CROSSLAKE -- Like the Crosslake area, Crosswoods Golf Course hasn't sat back and let time pass it by.
On June 22 Crosswoods officially opened its new full-length, par 35 back nine to complement its front nine that opened in 1997.
The facelift is nothing new to Crosswoods.
In 1967, Jack Stone came to Crosslake to provide families something fun to do. He first built a miniature golf course. After the initial success, Stone slowly added a driving range and bumper cars and a moonwalk to the mini-amusement park.
Then 17 years ago, a par-29 executive course was built. Five years ago the par-36 front nine was opened to cater to the golf families that vacationed in the area.
"When we finished the front nine we built a couple of holes to the existing executive nine and tried it out and the feedback we got from our customers was that they wanted a course that matched the front nine," said Mike Stone, director of golf at Crosswoods. "But we still had a certain population that wanted the executive nine or a little shorter course.
"What we did was we put five sets of tees on the back nine so it would play anywhere between 1,700 yards from the forward set of tees to 3,000 yards from the back set."
The only hole that remains the same is the par 4, 10th hole. Stone and Mark Mitchell of Golf Design Associates worked out a completely new layout on the 80-acre plot to indulge every golfer.
Now people who want to play a full 18 can and those that want to play a shorter course will also find Crosswoods convenient.
"It took a little bit of extra thought when we laid the course out," said Stone about providing a course for two different types of golfers. "We made sure that we had short distances from the green to the next tee box. We laid the tees out, so when you finished a hole you wouldn't have to walk halfway down the fairway to get to that forward tee box."
The main feature of the back nine is a four-acre pond that comes into play on five greens, including the 155-yard, par-3, 17th hole where players must hit over the pond to the green.
Mitchell, who's done work with Whitefish Golf Course and Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, also added larger greens then the front nine and a 20,000 square foot waste bunker around the 14th green. The new features offer a contrast from the front nine.
After three years of planing, construction began last August. Now with the new nine, Crosswoods becomes a 6,082 yard, par 71 course from the back tees.
One thing that hasn't changed is Crosswoods' philosophy of providing family fun at an inexpensive price.
The green fees run $22 on the weekdays and $24 on the weekends for 18 holes.
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