About the Course
This Robert Trent Jones signature course has a course rating of 76.1 and a slope rating of 148. Jones changed the original course design in 1976-77 with modifications to holes 3, 4, 11, 15, and 18. Each hole has its own descriptive name to give golfers an idea of what to expect before they tee off. “Waterloo”, hole 13, is the signature hole of the Dunes Course. Famous worldwide, it is a legendary hole where Lake Singleton comes into play. “Waterloo” has received every accolade and award as one of the greatest golf holes in the world.
Robert Trent Jones oversaw an extensive renovation of the golf course. The course greens were replaced with Penn Links bent grass greens for smoother playability. The contours of six holes were modified to make the course more player friendly. The most extensive renovations were the relocation of the 11th green and building a new tee box for hole #8.
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club announced the completion of a $6 million renovation project which included modifications to the golf course. On the course, the driving range was expanded 30 yards in length and 40 yards in depth, which more than doubled the number of stations from 18 to 40. This significant renovation has provided ample room for day-to-day practice and is now capable of servicing a full field tournament. In addition to the changes made to the driving range, golfers have noticed modifications to the 18th hole, where a new tee box was added. This new tee box offers an option of playing the par 4 hole as a dogleg left or playing from the original tees as a dogleg right. The Club also added an extra hole to the course between the 13th and 14th holes. This “alternate hole” is substituted when another hole is closed for maintenance. It will guarantee that eighteen challenging holes will always be open for play.
The course reopened after A-1 Bentgrass was installed on the greens, replacing the Penn Links Bentgrass. Rees Jones, the son of Robert Trent Jones, also restored all the greens to their original shape and made minor alterations to the 1st, 8th, 13th, 16th and 18th greens so as to remain consistent with the course’s original design. While the new greens are slightly faster than the old ones, they are still fair and challenging to players of all levels.
Following a 90-day renovation closure, under the direction of 'The Open Doctor' Rees Jones, the Dunes Championship Course re-opened to fantastic reviews.
The Club successfully converted all greens from A-1 Bentgrass to Ultradwarf Champion Bermuda surfaces. Additional projects completed during the closure included significantly enlarging the practice tee and range, the construction and addition of a new chipping green and practice bunker as well as the addition of over 250 yards to the championship tees. The Championship Course now measures 7,450 yards, which positively positioned the Dunes Golf and Beach Club to co-host the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship.
In Rees Jones' own words, "The golf course my father, Robert Trent Jones, created for the Dunes Club in 1948 is one of his true masterpieces. It is a challenging championship course designed on ideal land for golf; sandy, rolling terrain along the ocean with magnificent trees framing the fairways. It has been one of the highlights of my career to have had the opportunity to restore and enhance the original design intent. The course is now positioned for play by today's golfers."