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Crooked Stick Golf Club: World-Class Golfing in Carmel

One of the signature structures on the Crooked Stick Golf Club is a full-sized, walk-through red railway box carriage, called the Hadley Bridge. This charming feature blends perfectly with the green, green course, and sets the tone for one of the top golf courses in the world. Long-established forest landscape surrounds the sweeping expanses of perfectly manicured grass, including a variety of tall trees that produce a riot of color during the fall.

Crooked Stick Golf Club is located in Carmel, Indiana, a short 20-minute drive north of the great metropolis, Indianapolis. Designed in 1964 by Pete Dye and constructed on a cornfield, the Crooked Stick Golf Club has a reputation among golfers as the kind of course that puts more emphasis on skill than on luck. Challenges, especially the demanding second shots, were taken from famous courses in Scotland, and are somewhat innovative in the United States. Veteran players consider this course a fair test of the player’s proficiency.

Video flyover of Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana

The first clubhouse was an old farmhouse that was on the property. In 1973, another structure took over as the clubhouse for this golf course, and then again in 2005, it too was razed. That year, Crooked Stick Golf Club built the spectacular permanent clubhouse, which, the very next year, won the Golf, Inc. Clubhouse Competition.

The original nine holes are now the “back nine.” The course was modified in 1985 and then again in 2001, with some re-contouring and replanting. Many of the changes were accomplished with an eye to attracting major tournaments.

Some of the championships hosted at the Crooked Stick Golf Club include the USGA Junior, Senior, Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships, the PGA Championship, the U.S. Women’s Open, the U.S. Senior Open and the Solheim Cup.

Promotional video for the 2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana

The Lay of the Land
One of the most imaginative and most challenging aspects of Crooked Stick Golf Club is that all the holes face different directions. This creates the necessity of adjusting to wind, glare and other factors every time the player addresses the ball. Other tests are built in throughout the course, such as shots that require a right-to-left flight followed by shots that call for a left-to-right path and short holes followed by long holes.

The designers’ idea was to build a course that allows players to use not only their skill, but their poise and intelligence. Traversing the 18 holes of the course, players normally use almost every club in their bags. Judging by the national and international acclaim for Crooked Stick Golf Course and its solid ranking as one of the nation’s top golf courses, this idea has been well received.

Nearby Attractions

The town of Carmel, where the Crooked Stick Golf Club resides, is part of Hamilton County, Indiana. Aside from a full assortment of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, Hamilton County is host to two favorite Indianapolis attractions. With just a short jaunt from the suburban Indianapolis golf course, visitors can take a ride on an authentic steam-engine locomotive at the Indiana Transportation Museum or spend an unforgettable day at Conner Prairie, the living history Indianapolis museum that portrays authentic pioneer life in life-sized exhibits with pioneer-costumed staff.

The sparkling metropolis of Indy is less than a half-hour away from Crooked Stick Golf Club, and the big city offers world-class entertainment and Indianapolis hotels.

Crooked Stick Golf Club

1964 Burning Tree Lane
Carmel, IN 46032
317.844-9938

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