Crystal Springs Golf Resort's Ballyowen Golf Club cracked New Jersey's Top 10.
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

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Reviews 36
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Fun Course!

I played on a very cold day, but enjoyed the design of the course. It was relatively wide open with a few blind shots, but mostly accommodating. It is pricey, but besides that it is a fun track!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 26
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Played in a cold day!

First time playing at black bear. The course was pretty wet due to the rain from early morning and it make the course play much longer. Back 9 is more difficult than the front 9. Layout is interesting. And the staffs are very friendly. I will return in warmer weather.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 168
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Too long to play a round of golf

It was a beautiful day for golf! Unfortunately Black Bear has a rule cart path only starting November 1st. It was so backed up we had to wait to hit EVERY shot! I left after finishing th 16th hole 5 hours into the round!!! No rangers all day trying to speed up slower groups Terrible!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fairly Good for the Money

Wasn’t what I expected, thought the course would be a little mor upscale.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Previously Played

No reason for cart-path only

I've played this course dozens of times and usually enjoy.
Their cart-path only restriction is Totally uncalled for and takes away from a fluid round especially under Driest Course conditions.
Entire staff is friendly, but management needs to extend in a much better way to golfers and pace of play to enrich total experience to leave a desire for repeat play.
Also played Ballyowen the week prior after frost delay and found so many fairways to be in perfectly fine condition to drive on, but they too were cart-path only.
Let them get someone out there to inspect conditions and re-evaluate any restrictions.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Everything is good
I’m very happy to play this place

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent Par 9

I enjoy playing cascades very much. It's a great layout and very beginner friendly. Highly recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

PTF Golf

Love this course excellent 9 hole course
Outstanding

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 168
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 168
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

A good outing

This was my first time out this year due to a broken back surgery. 9 holes was just the right amount. Course was in good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

dont play here, no bueno!

5.5 hour round on the weekend. the place has no staff, no rangers, no balls at the driving range because they have no help. it s a free for all on the course. the course is challenging, but you get newbies or hacks out there and it takes forever. everyone has a right to play, but without any rangers to keep the slow people on pace its is a nightmare.

it will be a long time before i go back, not a great way to maintain customers. pace is everything, i would rather play a round in a reasonable time on a mediocre course than play a long round on a premium course. for that premium the pace has to be right or why bother.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good course, slow pace, too much money

Like the course. Had three females infront of us that just could not keep up the pace. Ended up waiting 5-10 minutes to tee off, every hole.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sand traps have no sand! Very slow players and no ranger to speed up play

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