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“Beautiful views, miserable layout, great condition” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crooked Tree Golf Club

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Owner description: This 18-hole golf course hugs the hilly and scenic terrain, with the final nine open to sweeping views of the bay.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“Beautiful views, miserable layout, great condition”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012

The course was one of the only ones nearby that had a tee time that worked. Other reviews on golf sites said the greens were challenging, and complained about the number of blind shots. The course was in ideal condition, with smooth greens and lush fairways. The reports of the greens and layout were, unfortunately, true. If you play from the orange tees, you will have several holes where you have to carry 200+ yards over wetlands with scrub bushes just to reach the fairway. There is a lot of elevation change, sometimes between tee and green on the same hole. There are also several blind shots, which did not bother me as much as the forced carry holes. I wasn't playing all that well, and got frustrated when my ball repeatedly found the OB areas. There were no local rules posted regarding balls that did not reach the other side (like more than one of mine!), such as "two tries, and then drop". The greens were undulating and hard to read, and thus tended to ruin whatever good approach shots we made. I missed several reasonable par putts by inches.

The couple I played with said they'd played here about 5 years ago, decided not to come back, and now remembered why. Some other reviewers said that you would do better on your second or third time playing here, when you know the course better. Personally, I am not sure I'd want to spend the effort when there are many other courses to try in the area.

On the upside, the price is reasonable for the area, the views of Little Traverse Bay from the back nine are spectacular. Carts are included, as well as range balls and club cleaning when the round is finally, mercifully, over.

Visited July 2012
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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2012

With great views sitting high over Bay Harbor, this golf experience was fabulous. Full service with club cleaning after the round and a nice grill. Only $60 after 2PM, course worthy of a larger price tag. Great experience!

Visited June 2012
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Oldsmar, Florida
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1,071 reviews
395 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 429 helpful votes
“Excellent Golf Course in Great Condition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

We were extremely impressed with this golf course. It is in excellent condition from the fairways to the greens. Offering a varied terrain with many elevation changes it was fun and exciting. Players of all levels will find it demanding. We played on a Monday and had a very good pace of play. We enjoyed the dynamic challenges of its varied holes and liked it as much as we did playing the Bay Harbor courses a few years ago. Be prepared to play target golf on some holes and pay close attention to where the fairways end for several “drop off” fairway holes. The greens are almost impossible –lots of undulations! The Pro Shop person said they kept them slow because they are so difficult to putt. We agree! Golfers of all levels will enjoy this beautifully maintained course away from the crowds. It has some fantastic views of Lake Michigan.

Visited June 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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77 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful golf course with outstanding service to match. And a great value to top it off.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2011

We were staying at the Bay Harbor Resort and while I wanted to golf some of the other courses in the area this was close to our hotel and was a little less challenging that some of the other Boyne courses. I mainly golfed with my three boys...ages 9,13 and 16. I have to say what a great choice to come here. First, Paulo Rocha and his staff could not have been more welcoming. I was a little apprehensive about bringing my three boys onto a course of this caliber but Paulo was great and could not have been more accommodating. We felt so comfortable we came back three more times. After 2pm when they had great rates for juniors also. A great value. The course, not surprisingly, was in great shape and the holes challenging but not overwhelming . Be sure to make it to the back nine where the scenery is incredible. Also, if you are staying at the Bay Harbor Resort use of the driving range is complimentary. We hope to return soon.

Visited August 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Views, yay, greens, nay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2004

Just wanted to note for the average golfer---you'll enjoy the beautiful views on this course and we hope that brings you a sense of satisfaction. The greens are downright unfair. Three putts were the norm! We felt like we were putting on a challenge miniature golf course only we could never get the ball in the clown's mouth.

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