Hills firm to redesign Crooked Tree


Hills firm to redesign Crooked Tree
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Resort owner Boyne will begin a redesign project at its Crooked Tree club in northern Michigan later this month.

The Hills Forrest firm is handling the work, which involves extensive changes to the course’s three finishing holes, including the relocation of the sixteenth and seventeenth greens.

A slope on the fairway of the sixteenth hole will be decreased, while the fairway of the seventeenth will be reshaped in order to improve the sight lines to the greens. Major bunker work will also be carried out on the eighteenth hole.

Crooked Tree was originally designed by Harry Bowers, and Hills Forrest’s work on the course will add to the list of Boyne-owned courses on which the firm has worked, including Bay Harbor Golf Club and the ‘Arthur Hills’ namesake course at the Boyne Highlands resort in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

“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 is known,” said Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and retail.

Holes one to fifteen will remain open while the redesign work is in progress.