The Arthur Hills redesigned holes 16-18 are open for play. Plan your next round and experience the new holes today!
Carved carefully through the stands of centuries-old hardwood and perched on the bluffs high above Bay Harbor, Crooked Tree Golf Club offered a golf experience that is difficult to find elsewhere. Many of the fairways are still lined by stately trees - creating stunning sightlines. As you make the turn, the forest opens up and the back nine exposes absolutely breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan.
Beginning last summer, Arthur Hills and his team of golf course architects set out to enhance the playability of Crooked Tree Golf Club with a range of improvements to holes 16, 17 and 18. From raising tee boxes to re-designing the greens, the changes implemented on these holes have left an immediate, lasting impact and greatly enhance the charm and playability of the course.
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A downhill tee shot, aim at the tree on the far side of the fairway. The hole then makes a sharp dogleg to the right to a green that is guarded by a bunker on the right.
A very straight forward par 3... until you reach the green. This is your first real taste of the excitement that is Crooked Tree. The putting surface is made up of 3 distinct tiers and can cause havoc on anyone not willing to use their instinct and creativity.
Your tee shot will need to carry a natural wetlands area to a fairway that slopes to the right. The green will most often be hiding behind a bunker and some moguls. Just pick your line and add one extra club here as the shot does play straight up hill.
Just as on the last hole, A forced carry from the tee can be a challenge. This time the hole is bending slightly to the right, but again, uphill. Avoid the hazard down the right and you should have no trouble here.
A great par three that is framed by bunkers on the front right and left of the green. The green runs from front to back making anything that is long here a real challenge. Play to the center of the green and you should have a good look at birdie.
The sixth hole has a sharp dogleg to the left that will tempt you to cut the corner. Just be careful of the 2 bunkers that are somewhat hidden from the tee. The hole then heads downhill to a creek crossing and then finally the green. Your tee shot will dictate how to proceed for the rest of the hole.
Guess what? Another dogleg... Noticing a pattern yet? Cutting this corner can get dangerous with out of bounds on the right. Consider playing a long iron or fairway wood to the corner which will leave a mid to short iron approach to an uphill green. Be careful on this green. It can trick the most trained eyes.
The third par three of the front nine, number eight is a Crooked Tree favorite. Once again, your shot must carry a wetlands area to a sloping green. Enjoy the views of Little Traverse Bay!
Straight back uphill to the club house. Use the left edge of the Clubhouse as a target for any shot that you cannot see the green. You'll get a better view from inside of 150 yards. Until you're there, keep pluggin away. The green has bunkers on the left and shares its surface with number eighteen.
A difficult start to the back nine, the tenth is just long. 472 from the back tees. The best plan of attack is to make sure that you get something in the fairway. Even if you have to hit a wood to the green, you are better suited than being in the rough. The green has a large slope on the left that may help an errant shot gather back towards the hole.
This par three is very exposed to the elements. The wind can really get moving here. A bunker on the front left can be a handful, but long and right is almost certain disaster as your ball can roll down a hill some 40-50 yards away.
A great reward of a short approach will be waiting for anyone who can successfully carry the water from the tee. The safer play is to the right. The green sits back uphill and is guarded by a deep front bunker.
Coming out of a long shoot, this par 5 finishes at the bottom of a ravine. Aim at the birch tree on the left center of the fairway for each of your first two shots, unless you are going to the green. Shots to the right side of the fairway in the lay up area, will run the risk of a drawing a difficult lie.
There is more room to play here than originally meets the eye. Your tee shot should be played to finish in line with the tallest tree in the distance.... left of the stand of pines. A series of fairway bunkers will snatch any balls that are too far down the right.
The fifth and final par three of the course, not everyone will be able to swing properly with the distracting, incredible vista in front of them. Be careful of the wind here and when in doubt, be sure to take an extra club. Or 2, or 3!
The signature hole at Crooked Tree. This hole is best played in two parts. Part 1- Get your ball in the fairway at the top of the hill. Part 2- hit your approach to the green. Note that this may not mean a driver from the tee. If you hit too far, you will find yourself with a downhill lie from the rough. This green is the one that everyone will be talking about. It is the most severe on the course. If you can make a birdie here then you need to make your friends buy the drinks!
Aim your tee shot at the third pine tree on the left. Anyone who can take it deep may have a chance at reaching this par 5 in two shots. For everyone else, lay it up to the end of the fairway and then to the green which is across a ravine.
To the left, a wide landing area opens up after a bunker in the short right. It is possible to go over the trees or play a fade around the corner, thus setting up a much shorter approach. The green is then straight up the hill to the green that has three tiers from back to front.