"Each of us, we agreed, was interested primarily because we wanted to play an outstanding golf course with our friends without waiting and without delay. Pete Dye's design of the course was part of the concept too… a course to be enjoyed for the challenge and the companionship which only golf offers."
–Gene Pulliam, December 1969
Crooked Stick Golf Club began with a set of principles devised by a small core of early members, each offering vision and guidance as to how this club would operate and thrive. These members: Eugene Pulliam, Robert Sweeny, Jr., William Wick, J.I. Cummings, and Paul "Pete" Dye; prepared and shared these concepts at a dinner at the Indianapolis Athletic Club for prospective members in December of 1964. From this point, the 60 people in this dinner meeting, set forth a project that would lead to what we now know worldwide as the Crooked Stick Golf Club.
These principles were described to be "followed as closely as possible in the design and construction of the golf course":
Crooked Stick should continue its rich tradition of a limited membership golf club, where the members share the same core values of a world-class golf club with a first-class but modest facility; that our golf course and our playing conditions are our highest priority and that promoting fellowship among our members, contributing to the game of Golf and being responsible members of the community represent the character of the Club
The Golf Course
The Club will strive to provide firm and fast, “near tournament playing conditions” on a day-to-day basis. Respectful of the Club’s heritage, inspired in part by golfing experiences of course creators Pete and Alice Dye and their travels in Scotland, the Club favors a “firm and fast” turf maintenance philosophy rather than “lush and wet.” Members expect that areas in play will be well-groomed while out-of-play areas will be maintained in a manner to enhance the players’ overall enjoyment and aesthetic experience. It is acceptable for such grooming to be dictated by current styles and preferences.
The Club will continue to screen the golf course from adjacent properties; The boundaries will have a natural rather than a manicured look and remain a combination of deciduous trees, evergreens, shrubbery, heather, and long grass. To the extent allowed for a permissible use, access paths from adjacent properties should be cut on an angle slanted toward the green to ensure maximum screening is retained. Exceptions: There are areas where elevations and border depth limit our ability to screen., where turf health issues limit our ability to screen, and where lack of screening improves the course’s shot values and is consistent with the architectural integrity
of the course.
The Club will strive to maintain the original feel, flow and routing as conceived and built by Pete and Alice Dye. The Club acknowledges that a number of aesthetic and strategic improvements (bunkers, patron viewing areas, water hazards, additional tees, etc.) have been made over the years to enhance the course from a play and spectating perspective and further realizes that other similar improvements will need to be made from time to time in the future. It is expected that any such future course alterations will be done in a style consistent with the golf course design philosophies of Pete Dye.
It is the desire of the Club to be considered one of the nation’s finest private golf clubs and to achieve and consistently maintain a high rating from respected national golf publications.
The Golf Experience
No starting times
The Club will be run as a golf-only, limited-membership golf club. As such, the course will, in the course of normal operations, be open and available for Member play without the need for tee time reservations. The Club shall be operated in a manner that gives the highest priority to golf course access for Members, their families, and their guests.
Ability to find a game
Crooked Stick is a golf course, but more importantly, it is a club, a community of Members brought together from many backgrounds and experiences to share their common passion for the game of Golf. Members are expected to welcome the opportunity to play and compete with fellow members and their guests and to strive to welcome and include fellow members seeking a game.
Pace of Play
“Waiting between shots shall be unheard of…” These words, written in 1962 by British golf author and journalist Pat Ward-Thomas, rang true to founding member Eugene Pulliam who, in turn, shared it with Members in the club‘s early days. Over time, this came to be adopted as the Club’s unofficial motto. Consistent with our foundational heritage, Members will be expected to complete rounds in four (4) hours or less and will be responsible for ensuring the same pace of play by their family members and guests.
Respect for the game
First and foremost, Crooked Stick is a golf club. As such, all Members, their family members, and guests are expected to understand, observe, and honor the game’s rules, customs, courtesies, and traditions. This includes knowing and observing the Rules of Golf, the Club’s Conduct and Dress Policies and acting like ladies and gentlemen at all times.
