible golf course, designed by Tom Doak, that you can play clockwise and counter-clockwise the following day.
How ingenious is the idea to create a course, that’s actually two courses at the same time, depending on from what side you’re teeing off.
So imagine you go to tee 1, put your ball in the fairway and attack hole 1 afterwards, before you head to tee 2. Pretty standard right? The interesting turn in this story is, by tomorrow, you will play the same fairway from the other side as hole 18, ending on a green next to where you started your round yesterday.
Sounds weird? Well, it is weird, but so cool at the same time!
Watch this “Adventures of Golf” episode with Erik Anders Lang, thoroughly exploring The Loop and having some interesting discussion with the architecture maestro Tom Doak himself.
I can’t wait to see similar courses being opened in other parts of the world as well. It won’t solve immanent issues golf has at the moment, but will clearly make up for some excitement and change on the course. What a brilliant idea!