The front nine of the Forest Course was designed by noted golf course architect, PGA Tour professional and NBC-TV commentator Gary Koch and the back nine was designed by renowned architect Ron Garl.
Accuracy is a premium on this course, with its contoured fairways and well protected greens. This course measures 6,700 yards and features the signature island-green, par-3 sixth hole.
The third hole of The Forest is a "fun" hole. This short par-4 invites eagles and double eagles. It is reachable from the tee with a well-placed long drive; however, the player choosing to "go for it" faces a formidable task. Water down the entire right side and a green surrounded by bunkers make a lay-up the far less risky choice.
The back nine of The Forest hosts several holes which are not only challenging but are as beautiful as any holes in golf. The 10th is a reachable par-5 carved from dense forest. This hole challenges the golfer from the tee and also on the approach. The Forest is also famous for its 13th hole, dubbed "Lake Michigan" because of the large lake guarding the green. A par here is equal to a birdie on most other holes. The 17th hole - known as "the partner's hole" - has met with rave reviews. Water down the left side from tee to green, woods to the right and a firm, fast fairway create a hole that appears wide open but requires skill and precision to play well.