1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, New Jersey 07419, US
(973) 862-4351
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About Crystal Springs Resort

Crystal Springs Resort is a 4,000-acre playground located only an hour across the New Jersey state line from New York City. It is one of the country’s largest golf resorts with six courses - Ballyowen, Black Bear, Cascades, Crystal Springs, Minerals and Wild Turkey – and three driving ranges. The Grand Cascades Lodge houses 220 guest rooms with an inspired welcome: An outdoor putting course leading to an indoor lobby with high ceilings, wood beams and a stone fireplace. Both it and the 175-room Minerals Hotel feature their own spas and pools. Children will love the Biosphere, an indoor pool complex with an aquarium, vortex pool and caves, 140-foot waterslide and café, all in a tropical theme. Twelve restaurants are spread out among the course clubhouses and hotels, delivering a variety of menus and price points. Between the Mineral Sports Club and Adventure Center, there’s always a new activity or program to enjoy.

Facts

Price Range$$$$, $$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres4000
Year Opened1972
Number of Units300-500

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Bar, Casual
Room TypesRoom, Suite
PoolIndoor
Short CourseYes
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Beach AccessYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Crystal Springs Resort

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Reviews

3.9
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Reviews 30
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 30
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Extremely slow play

If you enjoy 5 1/2 hours rounds this place is perfect for you. 3 foursomes backed up at every tee. No rangers to speed play. Not worth the money at any price.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Mr. Bart

Great course for the $$$.... challenging layoud, overall course was in good shape.
very scenic.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Worst experience

They sent me out the first day as a single with 4-5 4sones in front of me and today they sent me out with a 2 who never played golf before

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 60
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

It was okay

Honestly wasn’t an awful course. Most of my frustration was pace of place and who we were paired with. Staff was super friendly and gave us a quick layout before we went. Got paired with a single that really had no etiquette, but that’s for later. The course is in good shape and had an interesting mix of holes. 13 was crazy narrow, but that was the story of most holes on this course. Mountain courses aren’t for me, but anyway. I liked the downhill par 3 that was 110 yards. Made you think of which club a few times.

Now to the pace of play. It was backed up bad. We played a 5 hour round mid day on a weekday and that’s crazy. It had just rained so 8 holes were cart path only which is understandable, but on a normal basis 6 holes are cart path only. That really slowed down play. The person we were paired up with was a nice guy but he really annoyed me. Pocket dropped a ball on every hole, drove off when people still needed to tee off and picked up any ball he found, even if it was from our own group. That’s not the courses fault but it was just annoying .

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Course not a fair layout

If you can’t put the ball in the fairway you are in trouble because of the moguls. Course has a challenging layout. Some pIn locations were impossible to hit . Even the pros would complain. Even if you hit the fairways the ball is never level which makes for a very challenging shot for the average golfer . Staff was friendly and helpful.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Golfnow???

I have an issue with this course mix up and when i go to the contact us part of golfnow website there is no way to contact them. I'd really like to get some help here with this problem.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

confusion

Made a res for Crystal Springs, drove 1-1/2 hrs to get there. Pro shop tells me there is an outing so he will put me out on Wild Turkey course, $50 please??
There was nobody in charge to help me??
Now i have to figure out how to get my money back.
Nice course but the holes are scattered all over the complex.
Very confusing!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Nice course

Black Bear be is a moderately challenging golf course. It has really nice surroundings. The course is well maintained and the staff is very accommodating.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Amazing!!

I LOVE THIS COURSE, ITS GREAT!! VERY FUN TO PLAY, VERY WELL KEPT AND THE STAFF IS AWESOME!! AMAZING FAIRWAYS, AMAZING GREENS AND OVERALL BEAUTIFUL!! GO UP TO CRYSTAL SPRINGS AND ENJOY PLAYING AND HAVING A GREAT TIME!! I AM DEFINITELY PLAYING AGAIN!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Mixed Bag

Wild Turkey is a fun course to play, but there are two areas where they need a lot of improvement:

1) Pace of play - wasn't horrendous, but it wasn't good. By the third hole there was already a back up as our group pulled up to the tee and the group in front was standing around the beverage cart and had yet to tee off despite the group in front of them already well ahead. We didn't see a ranger throughout the entire round, so it's clear that Crystal Springs/Wild Turkey does not care about enforcing pace of play.

2) Greens - they were quick, but you had to doge what seemed like hundreds of ball marks on every single green. I know they get a lot of play, but it's really a shame that they allow their course to get chewed up like that. This is on the golfers too of course, but the staff made no mention to replace/fill divots or repair ball marks on the greens.

Having played this course a number of times in the past, they always seem to be plagued by the same issues. It's worth playing, but only if you can get a price below $70 or $75. What they normally charge is frankly outrageous. This course is not worth $100. I do recommend playing it, but make sure you get a fair price and you need to expect a slow round, especially on the weekend.

FYI, they started aerating the greens behind us as we were finishing our round so I'd advise staying away for 2-3 weeks. They also have the silly permanent holes where the ball will not fall into the cup all the way, despite being outside where virus transmission is little to none and the virus not being a major problem in NJ at this time.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Solid Course, Dont Sleep

This course belongs to the "Crystal Spring Resort" group of course. The course is in great condition, aside from the bunkers (given covid its fine). Tee boxes, fairways and greens are exactly what you want when you get out there. Some of the holes are tight and some are open, as you can see from the photos of #4 and #13 I posted. Course definitely requires you to think a lot as far as position and what you should be hitting off the tee. There is a decent amount of elevation change as well, this course is not walkable. Pin placement on a Sunday was a little aggressive for recreational golf but I enjoyed my round despite the rain. My only drawback is the layout can be confusing as the group in front you will constantly be driving past you due to having to U-turn on some of these holes and go back up a hill to the next tee box. I will be back with out question. Definitely a viable option for 75$ @ 7am when the other resort courses were 175 and 150 for around the same time. Dont sleep on Black Bear, this is a great track.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0

A great course in terrible shape

Unfortunately, while I used to love wild turkey and all of the tracks at crystal springs, it, as well as the other course we played that weekend at CS, were both in abysmal condition. I had encouraged friends to make the trip out because the courses are usually in good shape and I think are a fun challenge. I was absolutely embarrassed to have invited other golfers out there who were disgusted by how bad of shape the greens were in as well as some of the tee boxes/ fairways. I have not played greens this bad all season long as multiple public courses. Not nearly what I had grown to expect from crystal springs in prior years.

Don’t think I’ll be back or be inviting anyone out there until the courses are back in decent shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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