Crystal Tree Golf and Country Club is located in Orland Park, Illinois and was founded in 1989 featuring an 18-hole, private golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Crystal Tree is a challenging layout that features more elevation changes than just about any golf course in the Chicagoland area.
Crystal Tree – 4th Hole
A highlight of the front nine is the 400-yard, par four fourth hole. The tee shot on the fourth hole should be aimed slightly to the left of three bunkers guarding the right side of the fairway. If the wind is at your back, you may wish to cut the dogleg by attempting to carry the bunkers and catch the downslope for more distance. A lake protects the left side of a gently rolling green, and the right side of the green is protected by multiple sand traps.
Crystal Tree – 7th Hole
The 494-yard, par five 7th hole requires a solid drive over water while avoiding huge trees on the right and a lake on the left. An aggressive tee shot provides the potential to reach the green in two.
A more tactical approach is to play conservatively in the fairway to the left, leaving a short approach into the green or fire between the trees guarding both sides of the green to get home in two and have a chance at eagle. This massive, undulating green is protected by sand in front and large moguls in the back.
Crystal Tree – 15th Hole
One of the most memorable holes on the back nine at Crystal Tree is the 215-yard par three 15th hole, which is played across pond that gets closer to the green from left to right. The putting surface is framed by some of the oldest trees on site and the green is protected by bunkers long and right. There is a layup area short and left of the green, which features multiple tiers.
Crystal Tree was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. who served an apprenticeship to his father in golf course architecture. Robert Trent Jones Jr. courses include the Waikoloa Village Golf Club, The Links at Spanish Bay, Kiahuna Golf Club, Elkhorn Resort Golf Club, Sugarloaf Golf Club and the Princeville Makai Golf Course in Princeville, Hawaii.
Multiple tee locations and pin positions have created golf holes that are enjoyable for the high handicap player as well as a test for the very best players. Each hole harmonizes with its natural surroundings giving the feel and look of an integral part of the natural landscaping.