Crooked Tree Golf Club
Bay Harbor, Michigan
Sublime - from start to finish
Open Daily through October 22
The finest golf courses don't claim their environment: they embrace it. Crooked Tree Golf Club clearly reflects that mandate. Carved through stands of centuries-old hardwood, and perched on bluffs high above Little Traverse Bay, the fairways of the first nine holes are lined by old-growth trees - creating stunning sightlines from one hole to the next. The course is characterized by undulating greens that require careful, consistent putts for par.
Scheduled Range Hours
Monday: 7am-3pm* | Tuesday - Wednesday: 7am-7pm | Thursday: 7am-12pm,* 2pm-7pm | Friday - Sunday: 6:30am-7pm
*Range closes for maintenance. Time subject to change based on weather and events.
Par 4 • 381 yards • 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.
Par 3 • 173 yards • 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.
Par 4 • 426 yards • 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.
Par 4 • 417 yards • 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.
Par 3 • 189 yards • 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.
Par 5 • 537 yards • 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.
Par 4 • 394 yards • 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.
Par 3 • 181 yards • 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!
Par 5 • 478 yards • 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 plugging away. The green has bunkers on the left and shares its surface with number eighteen.
Par 4 • 472 yards • 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.
Par 3 • 183 yards • 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.
Par 4 • 413 yards • 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.
Par 5 • 557 yards • 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.
Par 4 • 392 yards • 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.
Par 3 • 180 yards • 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!
Par 4 • 389 yards • Recently re-designed by Arthur Hills and 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 can make a birdie here then you need to make your friends buy the drinks!
Par 5 • 510 yards • Also a recent Arthur Hills re-design. 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, either choose to lay it up before the steep hill and hit your approach in at the same height as the green, or let it roll the hill and hit a shorter approach in, but from well below the hole.
Par 4 • 431 yards • 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.