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4.3
176 Reviews (176)
5 Stars
76
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.7
83.2%
Recommend this course
148 out of 176 reviews
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4.4
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
3
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0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
91.7%
Recommend this course
11 out of 12 reviews
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4.4
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
3
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
91.7%
Recommend this course
11 out of 12 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private/Resort
Par 72
Length 6816 yards
Slope 139
Rating 73.5

Crystal Springs Golf Club in Hamburg touts a reputation of being not only the most challenging golf course in New Jersey, but also one of the most challenging layouts east of the Mississippi. The site filled with water after its use as a limestone quarry in 1929, which formed the natural springs on the 10th hole that the course is named after. The layout is definitely a shot-maker's course. Carefully sculpted mounding that frames the fairways and greens defines each hole. There is also tall and gnarly rough treacherously guarding the tight fairways. The golf course sits just a few miles from New Jersey's highest point, sprawling across an undulating terrain that makes it difficult to find an even lie. One of the most notably difficult, and subsequently the most talked about, holes is the 11th. The hole is perched atop a cliff overlooking the Windsor Quarry.

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Course Details

Year Built 1992
Fairways Bentgrass
Greens Bentgrass
Golf Season Open: 3/15 Closed: 12/12
Architect Robert von Hagge (1992)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Reviews

4.3
176 Reviews (176)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 22
Dinner 15
19th Hole Scenic Views 10
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 37
Bunkers 36
Undulating Greens 35
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 32
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 27
A Weekend Splurge 18
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 35
Worth the Drive 34
In the 'Burbs 12

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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course but not better than wild turkey

We started at 8:10 this morning and was done at 12:30 which was fantastic. We started on hole 10 which made us fly by.

The one issue was the course didn’t have directions from the 10th hole tee box back to the club house. Once we finished hole 9 which was our 18th today, we found it hard and confusing to get back to the club house. We easily wasted 10 mins driving around the course for no reason. Please address this issue.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

If your not a accurate golfer don't bother small tight fairways pin location was very tough beatifiul maintained course. Lots of moguls on every hole

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Reintroduction

I hadn't played Crystal springs in 15 + years. The routing is totally changed and the character altered due to the total lining of the course with housing. It was somewhat disorientating at times, to be honest. What hasn't changed is the challenge poised by the course. It is a penal as I remember it, even for what appeared to be a well played shot. Being a resort course you expect a little slower play by it took almost 6 hours to get around. The ranger was no help pushing the band of hacks in front of us reducing the enjoyment not only for our group but for every foursome behind us.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value

Not an easy course by any means but it's in great shape and you can't beat the value. Not overly long but you have to hit your targets. Greens are very true. Nice layout, will definitely be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tight Tight Tight

One of the narrowest courses I’ve ever played but an enjoyable challenge. The greens at little over protected with sand. Really enjoyed the scenery. The par 3’s are great. Course was in good shape. Biggest complaint was the pace I was by myself and still took 31/2hours .was not busy but with no ranger people don’t feel the need to let you play thru or move at a decent pace.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Spring Training 2019

A nice day, the course a good challenge, conditions were fine considering it is March. The pace of play, slower. 4.75 hours for 18.
Staff was excellent from registration, to setting up our cart, on course staff and then assisting at the end of the round, friendly, professional and helpful.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Must play

Everyone is afraid of playing this course because they think it’ll be too hard. Yeah you might lose 2-3 balls but it is a lot of fun to play and it’s very well kept.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Draconian

Way too difficult for average golfer. Many greens and fairways bordering on unfair. Very little bailouts what seems like a perfect shot ends up in hazards or worse-lost. Not for a casual resort player.

Conditions Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Wet Hot and Humid Challenge

I've played here quite a few times. It is a target type course. Most holes are narrow with little margin for error in drives. Course layout is interesting. Quite a few blind shot holes where the pin is not visible until you're within 150yds. It was a wet and humid day and lost quite a few balls. Tough and challenging course but in very good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Difficut course for the average golfer

I play this course only 1-2 times a year. You hardly ever have a flat lie, 5hr rounds on the weekend. Staff is friendly It is an unusual layout I seldom lose a ball on a course, I usually lose 3 or4 and I am a very consistent golfer who plays a 100 rounds of golf a year and have a 9 handicap

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Ok

Extremely tough layouts. Course was wet and greens were slow. Not sure worth driving 1.5-2 hr from most of the places to play

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent course

Most valuable course I ever played..
Beautiful layouts, excellent conditions
Very challengeable

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course is great / scheduling not so much

Had two groups of four schedule via golfnow with back to back tee times. Earlier group got bumped because of 'scheduling issues' -- 2 days after the tee time was booked!! We kept the 2nd tee time and found the group in front of us were playing a 'membership tournament'. We didn't tee off until 8am (supposed to go off at 7:30) and we finished at 1pm. Twice the group in front of us couldn't find their tee shots, after a good ten minutes looking for it, that they came back to the tee box (the black), and tee'd off again. I like playing this course very much but golfnow scheduling lately has been very poor. This is the third time in two months that I've had an issue with booking a time at the same time someone else does and get bumped.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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