Crystal Springs Golf Course

3.4040000000 3.4 stars from 5 (198)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6628 yards
  • Slope: 127
  • Rating: 72.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6628 yards 72.2 127
White 71 6212 yards 70.3 125
Red (W) 71 5580 yards 72.3 126
Gold 71 5457 yards 67.1 118

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 198 Reviews
5 stars:
22
4 stars:
90
3 stars:
51
2 stars:
16
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

146 out of 194 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals advanced golfers   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers narrow fairways   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Needed a Reminder of Why I Don't Play Here"


Milton1836292's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2017
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

Crystal Springs is the easiest course for me to get to, but I always seem to forget why I don't play it that often. I got that reminder while waiting on the first tee. We were third up and the group that was teeing off before us was a five-some. Knowing that we weren't going anywhere, we waited until they all got on the green which took about 10 minutes after all of them had already hit their second shots. Our group of 4, teed off and we still had to wait another 5 minutes for them to clear the green. This was after my snap hook from the first tee, looking for my ball and chipping it back out to the fairway while laying 3. It was pretty much this way for our entire round. We got to #15 in 5 hours and just called it a day after finishing #16.

The course is nice enough. The greens are fast. The layout is good with a few odd looking holes, but this is a nice course overall. Nothing extraordinary, but nice. It was also 85 to 90 degrees by the time we got to the 5th hole so a drink cart would have been a welcome site, which we didn't see until after playing #13. At the turn, they usually have a trailer with refreshments, but that was closed when we got there. They do have water stations with cups on certain holes, which helped. So if you plan to play this course on a hot day, be sure to bring a small cooler with enough hydration to last you the day just in case.

They seem to pack this course in which takes away from the experience and for $79.00, its not the cheapest around. But if you don't want to play 5 to 6 hour rounds, this may not be the best course for you to play on a weekend.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Up and down"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The day didn't start out well when my playing partner backed out, due to a bad back. Thus, I got stuck with both green fees ($58 total including booking fee) because it was a Hot Deal on GolfNow.com. Then our threesome was stuck behind three women and a guy, none who had any business on this course, which is not for beginners. The front nine is hilly and somewhat tight with plenty of slopes on the fairways and greens. The back nine is flatter, but has one uphill par 4 followed by a downhill par 3. These two holes backed up quickly and golfers had to sit around. Bottom line, the course can be nice (when it's not too windy) if you get a decent price. I wouldn't pay $50 to play here (I can pay that at Poppy Hills). There needs to be more time between the tee times.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Green is a little bit slow.

You are like playing golf in the zoo. Deers are all around the course. Have fun!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000003638247's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun course and friendly staff"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course, good variety of holes and a very welcoming staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course...if you have the time"


slim04's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

While I love playing Crystal Springs it is unbelievably slow. The front nine is very challenging as the player is faced with sloped fairways and undulation that places an emphasis on making quality shots, and the picturesque views from the 5th green/6th tee are amazing. The back nine gives the player a chance to catch their breath and hopefully make up a couple of shots on their round. The course warns of "slow play" and encourages players to play "ready golf", but the underlying cause is the ownership group cramming too many players on the course at the same time. Tee times 7 to 8 minutes apart do not allow players to complete a round in an acceptable amount of time. We teed off approximately 10 minutes late (8:40am instead of 8:30am) and the round took approximately 5 hours with group waiting on nearly every tee box. The staff has acknowledged the problem, but have stated the tee times are out of their control. The ownership group needs to take accountability for this.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/02/2017

Your comments would best be directed to Courseco. They manage CS and other bay area and CA courses. Maybe if they hear it enough..

https://www.courseco.com/contact


"Overbooked"


GN2017's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a nice day, good conditions... So they desired to overbooked the day.... The pace was rediculous we got 15 holes in ,6 hours... Not fair for the players and not good business.... Many people quit after waiting between 25 to 30 mins wait.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Overbooked."


Rip1209739's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had an 11:30 tee time. I know, it's Sunday and it's going to be busy. But not like this. It's a public course and the 5 foursomes in front of me were all over the place, on a par 3 it took them 5 to get to the green.

