Crystal Downs is delightfully set on a headland wedged between Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan. This 18-hole course showcases 6,518 yards of great golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. It has a 73.6 course rating and a 138 slope rating on Blue grass. Designed by Perry Maxwell and Alister MacKenzie, the golf course started operation in 1929.
The terrain that Crystal Downs golf course is built on is very hilly, offering great play as well as stunning views. It is laid out before a bluff around 50 to 100 feet high with a clear and breathtaking sight of Lake Michigan. This regulated length course has a driving range that can accommodate up to 15 tees. Over the bluff, you can clearly see the very beautiful Crystal Lake surrounded by getaway cabins and homes.
You can play the holes located at the northern part of or near the clubhouse uphill and downwind. On the other hand, you can play holes located at the southern part of or away from the clubhouse downhill right against the wind.
The front-9 features a course routing, passing through the area away from the bluff, while the back-9 has the 10th hole moving toward the ridge. Watch out for the sharp ridge found at the clubhouse’s right side that divides the holes through a wooded plateau along the top of the bluff.
Crystal Downs proves to be a really demanding golf course to walk, that is why many pros advice not walking the course. After playing the 11th hole, you will literally hike through the woods (the walk is idyllic and uphill), taking you much time to get to the next tee box.