Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C.
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Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C.
Wild Turkey Golf Club at Crystal Springs Golf Resort sprawls out in a valley below the Grand Cascades Lodge. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 7
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Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 7
High drama comes at the par-3 seventh hole at Wild Turkey Golf Club at Crystal Springs Golf Resort in Hamburg. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 6
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Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 6
Birdies are frequent at the short par-4 sixth at Wild Turkey Golf Club at Crystal Springs Golf Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 10
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Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 10
The par-3 10th hole at Wild Turkey Golf Club at Crystal Springs Golf Resort drops downhill. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 16
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Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 16
The par-3 16th hole at Wild Turkey Golf Club at Crystal Springs Golf Resort plays over water. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 13
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Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 13
The 13th hole at Wild Turkey Golf Club at Crystal Springs Golf Resort ends at an elevated green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 17
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Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 17
The par-5 17th hole at Wild Turkey Golf Club at Crystal Springs Golf Resort plays uphill and long. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 14
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Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 14
Three bunkers stand guard at the 14th hole at Wild Turkey Golf Club at Crystal Springs Golf Resort in Hamburg, New Jersey. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 18
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Crystal Springs Golf Resort - Wild Turkey G.C. - hole 18
The finishing hole at Wild Turkey Golf Club at Crystal Springs Golf Resort climbs uphill. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

It's hard to feel fowl playing the enjoyable Wild Turkey Golf Club at Crystal Springs Golf Resort in Hamburg

HAMBURG, N.J. -- Many of the best holes on the par-71, 7,202-yard Wild Turkey Golf Club at Crystal Springs Golf Resort sit in a bowl of land well below the luxurious Grand Cascades Lodge.

Architect Roger Rulewich did a great job in 2001 of taming a unique site with some nice heave and roll to it. The third hole and the stretch between Nos. 12-17 sit in this nearly treeless basin. It's an open, expansive setting that is both scenic and strategic.

Wetlands make for nerve-racking tee shots at No. 15, No. 16 and No. 17, a monstrous par 5 stretching to 577 yards from the blue tees. Two par 3s highlight the holes higher up on the ridge. A picture and a good swing are required at the 208-yard, all-carry tee shot at No. 7 over a rock quarry lake. The 255-yard par-3 10th hole seems to drop off the face of the earth, plummeting to a green well below the tee. This precipitous drop plays havoc with club selection, but no matter where the ball lands, the fun comes from watching it sail against the horizon.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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