I quite after 9 holes since it took 3.5 hours to play that.

Just not the course for me.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



u000003193034's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"7 hour round?!?"


u555411552's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play was horrible! Got through 9 holes in 3.5 hours and there was no end in sight, it just kept getting worse and worse. There were 4 groups on one hole at one point. I picked up my ball and left on the 12th hole. I had to demand my money back talking to 3 people, they eventually gave me half it back. Won't be going back here again. I felt bad for the people teeing off at 1pm,knowing they wouldn't be home in time for dinner.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Good vista, poor drainage"


fireflygolfer's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course condition is poor due to recent heavy rain and poor drainage.

Between the dandelion and the sogginess of the rough, it is very difficult if not impossible to find your ball if it is not in the fairway, which was also soggy in many areas. Adding insult to injury it was cart path only for the whole course and some of the greens were sanded recently. When the condition is dry this course can be fun to play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Excellent Views"


894613's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Crystal Springs Golf Course is easy to access right off highway 280. I have played it 3 times and have had great experiences every time. It features amazing views over the valley holding Crystal Springs Resovoir (especially the tee off point on hole 6). It is a fairly challenging 18 holes with plenty of opportunities to practice your driver and wood club shots. You may lose a fair amount of balls off-course into deep rough or wooded areas, so bring plenty.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Course conditions poor after rain"


howardsaccount's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Swampy, muddy, long grass. Hitting balls on the fairway would inspire search parties due to balls getting plugged in mud or dropping into pools of water.

No Thanks for charging full price.

Much better during long stretches of no rain, but then pace of play becomes an issue with many golfers.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course


"Fairway mud pits"


uTXSJ7621TX's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I like this couse but when it's dry. they should close it down because it is a complete sloppy swap due to all the rains.every ball I hit plug 3 inches deep could never find the ball. I'll be back in July definitely won't play before then


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/25/2017

I'm just wondering. Did the pro shop say anything to you about the playability before you ventured out? They should if it's that bad.


"Unplayable Conditions"


golfnski1's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played Crystal Springs for 25 years. I have never seen the course so wet and unplayable as yesterday. I figured 5 days after the last rain we have had that the course would be ok, especially on the clearest, warmest sunny day we have had i weeks. But we got no farther than the first fairway, where we lost 2 of three drives, all hit in the fairway, that the course was a total quagmire. The only thing we were told in the pro shop was that it was cart path only...no kidding Sherlock. After cutting back to Pinnicales and other balls we did not care about, and losing a total of 8 balls between the 3 of us, we quit after 9 holes. The pro shop, to their credit did give us a rain check for 9 holes. But it would have been nice if they had been more forthright ahead of time. Now I`m probably not going to play there for at least until summer.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/15/2017

Too bad you weren't better informed by CS. Keep in mind this area has received no less than 22 inches of rain since October and unfortunately CS being an older track, drainage is not what most of us would like. Glad you got a rain check for a partial round.


"Great Layout, Terrible Conditions"


sdgolfer5235's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our foursome had a good time at Crystal Springs. Good layout, awesome views. However the course was not in playable conditions and I don't think they should have been open to the public. Our group lost 11 balls in the fairways because they were so wet and muddy that any hole with a soggy fairway would just eat up your ball off the tee. One par 5 was so wet and soggy we lost 4 balls between to players. Off the tee in the middle of the fairway and after we drop one on our approach. How can you expect someone to play golf and get penalized for hitting the middle of the fairway only because there play plugged. Bad bad course conditions. Greens hadn't been cut in days.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Pace of play"


numberoneinlv's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has the worst pace of play in the bay area. We teed off 45 minutes late even though the staff told us they were only 10 minutes behind. As compensation we were told they would only charge us the twilight rate, well that never went through. Another let down from crystal springs. My last time paying for this place.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"soggy and sloooowwwww"


jvjones's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really didn't appreciate paying 80 bucks for a muni with saturated fairways and excruciating slow play. We had to leave after 11 holes. 4hrs into the round. (we made the turn in 3.2hrs.) Brutal. It's sad when you might miss an appt that started 6.5 hrs after the tee time. Thanks for taking my money, I will not be coming back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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