Crystal Downs Country Club

249 E Crystal Downs Dr,

Frankfort, Michigan 49635

  • Office

    +1 (231) 352 9933
  • Pro shop

    +1 (231) 352 7979
  • Fax

    +1 (231) 352 5095
  • Golf pro

    Matthew Smith (PGA Golf Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Inland, links-style. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland. Course is close to the shoreline of Lake Michigan, but without direct lakeside holes.

  • Designer:

    Dr. Alister MacKenzie in collaboration with Perry Maxwell.

SSS or slope






How to get there:

4.5 mi N of Frankfort / 43 mi SW of Traverse City.

Crystal Downs Country Club

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.

Est. 1927

Crystal Downs Country Club is home to a championship golf course that ranks with the world's best. Here you will find one of the USA's most admired courses, laid out on rolling hills, some wooded, others more open and links-like. As the reputation of designer Dr Alister MacKenzie grew in the United States, so it seems did the regard for his courses. Crystal Downs is no exception.

Superb strategic bunkering, large severly sloping greens, thick rough beyond the good-width fairways, and a natural setting, all contribute to the immense appeal of a round here. From the 1st tee the whole of the front-nine is laid out before you. There's also occasional views out onto Lake Michigan and down to nearby Crystal Lake.

Pick of the holes: the par-4 5th, which plays across a bunkered ridge, and par-5 8th, one of MacKenzie's best, are frequently described as two of the world's greatest golf holes.

Limited access: this private course is generally playable only by members and their invited guests.

List of courses: Michigan (Lower Peninsula)


Who can play and when?

Private club; visitors/guests may only play if hosted by a member.

Green fees

Outside visitor fee not applicable; private course for members and their guests.

Other information

Walking permitted.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Why the name Crystal Downs? Apparently when MacKenzie first saw the terrain upon which the course would be built, he said that in England they would call this type of land "downland" or "the downs". Since the course overlooked Crystal Lake, the course was named Crystal Downs.

Published ranking

Michigan's No.1 course (Golf Digest, 2023/24).
USA's 14th best course (Golf Digest, 2023).
World's 34th best course (GOLF Magazine, 2023/24).

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