Crystal Downs Country Club, Michigan

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Crystal Downs Country Club, Michigan
Country club
Census-designated place
9th Green at Crystal Downs
9th Green at Crystal Downs
Crystal Downs Country Club is located in Michigan
Crystal Downs Country Club
Crystal Downs Country Club
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°44′12″N 86°14′3″W / 44.73667°N 86.23417°W / 44.73667; -86.23417Coordinates: 44°44′12″N 86°14′3″W / 44.73667°N 86.23417°W / 44.73667; -86.23417
Country United States
State Michigan
County Benzie
Township Lake
Area
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 738 ft (225 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 47
 • Density 38/sq mi (14.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-19135[1]
GNIS feature ID 1877506[2]

Crystal Downs Country Club is a private country club and lakefront community in Lake Township, Benzie County, near Frankfort, Michigan, in the United States. Designed by golf course architects Alister MacKenzie and Perry Maxwell in 1929, the par-70, 6,518-yard (5,960 m) course offers views of Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore lies just to its east. The country club and surrounding housing comprise the "Crystal Downs Country Club" census-designated place (CDP) for federal statistical purposes. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 47.[3]

Despite being consistently ranked among the top courses in the United States (ranked 10th for 2007–08 by Golf Digest)[4] the only tournament of note it has hosted has been the 1991 U.S. Senior Amateur, due to its location far from population centers and the corresponding lack of sufficient facilities (lodging, transportation, infrastructure) needed to accommodate the crowds attracted by major tournament events. Crystal Downs is currently ranked the #19 course in the world according to Golf.com.

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