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4.1
225 Reviews (225)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.2
83.2%
Recommend this course
189 out of 225 reviews
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4.0
7 Reviews (7)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.6
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.7
85.7%
Recommend this course
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4.0
39 Reviews (39)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
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Layout
4.2
Pace
3.6
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.1
84.6%
Recommend this course
33 out of 39 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

4.1
225 Reviews (225)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 22
Dinner 15
19th Hole Scenic Views 10
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 38
Bunkers 37
Undulating Greens 36
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 32
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 28
A Weekend Splurge 18
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 36
Worth the Drive 35
In the 'Burbs 12

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Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

I am not good enough to enjoy this course

if you are an average to below average golfer like me you should skip this course. I would recommend spending a bit more and playing Wild Turkey right next door. This course with its impossible pin placement, moguls and bunkers, water hazards and impossible thick rough make this a very hard course. I spent way to much time searching thick rough for my ball and you almost never have a flat lie even on the fairway. You are always shooting on an angle or blind or over a bunker. Pin placements are evil too some impossible to hit even for the best golfers. Overall the pace of play was a bit slow too. The course is not too long but I wont be playing again the cost is good but there are many other options that are more fun in my opinion. Try Wild Turkey, Black Bear, Great Gorge or Farmstead if you want to play in Sussex county.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 93
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 93
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 93
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

The value at $43 via a GolfNow Hot Deal was pretty good. , but the staff yelled at my foursome from on top of the hill to get off of the course. The started did not mention it and we did not appreciate the aggressiveness of the staff in yelling at us. With that said, this is a typical course that runs through many backyards and avoiding houses will be a challenge for the errant golfer. The moguls on both sides are more like large hills that turned into a game of where's waldo? when looking for balls. Decent course, very fun par 3 on back 9, but cart path-only made this an endurance test and greatly reduced the experience. Will not be back.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Fall deal.

Overall, this was a fun day. Crystal Springs requires your game to be sharp as it is tight and played long in the cold, fall air. Have to be on right tier in greens too.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 26
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course, but a money grab

I have played Crystal Springs many times. For all the headaches it causes you because of its difficulty, it's still fun to play. The conditions were great, greens were perfectly smooth and fairly quick. I always recommend it, but remember that you'll very likely shoot higher than you do elsewhere.

With all that said, this day felt like a money grab. $70 is too much for Crystal Springs. Tee times are packed 10 minutes apart which hurts pace of play. Many of the tees were way up so the course was not playing it's true yardage. On some holes the tips, blue and white tees were all grouped together. Just an absolute joke of a course setup. Felt like it was silly season out there, except with premium pricing.

No ball washers or water coolers and they still had the stupid metal piece in the holes. Aren't we over this by now? Nobody is getting the virus from touching a flag stick, hole, ball washer or water cooler that sit exposed to UV rays all day long.

If you're going to reduce amenities and not make it feel normal, you can't be charging a premium. The prices NJ courses are charging for a round of golf this year are absurd. I haven't played many of my favorites because of this and I won't be back to Crystal/Wild Turkey/Ballyowen until they bring their pricing back down to a reasonable level.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Where are the rangers?

A beautiful November day but three hours to play the front nine and we had 4.30 minutes of daylight when we teed off and only got in 14 holes. Not a ranger seen all day... It is hard with leaves down to find balls but they said they were full from 6.30 pm on and so why are there no rangers on the course to help move people along.. Some blind tee shots saw the group behind us hit right into us on several occasions. Great course but disappoint day

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Awesome course

We got a hot deal and played this course for $55. Really challenging course but beautiful and very interesting.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times 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 2
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 54
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 35
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 35
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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