Crooked Stick Golf Club

Originally Published: September 23, 2004
Golf Digest

Crooked Stick
Hole No. 9: 445 yards, par 4.

Golf Digest's Best Places to Play rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Need To Know
Crooked Stick Golf Club
1964 Burning Tree Lane
Carmel, Indiana 46032

Ponds such as this one on the 18th hole provided Crooked Stick with a watery challenge for contestants in the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1993 U.S. Women's Open. During the 1991 PGA, John Daly shot to instant stardom when a strange chain of events let the ninth alternate in the field. Daly took full advantage by winning the event by three strokes over Bruce Lietzke.

Two years later, veteran Lauri Merten was playing in her first U.S. Women's Open in six years when she won the 1993 championship here. Merten chipped in for birdie to tie for the lead on 16 and then sank a clutch six-foot birdie putt on 18 for the winning margin.