Holes 16, 17 and 18 at the Petoskey, Mich., club will be redesigned, relocated and reshaped by Arthur Hills to make the holes more playable. Throughout the construction, which is expected to begin in late August for a spring 2014 debut, holes 1 through 15 will remain open for play.
Crooked Tree Golf Club in Petoskey, Mich., is receiving a facelift by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills, who is redesigning holes 16, 17, and 18. Construction is expected to begin in late August and the course will remain open for play on holes 1 through 15 during the construction period.
Hills and his associates at Hills & Forrest International Golf Course Architects have created a plan to renovate Crooked Tree to make the holes more playable. Significant work is being done to enhance the greens, which are being relocated on holes 16 and 17 and remodeled on all three holes. Other upgrades include a decreased slope on the 16th fairway and reshaping of the 17th fairway in order to improve the lines of sight to the greens. Bunker work on the 18th hole is also part of the project. Boyne Resorts will debut the newly designed holes in the spring of 2014.
Crooked Tree is a member of the Boyne Resorts collection of golf courses. In the mid-90s, Hills collaborated with Boyne Resorts’ president of eastern operations, Stephen Kircher, in designing the renowned Bay Harbor (Mich.) Golf Club, and constructed his namesake course, Arthur Hills, which opened in 1999 at another Boyne property, Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Mich.
“We are honored to once again have the opportunity to work with Arthur Hills, a true golf legend,” said Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and retail. “Hills’ redesign will have a great impact on the playability of the course while maintaining the aesthetics and beauty for which Crooked Tree Golf Club is known.”
Crooked Tree Golf Club’s course offers elevated terrain and centuries-old hardwoods, challenged with blind shots and impeccable greens, scenic vistas and views of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay.
Crooked Tree Golf Club was originally designed by architect Harry Bowers, and opened in 1991.