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Valhalla Golf Club



Crooked Stick Golf Club

Carmel, IN Private

Overview

Crooked Stick is the course where Pete Dye became Pete Dye. Conceived following an extended tour of British courses, Pete founded Crooked Stick, located the land, raised the funds and designed the course, rejecting conventional golf holes in favor of radical ones, using bulkheads of vertical telephone poles to create abrupt change and long expanses of sand to emulate dunes. What’s more, he built it himself, pressing even his wife, Alice, and young sons Perry and P.B. into construction work. They opened the back nine first, in 1965, with Mackenzie-style boomerang greens; the front nine came two years later, with lines and angles appropriated from Donald Ross. Crooked Stick was the first Dye course to host a major championship, the 1991 PGA Championship.

About

Holes 18
Length 7516
Slope 146
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1967
Designer Pete Dye, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2021.
2023-'24 ranking: 101st.
Previous ranking: 106th.

100 Greatest: Ranked from 1971-2006 and 2009-'20.
Highest ranking: 54th, 2003-'04.

Best in State: Ranked first, 1985-'89, 1995-'97. Ranked second 2013-'24. Ranked fourth, 2011-'12. Ranked inside the top 5 since 1977.
Current ranking: 2nd.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.3

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.5489
Character
7.5994
Challenge
7.6311
Layout Variety
7.5226
Fun
7.446
Aesthetics
7.2817
Conditioning
7.6898

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