An independent, unbiased review of Crooked Tree Golf Course in Emmet County, Michigan using the Michigan Golf Matrix Scoring System.
All public Michigan Golf Courses are considered for review.

Address: 600 Crooked Tree Dr., Petoskey, MI 49770

Front 9: Par 35

Back 9: Par 36

Overall Course: (all 18) Par 71

Yardage: Silver tees – 4,528; Green tees – 5,396; Blue tees – 5,978: Orange tees – 6,134; Purple tees – 6,396; Brown tees – 6,669
Stimp meter: 10.1

Crooked Tree Golf Club Clubhouse

Clubhouse and Amenities – Rating 7.64

The clubhouse at Crooked Tree Golf Club is very nice with pro shop on one side and food/bar on the other side of a covered area. The pro shop has a decent selection of equipment and a very nice apparel selection with average pricing. There is a full bar available and the food available is typical golf course fare but with a more expanded menu. The parking is good and the carts/cart paths all rate very well. The service is top notch, especially at the bag drop area where they not only take care of your clubs but can provide other items and give insight to the course.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Front Nine

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 1

Hole 1 – Par 4 – Rating 7.00

Silver: 224 yds
Green: 292 yds
Blue: 338 yds
Orange: 376 yds
Purple: 3
76 yds
Brown: 381 yds

Start your front nine on medium size, level tees that are elevated. The rolling fairway lies far below the tees and doglegs sharply right with medium length rough. Placement is everything here. The bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. This green is medium in size and putts at a medium speed. The surface is receptive and rolling.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 2

Hole 2 – Par 3 – Rating 7.50

Silver: 85yds
Green: 135 yds
Blue: 151 yds
Orange: 151 yds
Purple: 166 yds
Brown: 173 yds

Tee off over rough area from small but level tee blocks for your first of three par 3’s on the front nine. The hole plays downhill with medium length rough and no hazards. The fringe surrounding this large green is maintained. The green has 3 tiers and is receptive and rolling. Putting can be challenging as the speed is fast.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 3

Hole 3 – Par 4 – Rating 7.00

Silver: 234 yds
Green: 348 yds
Blue: 383 yds
Orange: 383 yds
Purple: 403 yds
Brown: 426 yds

Tee off over a natural wetlands area to the fairway of this pretty par 4 from level, medium size tees. The fairway is rolling, doglegs left and is skirted with medium rough. The bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. The green is receptive and rolling as well as large in size and fast in speed.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 4

Hole 4 – Par 4 – Rating 7.60

Silver: 253 yds
Green: 348 yds
Blue: 381 yds
Orange: 381 yds
Purple: 388 yds
Brown: 417 yds

Tee off from elevated, medium size, level tees over a grassy wetlands area. The fairway is flat and wide with medium length rough. There are no other hazards on this hole and the fringe is maintained. The green is large, fast, rolling and quite receptive.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 5

Hole 5 – Par 3 – Rating 7.00

Silver: 101 yds
Green: 132 yds
Blue: 160 yds
Orange: 166 yds
Purple: 166 yds
Brown: 189 yds

Your second par 3 has you tee over a grassy water hazard to a green playing above you that is guarded by real sand bunkers and medium length rough. The tees are medium in size and level. There is a maintained fringe around this large and deep green that has a receptive, rolling surface that runs at a fast speed.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 6

Hole 6 – Par 5 – Rating 6.86

Silver: 414 yds
Green: 448 yds
Blue: 492 yds
Orange: 532 yds
Purple: 532 yds
Brown: 537 yds

Your first par 5 on the front nine starts on level, medium size tees. The fairway is rolling and doglegs sharply left. The hole teases you into trying to cut the corner but beware the rough and 2 large bunkers eager to gobble up any shot less than perfect. The fairway then runs slightly downhill after the turn and there is a stream just short of the green. The bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. Then green itself is large, receptive, rolling and medium in speed.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 7

Hole 7 – Par 4 – Rating 6.66

Silver: 314 yds
Green: 350 yds
Blue: 368 yds
Orange: 368 yds
Purple: 388 yds
Brown: 394 yds

Hole 7 starts on medium size, level tees. The fairway is rolling, slightly uphill and doglegs sharply right. The rough is medium in length and the bunkers are real sand but with a few small rocks. This large green has a maintained fringe, a tiered, rolling, receptive surface and runs at a fast speed. It can be deceptive.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 8

Hole 8 – Par 3 – Rating 7.66

Silver: 94 yds
Green: 123 yds
Blue: 143 yds
Orange: 143 yds
Purple: 160 yds
Brown: 181 yds

The third of three par 3’s has large and level tee blocks. The tee shot is all carry over a deep waste area and plays a little downhill. The rough is medium and there are no bunkers or water hazards. A well-maintained fringe skirts this large, fast green that is rolling and receptive.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 9

Hole 9 – Par 5 – Rating 6.34

Silver: 383 yds
Green: 423 yds
Blue: 449 yds
Orange: 470 yds
Purple: 470 yds
Brown: 478 yds

The final hole on the front nine is a par 5 from medium size tees that are level and have a few dead spots. The fairway is flat but runs all uphill making this shorter par 5 still a challenge. The fairway doglegs left and has medium length rough. The bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. This green is unique in that it has a massive size and is shared with hole 18. It is receptive, rolling and runs at a fast speed.

