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Arthur Hills Redesigning Crooked Tree Golf Club


Crooked Tree Golf Club, located in Petoskey, Mich., and a member of the Boyne Resorts collection of golf courses, is receiving a facelift by Arthur Hills. The renowned golf course architect is redesigning hole Nos. 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 work.

Hills and his associates at Hills & Forrest International Golf Course Architects are renovating Crooked Tree Golf Club to make the holes more playable. Significant work is being done to enhance the greens, which are being relocated on 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 sight lines 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.

Hills is no stranger to working with Boyne Resorts. In the mid-'90s, he collaborated with Boyne Resorts' president of eastern operations, Stephen Kircher, in designing Bay Harbor Golf Club, and constructed his namesake course, Arthur Hills, which opened in 1999 at another Boyne property, Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs.

"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 of Crooked Tree Golf Club's finishing holes 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, originally designed by Harry Bowers and opened in 1991, is known for its elevated terrain and centuries-old hardwoods, blind shots and fine conditioning. The layout offers scenic vistas of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay.

For more information about the course, visit http://www.boyne.com.