Crystal Springs Golf Club

4.0059000000 4.0 stars from 5 (152)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6816 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 73.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6816 yards 73.5 139
Blue 72 6395 yards 71.4 132
White 72 5862 yards 69.1 123
White (W) 72 5862 yards 75.0 130
Red (W) 72 5073 yards 70.1 126

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 152 Reviews
5 stars:
66
4 stars:
59
3 stars:
21
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

129 out of 150 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks dinner 19th hole scenic views  

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u543223297's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
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




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ungelation"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has up shots and down hill shots and that's in the fairway. But the elevation changes are awesome to. If ur a shot maker just will enjoy.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u064053490's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Over the top ranger"


gman9012's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course ... front desk staff were super friendly and accommodating... however the ranger was super over the top on going purely off the sheet of paper time range as to where you should be at what time and what hole ... not taking into account that the group behind us were a group of ladies teeing it up from the ladies tees so they are always going to be up on his at any point especially on the par 3s. Love the course but the rangers need to evaluate the realtime pace of play and less on what a sheet is telling them. Took us about 4hrs and 20mins.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"There's a difference between challenging and unfair"


u000005048522's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
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Reviewed on

I've played all the courses at crystal springs resort. Unless you're playing ballyowen you're really not getting anything too special. Back to Crystal; the course has tight winding fairways. This is fine except mounds and patches of rough randomly protrude out. Good shot, especially off the tee, can be penalized unjustly. There's barely any grass on the fairways, so wet conditions turn into a mud ball fiesta. The greens are well kept but can get slow and sometimes inconsistent. The thing that bothers me most is the teeboxes. I've played the white and the blue tees and consistently had an awkward lopsided stance with the ball well above my feet..and I'm not being picky I'm talking about the entire box. The traps flood easily so playing there after a previous night downpour is a mistake. Lastly, if you play on a weekend you're garunteed a steady slow round. The 10 minute ride between holes is actually a blessing in disguise or else you'd more easily realize you're waiting 15 minutes on most boxes.

It still has the scenic par 3s, and the allure of being the most challenging public course in NJ. If you're a glutton for punishment, a skilled player, and playing on a sunny weekday than Crystal is an option. Really one of those 'play it to say you played it' courses. Cough up the extra $30 and go over to Ballyowen..you won't be dissapointed.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course



u543223297's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



gogolf918's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fantastic"


u352004450's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the best courses in New Jersey, easily. This course is a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a challenge.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"You better be a good golfer"


loudemarino17's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2017
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Reviewed on

The course layout is not for an average golfer. There are mobile's and narrow fairways and some carries that a lot of golfers will not like. This is a resort course and a lot of players are not good and slow down the pace of play and not have a clue what they are doing. I do not recommend this course for that reason unless you wanted to fight a six hour round I get frustrated !


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Very tough course"


vic2340's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you like narrow fairways, lots of houses, and crazy terrain then this is the course for you. It is wonderfully maintained yet very tough to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Highly Disappointed"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2017

Reviewed on

I haven't played here in a few years and figured I would give it another chance. When I arrived in the clubhouse I explained a unique situation I had to the kid behind the counter, he basically blew me off and had no interest in providing good customer service (around 3:00pm on 6/15). Acted like he was doing me a favor checking me in? The over priced track was in fair condition. Very little grass on the fairways, tee boxes were bare in a lot of spots. Bunkers were horrible, like cement. Greens were good and the Rangers were very polite and friendly. Yesterday was the last time I'll drive that far to be annoyed and disappointed. Certainly not worth the money or time! Go elsewhere imo


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Good shape, horrible design"


chaggerty25's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This course is probably the least fun golf course I've ever played. It's incredibly narrow with houses lining most holes. Some holes we didn't know where the fairway was or where the hole was going. There were giant boulders literally 5 feet off the green so any slightly errant shot could hit one and kick it 50 yards away. It's a truly horrible layout. The conditions were decent as the greens were smooth albeit slow. I proudly say I'll never play this course again...once was one time too many.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course"


Esq61's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

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

Reviewed on

The course is in great shape and the layout is fantastic. Worth the hour drive to play there.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"What A Steal"


bigdrivesandbirdies's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Really..... 20 bucks..with a cart.. Hot DEALS.... ii was told this couse needed a little work but that comment was off base.. this course had very true greens and clean fairways.. open room for us long hitters...staff was great (i was 20 min late)..


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Strange test of golf at Crystal Springs"


morais24's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2016
First time playing Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

While a tight course running through a housing development in the hills can be found in a lot of places Crystal Springs goes that one further and deploys mounds not just on the side of the fairways but right in the middle of most fairways as well. The result sometimes really penalizes good shots and unfairly rewards some poor shots. While there are some beautiful holes and vistas (namely #11) the overall feel is that you are looking at cheaply constructed town homes for the most part. The conditioning is ok but not spectacular. Grass is cut unevenly in many spots probably due to the effect of all those mounds. Lots of big rocks around greens as well that give it a sort of gimmicky feel. While it didn't feel like play was very slow the round ended up being 5 hours probably due to the 30 minutes of driving to the next tee box.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Resort Golf Near Home"


rangr514's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Awesome Layout. Just be mindful of your ball selection because you can lose many of them. Be prepared for a long round. Crystal stacks tee-times way too close, so you always get backed up. Greens need some work as they seem really slow. Good bit of ground under repair but at least that shows they care. Course price is great value if you can get a reduced rate. Clubhouse bar is a ripoff.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Strait to the point"


u000003077302's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

1. Green were horrible. Furry, slow and recently aerated

2. Fairways very ondulated...Which means that great drives will end up giving you and uneven lie.

3. Staff very friendly.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Good course....bad services and hidden fees"


dslaman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Got there and was told we had to pay an additional $3 for a resort fee...never heard of this. Started play on time and then realized that the greens had been recently aerated the greens and had topped them with sand...Could not get a straight line with our puts...we should have been told by somebody so we could make a decision to play or not..Starter asked for cell phone so he could text a barcode for a free beer in the restaurant. We did not receive a text and no one could tell us how we could get the beer we were promised. When leaving a new Land Rover parked in a handicapped zone . Saw the person get out..No stickers or handicapped plates he looked fine...we complained and were told that it was the owner of the place....I guess that makes it ok...I won't be going back


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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