Average Rating Holes 1-9: 7.06

Crooked Tree Golf Club Back Nine

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 10

Hole 10 – Par 4 – Rating 6.00

Silver: 308 yds
Green: 360 yds
Blue: 398 yds
Orange: 398 yds
Purple: 431 yds
Brown: 472 yds

Start your back nine on level, medium size tees. This par 4 with a straight away flat fairway looks simple but if you go right, you are done so hang to the left. The rough is medium in length and the bunkers are real sand. There is a large slope to the left of the green that funnels shots to the putting surface, so again left is better than right. The fringe is maintained, and the green is large, rolling, receptive and fast of speed.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 11

Hole 11 – Par 3 – Rating 6.40

Silver: 84 yds
Green: 126 yds
Blue: 165 yds
Orange: 165 yds
Purple: 170 yds
Brown: 183 yds

The first par 3 on the back nine is fairly straight forward from level, small tee blocks. The rough is medium in length and the bunkers are real sand. The receptive and rolling green is medium in size but putts quite fast. The fringe is maintained.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 12

Hole 12 – Par 4 – Rating 7.42

Silver: 311 yds
Green: 353 yds
Blue: 384 yds
Orange: 384 yds
Purple: 405 yds
Brown: 413 yds

Medium size, level tees start this par 4. The fairway is rolling, and doglegs left around a large pond water hazard. Carry the water to be in great shape or play it safe wide right. The fairway runs uphill to the green once past the water. The rough is medium length and the bunkers are real sand. The fringe around this medium size green is maintained. The green surface is receptive and rolling, putting at a medium speed.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 13

Hole 13 – Par 5 – Rating 7.34

Silver: 399 yds
Green: 472 yds
Blue: 516 yds
Orange: 516 yds
Purple: 551 yds
Brown: 557 yds

The first par 5 on the back is the longest and has level, medium size tees. The fairway is very rolling with both uphill and downhill traits. It doglegs right closer to the green as the fairway narrows and the hills become even more rolling. The rough is medium and the bunkers are real sand. The fringe around the green is maintained. This green is small but very receptive and rolling. It putts at a fast speed.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 14

Hole 14 – Par 4 – Rating 7.00

Silver: 273 yds
Green: 301 yds
Blue: 372 yds
Orange: 377 yds
Purple: 377 yds
Brown: 392 yd
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Large, level tees lead you to the fairly flat fairway that has a row of fairway bunkers cutting across the fairway. The rough is medium in length and the bunkers are real sand. A maintained fringe is around this receptive and rolling green that is medium in size and fast in speed.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 15

Hole 15 – Par 3 – Rating 6.40

Silver: 90 yds
Green: 110 yds
Blue: 147 yds
Orange: 147 yds
Purple: 173 yds
Brown: 180 yds

Level, medium size tee blocks begin your final par 3. Do not get distracted by the breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay on this straight-forward hole. The green is guarded by medium rough and real sand bunkers. The large green is fast of speed and has a surface that is rolling and receptive.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 16

Hole 16- Par 4 – Rating 7.14

Silver: 310 yds
Green: 343 yds
Blue: 343 yds
Orange: 343 yds
Purple: 376 yds
Brown: 389 yds

Level, medium size tees are on this signature hole which is quite a sight. The fairway is rolling and runs slightly uphill to the crest which is where you want to place your tee shot. From there it drops severely downhill with a slight dogleg right and with the green sitting behind and left of a water hazard. The rough is medium and there are no bunkers. The fringe is maintained for this green, which is small, receptive and rolling. It putts at a fast speed.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 17

Hole 17 – Par 5 – Rating 8.34

Silver: 379 yds
Green: 404 yds
Blue: 428 yds
Orange: 474 yds
Purple: 474 yds
Brown: 510 yds

Your final par 5 has level, medium size tees. The rolling fairway doglegs left then runs downhill before back uphill where the green sits atop. The rough is medium in length and the bunkers are real sand. The green has a maintained fringe, is medium in size with a rolling, receptive surface that runs at a fast speed.

Crooked Tree Golf Club Hole 18

Hole 18 – Par 4 – Rating 7.34

Silver: 272 yds
Green: 328 yds
Blue: 360 yds
Orange: 360 yds
Purple: 390 yds
Brown: 397 yds

The final hole has medium size, level tees. The rolling fairway is a dogleg right with medium length rough. There are real sand bunkers and a maintained fringe around a long large green that is shared with hole 9. The putting surface is receptive, rolling and tiered. It putts at a fast speed.

Average Rating Holes 10-18: 7.06

Overall Course Rating: 7.06

Crooked Tree Hole 15 view of Lake Michigan
Spectacular views of Little Traverse Bay can be found on Hole 15 of Crooked Tree Golf Club

SUMMARY:

Crooked Tree Golf Club is not called crooked for nothing. There are 9 dogleg holes in the 18 that make for a fun and challenging play. The maintenance of the course is very high, and it is just enjoyable all the way around. Crooked Tree can be on the pricey side, but the overall quality of the course still makes it a value play. We recommend if in the Petosky area. See our video of Crooked Tree Golf Club.

Crooked Tree Golf Club is part of Michigan’s Magnificent Ten courses.  Other Boyne Golf resort courses in northern Michigan are located at Bay Harbor Golf Club (home to the Quarry, The Links, and the Preserve), Boyne Mountain (home to the Alpine and the Monument), and The Highlands (home to The Heather, Moor Course, Arthur Hills Course and Donald Ross Memorial) and are some of the finest golf courses in the state.  

The greens rate the highest at a consistent 7.78.

Pricing: Refer to www.boynegolf.com or call (231) 439-4030 for tee times and pricing on green fees.

Value Rating: +1.25

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