Into the future, Crooked Stick Golf Club will endeavor to preserve and live through these principles. What was prescribed here is living through every Pete Dye golf course design, but these principles took hold with and through Crooked Stick first.
our commitment to the growth of golf
Junior Development Program
2012 sees the establishment of a Junior Development program at Crooked Stick. The program makes course play and practice, along with instruction and mentoring from the club's professional staff available to high school boy and girl golfers in central Indiana who show promise but don't have financial means to fully develop their skill. Its objective is to help these young players earn golf scholarships at the collegiate level.
Tour Hopeful Program
In 2010 The club also introduces a “Tour Hopeful Program” to help premier players at the national level earn playing privileges on the PGA and LPGA tours. The program provides club access to selected golfers who have reached the highest level of achievement at the amateur and collegiate levels. Players hone their game at Crooked Stick and compete across the nation in events on player development tours, the PGA and LPGA tours. They list Crooked Stick as their home club and carry the club’s logo into battle on their golf bags and apparel. The program quickly produces results as Patrick Nagle earns the first tournament win for a Crooked Stick Tour Hopeful. In August, he captures the NGA Hooters Tour ComSouth Classic. It marks the first professional win for Nagle, the 2003 California Amateur champ at Pebble Beach.
WGA Chick Evans Scholars
Crooked Stick Golf Club is a proud partner in the support and sustainability of the Evans Scholars Program. The Evans Scholars Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Glenview, Illinois that provides full tuition and housing college scholarships to golf caddies. Operated by the Western Golf Association, the Evans Scholars Foundation has helped more than 11,050 caddies graduate from college since its creation in 1930.
To qualify for an Evans Scholarship, a caddie must meet four key requirements. Candidates must have at least two years of outstanding caddying service. Candidates must have an excellent high school academic record, including high standardized test scores. Candidates must demonstrate significant financial need. Candidates must also receive letters of recommendation from the club and high school officials attesting to the applicant's character. Candidates are personally interviewed at one of a series of Selection Meetings, co-hosted by the Western Golf Association and its affiliated country clubs.
Funding for the scholarships provided by the Evans Scholars Foundation comes from a variety of sources, including private donations, fundraising events, and professional and amateur golf tournaments held across the country each year.
The Foundation is the benefiting charity of the BMW Championship (PGA Tour) and has received more than $35 million from the tournament since BMW became its title sponsor in 2007. In addition to those proceeds, BMW has also agreed to give the program $100,000 if a player gets a hole-in-one during championship play as Steve Stricker did in 2012 at Crooked Stick Golf Club.
The Foundation was founded with money earned and donated by famed amateur golfer Charles "Chick" Evans.
Crooked Stick Scholarship
Scholarship for Indiana residents who are undergraduate students enrolled at a postsecondary institution. Students must demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, interest, and involvement in golf, have a strong work ethic and dedication. Preference is given to current or former employees of the Crooked Stick Golf Club. The number of awards and award amounts may vary. Contact the Crooked Stick Golf Club or the Foundation for more information and/or application.
Crooked Stick Caddie Program
“The Caddie is the lifeblood of the game of golf… a great companion, a friendly conversationalist, and a smiling face. This is what the game of golf is all about.”
–Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr (Founder of Evan's Scholarship)
The game of golf is rich with history and tradition, and the Members of Crooked Stick Club believe caddies are an integral part of the great game of golf. Pete and Alice Dye designed the Crooked Stick with the walking golfer in mind, and the caddie program has thrived since the course opening in 1964.
The complete support of the Membership is vital to the success of any Caddie Program, and Crooked Stick Golf Club Members have fully embraced theirs, with hundreds of rounds played in season accompanied by a walking caddie. The Caddie Program serves to enhance the golf experience of Members and their guests, while at the same time helping reduce the amount of cart traffic on the course, thereby preserving the exceptional playing conditions.
For more information please contact: Chip Loeffler, Caddie Master at 317.844.9928