January 3, 2017

Crooked Stick Golf Club

Carmel, Ind. / 7,516 yards, Par 72 / Points: 61.0197
Crooked Stick GC hole 16
Dave Sansom/Courtesy of Crooked Stick

93. Crooked Stick Golf Club

Pete Dye & Alice Dye (9 1965, A.9 1967)/Pete Dye (R. 1978, 1986, 1990, 2007-2008, 2014)

Pete Dye insists he designed Crooked Stick in two stages. The back nine, finished first, was his ode to Alister Mackenzie, with a couple of boomerang greens like those he'd played on the Mackenzie-designed University of Michigan Golf Course. The front nine, completed two years later, was his tribute to Donald Ross, with pedestal putting surfaces and deceptive bunkers well short of some greens. To both he added wooden bulkheads of railroad ties and telephone poles. Crooked Stick was the first Dye course to host a major championship, the 1991 PGA Championship. It also held the 1993 U.S. Women's Open, the 2005 Solheim Cup, the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur, the 2009 U.S. Senior Open and two recent BMW Championships on the PGA Tour.

100 Greatest History: Ranked 1971-2006 & since 2009. Highest ranking: No. 54, 2003-2004 (Fifth 10, 1983-1984). Previous ranking: No. 93

Panelist comments:
“Crooked Stick is an outstanding Pete Dye effort. It's amazing how he was able to create a landscape and make it all tie in without it looking forced. I wish that Pete would build more restrained courses like this instead of trying to outdo himself.”

“The 8th hole is one of the best holes in modern golf with a great use of angles, and the 12th hole uses angles really well, too. The 15th green is cool and unique, and surprisingly playable, and the finishing trio is outstanding -- a very difficult closing stretch.”

“Pete views this as one of his most prized designs, and thus, keeps tinkering to the course to make slight improvements. To compare it with Donald Ross, this is Pete's Pinehurst #2.”

“Indiana is relatively flat, and even without dramatic elevation changes, the course was stunningly beautiful, pretty difficult, and a lot of fun to play.”

“The land used is half old Indiana farmland ,with open spaces and rolling land, and partly wooded on the low part of the property around a creek and ponds. The standouts are really the par-3's, starting with the somewhat short but well bunkered 3rd, the dramatic downhill 6th over water towards the red covered bridge, and the very difficult 13th.”

Dave Sansom/Courtesy of Crooked Stick

Hole No. 6

Dave Sansom/Courtesy of Crooked Stick

Hole No. 9

Dave Sansom/Courtesy of Crooked Stick

Hole No. 11

Dave Sansom/Courtesy of Crooked Stick

Hole No. 16