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Arthur Hills' Redesigned Crooked Tree Golf Club Reopens


The remodel of Crooked Tree Golf Club in Petoskey, Mich., has been completed and the course reopened for play on June 20.

The project overseen by architect Arthur Hills involved a reworking of hole Nos. 16, 17, and 18 to make the course more playable. Hills and his associates at Hills & Forrest-International Golf Course Architects made other changes. The greens on those three holes were remodeled, and at 16 and 17 the putting surfaces were relocated.

Fairway work included decreasing the slope on No. 16 and reshaping Nos. 17 and 18. Extensive bunker work on No. 18 was also completed.

"This project was not without its fair share of challenges with heavy rains both in the fall and the spring that forced us to redo work several times over, but we couldn't be happier with the final product," said Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts' senior vice president of golf and retail.

"It's always an honor to work with Mr. Hills and his mark on this course will leave golfers wanting to play it again and again."

This is the third project in which Boyne Golf and Arthur Hills have collaborated. In the mid-'90s, Hills and Boyne Resorts' president of Eastern Operations, Stephen Kircher, designed Bay Harbor Golf Club. Hills also constructed his namesake course, Arthur Hills, in 1999 at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs.

Crooked Tree Golf Club was originally designed by Harry Bowers and opened in 1991. The course features elevation changes, well-conditioned greens, centuries-old hardwoods and scenic vistas of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay.

For tee times or more information, call 800/462-6963 or visit www.BOYNE.com/golf.