Ballyowen Golf Club

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4.5
209
5 Stars
128
4 Stars
56
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.0
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.5
88.0%
Recommend this course
186 out of 208 reviews
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Average Rating
4.2
17
5 Stars
12
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.6
Value
3.9
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.4
82.4%
Recommend this course
14 out of 17 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
21
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.6
Value
3.9
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.3
81.0%
Recommend this course
17 out of 21 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7094
Slope 134
Rating 74.1
Type Semi-Private/Resort
Ballyowen Golf Club is an homage to the great Scottish links courses, the place where golf originated. The course sprawls across 250 acres of rolling farmland that overlooks the Walkill River. The layout tumbles through valleys and hills, staying as true as possible to the natural contours of the land. Much like a traditional links golf course, the virtually treeless landscape is accented with craggy knolls. The challenging layout features lush green fairways that contrast beautifully with the pristine white sand bunkers and golden patches of rough that border the greensides. There are also water hazards that come into play on five holes. Ballyowen has earned the title of New Jersey's top public course and Golfweek has even ranked it as one of the top 50 courses in the country.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7094 yards 74.1 134
Gold 72 6508 yards 71.5 130
Blue 72 6066 yards 69.4 125
Blue (W) 72 6066 yards 76.4 137
White 72 5531 yards 66.9 119
White (W) 72 5531 yards 72.1 129
Red (W) 72 4903 yards 68.7 123
Scorecard for Ballyowen Golf Club at Crystal Springs Resort
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.1/134 378 342 567 196 560 203 473 420 423 3562 513 195 350 395 480 212 451 520 416 3532 7094
Gold M: 71.5/130 351 312 546 180 530 174 384 395 393 3265 482 161 328 360 448 167 420 490 387 3243 6508
Blue M: 69.4/125 W: 76.4/137 328 282 505 159 509 159 347 374 364 3027 460 140 315 338 409 143 394 475 365 3039 6066
White M: 66.9/119 W: 72.1/129 293 271 457 150 459 122 321 330 324 2727 446 109 286 321 394 111 374 425 338 2804 5531
Red W: 68.7/123 286 212 423 95 422 107 285 283 282 2395 396 87 247 303 354 99 355 357 310 2508 4903
Handicap 13 11 3 17 5 15 1 7 9 12 18 14 8 4 16 2 10 6
Par 4 4 5 3 5 3 4 4 4 36 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 13 1 17 3 15 5 7 9 12 18 14 6 4 16 2 10 8

Course Details

Year Built 1998
Fairways Bentgrass
Greens Bentgrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Roger Rulewich (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies 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

4.5
209

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 24
19th Hole Scenic Views 21
Dinner 13
Course Challenges Include:
Thick Rough 43
Bunkers 42
Undulating Greens 36
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 42
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 32
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 29
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 47
In the 'Burbs 17
At a Resort 15
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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Waiting on EVERY shot for over 5 hours!!

Rangers totally failed to manage pace of play. We were stuck in golfing purgatory standing around on every shot. Our round required 5 1/4 hours to complete which is 45 minutes longer than the target set by Ballyowen and at least 75 minutes longer than it should take. It's certainly the nicest public course in NJ but I'll never be back.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Links Syle Course - Pretty Tough

Very challenging links style course. Fairways are very deceiving and the greens were fast and very undulating. Conditions were fantastic, staff was super friendly and helpful. I think this course would be a little easier second time around as some holes are very tricky to the eye. Overall excellent time. Dont know about some of the negative reviews as this lace is top notch and the staff has it all buttoned up. They keep you spaced part nicely so no waiting, they don't cram tee times in. Worth a trip out to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Scotland in Northern New Jersey

This is a Fantastic golfing destination for myself and 3 golf buddies (playing together for 50 years), Excellent in every way. Played on a hot afternoon in August: tee off 3:30pm. Arrived at #16, with a chance to maybe break 80, as a foursome cut in front of us needing, I guess, to finish before nightfall. Long Story Short …. played 17 and 18 in the dark …… ruined the score and the day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not Worth the Hype

Played this course various times between 5 and 7 years ago. Came back, was excited to bring a friend for the first time. Bragged about the course. Walked away so embarrassed to have done this. Course still has nice views and in better than average condition, but play was so slow. Cart girl did come by within first half hour, which was great. However, had no Powerade or Gatorade. Said she’d come back soon after getting restocked. Didn’t come back until I called the main office over an hour later. Slow play also in my opinion could’ve been helped if a ranger had been out there. Took an hour and a half to finally see one, but again this had to be requested in same call as when asking for the cart girl. For the $ the course charges, I’d expect more on course amenities. Don’t remember these problems years ago, and surely will not be returning here.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
1.0
Previously Played

Not Worth It

Ranger not out here often enough, nor was cart girl compared to how it was years ago. Wouldn’t recommend at all. Coursein good shape, wonderful views, but staff on course not as on point as it was years ago and just disrupts the round

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

wonderful golf course

All the staff is nice and kind.

All the courses are well maintained condition.

The green was pretty fast.

The Hamburg from the clubhouse restaurant was really good food like 5 star hotel restaurant.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
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
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Really Good...But no World Beater

The course is very good. Par 4s have great variety, as do the par 5s. Par 3s, not so much. 3 of the par 3s play over water to a green that's perched out into the water. Meh. The course conditions are great, top quality fairways and greens, maintained nicely firm. Very close to being one of my top 25 courses played, but not quite. Right on the edge to be sure. That said, there are some things I don't like.

The fescue rough. It's terrible. It slows down play because players can't find golf balls. That high grass works fine at private courses that get 5,000 rounds a year, but for a resort course, they're just terrible. Simply no reason to have that on the course. Also, the routing isn't the best and is certainly meant for cart play. The course can be walked, but it would be a difficult walk. The sixth hole is just silly where you have to travel the entire distance of the hole twice in order to play it. The transition from 1 to 2 is less than ideal. The transition from 3 to 4 is just bad. 12 to 13 is also horrendous. The cart path cutting across the 10th fairway is magical.

Also annoying is having every green elevated. The second hole is a great example of where a flat green could accept a running shot, but for no apparent reason, it's elevated 2-3 feet above fairway level. There are no opportunities to use ground slopes to funnel the ball from off greens into hole locations.

For me, the course isn't 5 stars and there is nothing it can do to be five stars. It's just not there. At the end of the day, the course is an above average routing with very good conditioning and a big scale.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Not as good as last time

Played June 2018 on a Saturday at 11 am. Course conditions outstanding as usual. So the golf was great but:

Clubhouse staff and starter indifferent

Bathrooms in clubhouse unattended to.

No balls on the range, had to get them myself out of the barrel in the little shack. About 1/2 the balls were damaged/unhittable

Hitting stations on range not moved, no grass

We fell 1/2 hole behind and a 2some jumped in the gap on 13. We waited every shot the rest of the round. They were staff, were chatting with the attendants at the cart return area after they finished in front of us. Didn’t get our clubs cleaned

So the customer service left LOTS to be desired

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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