Inside the course: Crooked Stick Golf ClubAugust 27, 2012
PGA TOUR Staff
Fast facts Original architect Pete Dye (1964) Number of TOUR events as host venue 2 (including 2012) Yardage history 7,516 (2012) Par value: 72 Course tour Click here Course record Player
Course origins Crooked Stick was Pete Dye's first great golf course design, built in the mid-1960s on flat Indiana farmland that Dye transformed into a links blend pattered after the designs of Alister Mackenzie, Donald Ross and C.B. MacDonald. The course features wide fairways with fair landing areas and demanding approach shots. Construction of the frist nine was completed in 1965, with the back nine completed two years later. No consecutive holes are laid out in the same direction and golfers must constantly adjust to wind from a different tack. Long holes are followed by short holes, anhd shots calling for right-to-left flight are followed by shots requiring a left-to-right path. The course is designed to test a player's "poise, courage and intelligence" as well as his or her skill. As for where the course gets its unique name, the story goes that Dye was walking the course and picked up a crooked, gnarled stick and swung it at some stones. This inspired the name "Crooked Stick." -- www.crookedstick.org Tournament course history Course Location Years Bellerive CC St. Louis, Mo. 1953, 2008 Beverly CC Chicago, Ill. 1910, 1963, 1967, 1970 Blue Mound CC Milwaukee, Wisc. 1916 Blythefield CC Belmont, Mich. 1961 Brentwood CC Brentwood, Calif. 1950 Brookfield CC Buffalo, N.Y. 1948 Butler National GC Oak Brook, Ill. 1974-1990 Calumet CC Homewood, Ill. 1924 Canterbury GC Beechwood, Ohio 1932,1937 CC of Peoria Peoria, Ill. 1934 Cincinnati GC Cincinnati, Ohio 1905 Cog Hill G&CC (Dubsdread) Lemont, Ill. 1991-2007, 2009 Colonial CC Memphis, Tenn. 1923 Crooked Stick GC Carmel, Ind. 2012 Davenport CC Davenport, Iowa 1936, 1951 Euclid Club Euclid, Ohio 1902 Glen Oak CC Glen Ellyn, Ill. 1915 Glen View GC Chicago, Ill. 1899 Highland G&CC Indianapolis, Ind. 1926 Hinsdale GC Hinsdale, Ill. 1907 Homewood CC Homewood, Ill. 1906 Idlewild CC Flossmoor, Ill. 1912 Indianwood G&CC Lake Orion, Mich. 1930 Interlachen CC Edina, Minn. 1914 Keller GC St. Paul, Minn. 1949 Kent CC Grand Rapids, Mich. 1904, 1911 Kenwood CC Cincinnati, Ohio 1954 Mayfield CC Cleveland, Ohio 1919 Medinah CC Medinah, Ill. 1939, 1962, 1966 Memphis CC Memphis, Tenn. 1913 Miami Valley GC Dayton, Ohio 1931 Midlothian CC Midlothian, Ill. 1901, 1969, 1973 Milwaukee CC Milwaukee, Wisc. 1903 Normandie GC St. Louis, Mo. 1908 North Shore GC Chicago, Ill. 1928 Oakland Hills CC Birmingham, Mich. 1922 Oakwood Club Cleveland Heights, Ohio 1921 Olympia Fields CC Olympia Fields, Ill. 1920, 1927, 1933, 1968, 1971 Ozaukee CC Mequon, Wisc. 1929 Phoenix GC Phoenix, Ariz. 1941, 1942 Pittsburgh Field Club Aspinwall, Pa. 1959 Plum Hollow GC Southfield, Mich. 1957 Portland GC Portland, Ore. 1955 Presidio CC San Francisco, Calif. 1956 Red Run GC Royal Oak, Mich. 1958 River Oaks CC Houston, Texas 1940 Salt Lake City CC Salt Lake City, Utah 1947 Skokie CC Glencoe, Ill. 1909 South Bend CC South Bend, Ind. 1935 Sunset CC St. Louis, Mo. 1946 Sunset Ridge Winnetka, Ill. 1972 Tam OShanter CC Niles, Ill. 1964, 1965 Western G&CC Redford, Mich. 1960 Westmoreland CC Wilmette, Ill. 1917 Westwood CC St. Louis, Mo. 1938, 1952 Youngstown CC Youngstown, Ohio 1925
The TOUR moves to the Indianapolis area for the third week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup -- the BMW Championship. Learn more about this week's venue, Crooked Stick Golf Club.