Crystal Downs Country Club


Average: 3.5 (2 votes)
249 E Crystal Downs Dr
Frankfort, MI 49635-9528
(231) 352-7979
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Course Details/History

  • Architect Name – Alister MacKenzie/Perry Maxwell, ASGCA
  • Greens Grass Type – Blue Grass
  • Regulation Length Holes – 18
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  • Private, 18 holes, $61.00 - $61.00

    Crystal Downs is consistently ranked as one of the top courses in the U.S. and the World by Golf Magazine's panel of experts.

    This course was built on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake. The tree-lined fairways are extremely hilly, so expect many uneven lies. One small pond comes into play on the 550-yard, par-5 8th hole. Originally designed by Alister MacKenzie and Perry Maxwell in 1929, Crystal Downs was redesigned by Geoffrey Cornish and Brian Silva in 1985.

    From Sports Illustrated Writer-Reporter Rick Lipsey: After moving from his native England to the U.S. in the early 1920s, Alister Mackenzie quickly became one of the top golf architects during the gold age of American course design. A bit later, Mackenzie asked Perry Maxwell of Oklahoma to become a design partner. "When I originally asked you to come into partnership with me," Mackenzie wrote to Maxwell, "I did so because I thought your work more closely harmonized with nature than any other American golf course architect." That is certainly true at Crystal Downs, a Mackenzie design on which Maxwell worked as the construction foreman. Opened in 1930, the course is routinely ranked among the best courses in the country. Perched on a sandy bluff in plain view of Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake, the gently rolling layout is a stern test. There's a ubiquitous wind that often howls, and the fairways are guarded by deep and amoeba-shaped bunkers and thick fescue. The greens, though, pose the stiffest challenge. Also guarded by tough bunkers, the surfaces have multiple tiers and severe sloping, sometimes reaching six feet of pitch from back to front.

    Design - Golf Course at Crystal Downs Country Club

    • Year Built: 1933
    • Designer: Alister Mackenzie & Perry Maxwell
    • Greens Grass Type: Bent Grass
    • Fairways Grass Type: Bent Grass
    • Water Hazards: Yes
    • Sand Bunkers: 71-80
    • Yardage Markers: 200, 150, 100 Yrd Markers and Sprinkler Heads Marked

Blue tee7073.61386,518
White tee7072.61356,302
Gold tee7069.81285,695
Red tee7072.71355,466
Front Nine
Blue tee4604251914093533843355501753282
White tee4494201593973453513305421593152
Gold tee4383741493853452893304111432864
Red tee4383741493852442892924111432725
Back Nine
Blue tee3951964304421473275883114003236
White tee3901844204351393225773013823150
Gold tee3851423853761393224642443742831
Red tee385142385376942774642443742741
*Par value varies depending on tee boxes used.