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Crystal Lake Golf Club

8493 Fairway Rd, Beulah, Michigan, 49617
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
231-882-4061
Architect: Bruce Matthews (25)
                       Jerry Matthews (52)
                      
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About Crystal Lake Golf Club

Crystal Lake Golf Club is a Public, 18 hole golf course perched on the ridges east of the Village of Beulah on U.S. 31 in northwestern lower Michigan

Crystal Lake Golf Club first opened for play in 1970. The course was designed by Bruce Matthews. The course was expanded from nine to eighteen holes in 1988. The new nine was designed by Jerry Matthews.

This course overlooks one of the most spectacular lakes in the state, the blue/green hues of Crystal Lake. The greens are large, and the wide fairways wind through apple orchards. Water hazards come into play on three holes, and there are many sand bunkers spread throughout the course.

Blue Tees: par-72, 6,703, course rating 72.3, slope rating 130

White Tees: par-72, 6,316 yards, course rating 71.2, slope rating 124

Gold Tees: par-72, 5,798 yards, course rating 69.1, slope rating 119

Red Tees: par-72, 5,003 yards, course rating 69.7, slope rating 119

This course has been ranked 3 times
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Jackson, MI

$21 (cart included), played on Thursday, October 2018 at 9:45 AM

What better place to start your Fall color tour in Northern Michigan than on a golf course. The Crystal Lake GC clubhouse starts you out with views on a hill overlooking the course and beautiful Crystal Lake.

Even though the trees are starting to shed their leaves, the course was very clean and caused no real problems. Having four (4) tee boxes from 6,703 to 4,678 yards there's something for every level of golfer. Fairways are very lush and a little shaggy, but it is October and that's normal. Greens were rolling very true (7-8) and the aeration was filled in very nicely. Sand traps were still soft and fluffy with white Lake Michigan sand, love that feeling.

Being one of the first ones out, because of the windy/cooler weather, the $25 for 18/cart in 2.5hrs was very nice.

The Front 9 (3,457yds/Par 36) is fairly open of trees but not for ponds(4) and fairway traps(4) that are well placed in your visual viewing area. Number #3 478yd/Par 5 will be your first to deal with both and stay right on your tee shot. Number 4 is a 447yd/Par 4 Dogleg Left that has sand traps forcing you RH side, take this suggestion unless you carry 250 yards. Your shot to the #4 green has a pond tucked to the green on LH side, miss right to sand trap is much better. The #7 453yd/Par 4 is tough LH dogleg with a sand trap on the inside corner to catch the wannabe "Big Dogs" that can't carry 220 yards.

The Back 9 is where things tighten up on the mostly tree-lined fairways, doglegs(6) and ponds on #10 and #11 causing the only water problems. Number 12 an 418yd sweeping RH dogleg Par 4 has nothing but trouble (sand/trees) on the inside corner so stay left. (#14 is the same) Hole #15 446yd Par 5 is nothing but narrow, so I hit two (2) 4irons, PW and walked off happy with a 2 putt Par. The #18 hole 402 yds Par 4 dogleg is a good uphill finishing hole and leave you with a good feeling on this Matthews 6,703 yd / 72.3 / 130 Par 36/36 layout. In shooting 41/41 w/30putts I learned more about corner placement carries than I can ever remember. Stop in for great views, conditions and of course Golf if you're in this area.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 029325
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Jackson, MI

$21 (cart included), played on Thursday, October 2018 at 9:45 AM

What better place to start your Fall color tour in Northern Michigan than on a golf course. The Crystal Lake GC clubhouse starts you out with views on a hill overlooking the course and beautiful Crystal Lake.

Even though the trees are starting to shed their leaves, the course was very clean and caused no real problems. Fairways are very lush and a little shaggy, but it is October and that's normal. Greens were rolling very true (7-8) and the aeration was filled in very nicely. Sand traps were still soft and fluffy with white Lake Michigan sand, love that feeling.

Being one of the first ones out, because of the windy/cooler weather, the $25 for 18/cart in 2.5hrs was very nice. The Front 9 (3,457yds/Par 36) is fairly open of trees but not for ponds(4) and fairway traps(4) that are well placed in your visual viewing area. Number #3 478yd/Par 5 will be your first to deal with both and stay right on your tee shot. Number 4 is a 447yd/Par 4 Dogleg Left that has sand traps forcing you RH side, take this suggestion unless you carry 250 yards. Your shot to the #4 green has a pond tucked to the green on LH side, miss right to sand trap is much better. The #7 453yd/Par 4 is tough LH dogleg with a sand trap on the inside corner to catch the wannabe "Big Dogs" that can't carry 220 yards. The Back 9 is where things tighten up on the mostly tree-lined fairways and ponds on #10 and #11 causing the only water problems. Number 12 is a 418yd sweeping RH dogleg Par 4 has nothing but trouble (sand/trees) on the inside corner so stay left. (#14 is the same) Hole #15 446yd Par 5 is nothing but narrow so I hit two (2) 4irons and a PW and walked off happy

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
Condition of Course, Price, Pace of Play, Staff, Layout, No Houses on Course
None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 029324
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Lake Ann, MI
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$36 (cart included), played on Saturday, June 2017 at

Friendly staff and a great practice range with a green and bunker. The course has been renovated within the last 10 years. Adding fairway bunkers at strategic places, restructuring greens and relocating one green to wrap around a pond gives the golfer more to think about when it comes to club selection. There are some low spots on the course that when they get significant rainfall, it makes some areas unplayable if you do not stay on the fairways. The course is consistently well-maintained and the greens are fast. The clubhouse is perched atop the course, giving some great views from the deck. They do have a beer and wine license with good pricing. As of June 2017, they do not have a food menu other than some brats, hot dogs, and cold sub sandwiches. That could change as they do have a kitchen. A unique feature is their season-long Dollar Days which are on Mondays and Thursdays. Pricing is $15 for 9 w/ cart, and $25 for 18 w/ cart.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 028804
4.0/5
Based on 3 reviews
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