The 11th hole at Crystal Springs Golf Club is arguably the most scenic at the Crystal Springs Golf Resort.
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4.3
189 Reviews (189)
5 Stars
83
4 Stars
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3 Stars
28
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.5
82.9%
Recommend this course
159 out of 189 reviews
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4.6
7 Reviews (7)
5 Stars
4
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.4
100.0%
Recommend this course
7 out of 7 reviews
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4.4
17 Reviews (17)
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.6
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
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4.5
88.2%
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15 out of 17 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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Restaurant, Beverage Carts

Lodging

Lodging Available

Available Facilities

Showers, Lockers

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in New Jersey (2015 #8)

Reviews

4.3
189 Reviews (189)

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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Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 4
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Extremely Tough

Beautiful course, great condition. The only reason for only 4 stars was the toughness of the course. Shot asking was a necessity on this course, as there are many pitfalls along the way. The mounding also made it difficult due to a wayward drive that finds the outside slope of the mounds will be lost. The scenery was beautiful, and the staff is awesome...extremely friendly and helpful. The beverage cart was also out all day!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Hard But Fun

Hard course.. bring your A game.. but tons of fun and in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good shape. Punishes you when you miss a Fairway

Too many uneven lies. Miss the fairway/green, even by a little, & the course punishes you. Some Fairways are cut so tight it takes an absolute perfect shot to not be in the rough.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great condition

November. 53 degrees out. Course in great shape . Enough said!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

READ THE FINE PRINT

If you book this course through Golfnow don't forget to read the fine print. That's the hidden print you will not see (unless you click on the little "i") which tells you there is an extra $3.00 charge booking through Golfjnow. And, the $3.00 will not appear in your Golfnow reservation email. Now, if you go over to "tee off dot com" they clearly show and tell you about the funky "$3.00 Resort Fee". What do you get for the $3.00? No clue. Parking is terrible, can never find a seat at the bar. The food at the restaurant is overpriced rubbish.

Been playing this course for 30 years. I love the challenge. However, be prepared because there are not enough rest areas if you have to use a bathroom. Chances are you won't' need too because the beverage cart seldom comes around. And, if the cart does come around its will surprise you, literally, just as you are ready to swing on the T box or sink a putt.
The staff driving around seldom has etiquette.

And, if you are playing this week, the greens were drilled and sanded.

Yeah, they 'teed me" off this week. lol.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
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
Reviews 13
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
Reviews 3
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
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Reviews 5
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
Reviews 5
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
Reviews 2
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
Reviews 3
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
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
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
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