Michael Green, formerly with Lochmoor CC and Grosse Pointe YC, will head dining operations and Fred Bauer will help new General Manager Todd Campbell, as the Roscommon, Mich., property continues its revival under new ownership.
Forest Dunes Golf Club, Roscommon, Mich., has announced two key staff appointments as part of its rebirth under new ownership (http://www.clubandresortbusiness.com/2011/10/26/forest-dunes-golf-club-purchased-by-investment-group/).
Michael R. Green, Executive Chef for six years at the Lochmoor Country Club in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., and for five years prior to that at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, will now be the property’s new Chef, and Fred Bauer, who spent more than 14 years as General Manager and Controller at nearby Garland Resort, will now work again with his former colleague at Garland, new Forest Dunes GM Todd Campbell, as Forest Dunes’ Operations Manager.
“The transformation of nationally rated Forest Dunes Golf Club into a destination resort continues with the addition of an acclaimed chef with an impressive track record at prestigious private clubs,” said Campbell, who was himself just appointed to the GM position two months ago (http://www.clubandresortbusiness.com/2012/02/17/campbell-named-new-gm-at-forest-dunes-gc/). “Chef Green’s hiring emphasizes the commitment and stability of the club’s ownership in providing the best amenities for discerning visitors who come to play and stay at Forest Dunes.
“I really want to stress how excited I am to have Michael and Fred as part of Forest Dunes’ new management team,” Campbell added. “Each brings a tremendous amount of experience and talent that will be vital to our success in the coming season and for years to come.”
When Campbell joined Forest Dunes in February, he said his first priority was to elevate the dining experience in the club’s restaurant to the first-class levels of the magnificent clubhouse and the world-class golf course. Bringing Chef Green aboard is the first step, Campbell said, that reinforces the commitment made by an ownership group headed by trucking executive Lew Thompson to remake the club into a sparkling gem, after he and his investors bought the property in late 2011.
Already in the works as part of the transformation is a 22-room inn, with four luxurious suites, that will be ready to receive guests at the start of the 2013 golf season.
The partnership led by Thompson also owns and operates The Bridges Golf & Country Club in Montrose, on Colorado’s Western Slope, halfway between Grand Junction and Telluride (www.clubandresortbusiness.com/2011/12/22/beyond-troubled-waters/). The Bridges features a Jack Nicklaus-designed course, and members will have reciprocal playing arrangements at both clubs.
Forest Dunes is ranked 45th on Golf Magazine’s list of the nation’s Top 100 courses, and readers of Golf World magazine selected it as the top public course in the country. It is No. 20 on Golf Digest magazine’s list of the 100 greatest public courses in America, and is a perennial choice on Golf Week’s list of Top 100 modern courses in the country.
The 1,300-acre club is just over two hours from the northern suburbs of metropolitan Detroit.