Inside the course: Crooked Stick Golf Club

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The TOUR moves to the Indianapolis area for the third week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup -- the BMW Championship. Learn more about this week's venue, Crooked Stick Golf Club.

Fast facts
Original architectPete Dye (1964)
Number of TOUR events as host venue2 (including 2012)
Yardage history7,516 (2012)
Par value:72
Course tourClick here
Course record

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Player
Ian Woosnam
John Daly
Jim Gallagher
Kenny Knox
Bob Gilder
Hal Sutton
Fred Couples
Year
1991*
1991
1991
1991
1991
1991
1991
Round
1st
2nd
4th
1st
3rd
2nd
2nd
Finish
T48
WON
3rd
4th
T5
T7
T27
*The 1991 PGA Championship was held at Crooked Stick Golf Club.
Course origins
Crooked Stick was Pete Dye's first great golf course design, built in the mid-1960s on flat Indiana farmland that Dye transformed into a links blend pattered after the designs of Alister Mackenzie, Donald Ross and C.B. MacDonald. The course features wide fairways with fair landing areas and demanding approach shots.
Construction of the frist nine was completed in 1965, with the back nine completed two years later. No consecutive holes are laid out in the same direction and golfers must constantly adjust to wind from a different tack. Long holes are followed by short holes, anhd shots calling for right-to-left flight are followed by shots requiring a left-to-right path. The course is designed to test a player's "poise, courage and intelligence" as well as his or her skill.
As for where the course gets its unique name, the story goes that Dye was walking the course and picked up a crooked, gnarled stick and swung it at some stones. This inspired the name "Crooked Stick." --www.crookedstick.org
Tournament course history
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CourseLocationYears
Bellerive CCSt. Louis, Mo.1953, 2008
Beverly CCChicago, Ill.1910, 1963, 1967, 1970
Blue Mound CCMilwaukee, Wisc.1916
Blythefield CCBelmont, Mich.1961
Brentwood CCBrentwood, Calif.1950
Brookfield CCBuffalo, N.Y.1948
Butler National GCOak Brook, Ill.1974-1990
Calumet CCHomewood, Ill.1924
Canterbury GCBeechwood, Ohio1932,1937
CC of PeoriaPeoria, Ill.1934
Cincinnati GCCincinnati, Ohio1905
Cog Hill G&CC (Dubsdread)Lemont, Ill.1991-2007, 2009
Colonial CCMemphis, Tenn.1923
Crooked Stick GCCarmel, Ind.2012
Davenport CCDavenport, Iowa1936, 1951
Euclid ClubEuclid, Ohio1902
Glen Oak CCGlen Ellyn, Ill.1915
Glen View GCChicago, Ill.1899
Highland G&CCIndianapolis, Ind.1926
Hinsdale GCHinsdale, Ill.1907
Homewood CCHomewood, Ill.1906
Idlewild CCFlossmoor, Ill.1912
Indianwood G&CCLake Orion, Mich.1930
Interlachen CCEdina, Minn.1914
Keller GCSt. Paul, Minn.1949
Kent CCGrand Rapids, Mich.1904, 1911
Kenwood CCCincinnati, Ohio1954
Mayfield CCCleveland, Ohio1919
Medinah CCMedinah, Ill.1939, 1962, 1966
Memphis CCMemphis, Tenn.1913
Miami Valley GCDayton, Ohio1931
Midlothian CCMidlothian, Ill.1901, 1969, 1973
Milwaukee CCMilwaukee, Wisc.1903
Normandie GCSt. Louis, Mo.1908
North Shore GCChicago, Ill.1928
Oakland Hills CCBirmingham, Mich.1922
Oakwood ClubCleveland Heights, Ohio1921
Olympia Fields CCOlympia Fields, Ill.1920, 1927, 1933, 1968, 1971
Ozaukee CCMequon, Wisc.1929
Phoenix GCPhoenix, Ariz.1941, 1942
Pittsburgh Field ClubAspinwall, Pa.1959
Plum Hollow GCSouthfield, Mich.1957
Portland GCPortland, Ore.1955
Presidio CCSan Francisco, Calif.1956
Red Run GCRoyal Oak, Mich.1958
River Oaks CCHouston, Texas1940
Salt Lake City CCSalt Lake City, Utah1947
Skokie CCGlencoe, Ill.1909
South Bend CCSouth Bend, Ind.1935
Sunset CCSt. Louis, Mo.1946
Sunset RidgeWinnetka, Ill.1972
Tam OShanter CCNiles, Ill.1964, 1965
Western G&CCRedford, Mich.1960
Westmoreland CCWilmette, Ill.1917
Westwood CCSt. Louis, Mo.1938, 1952
Youngstown CCYoungstown, Ohio1925
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