105 Wheatsworth Rd,
Hamburg, New Jersey 07419
Office+1 (973) 827 5996
Pro shop+1 (973) 827 5996
Fax+1 (973) 827 0604
Golf proSean Hogan (Director of Instruction)
AcademyDavid Leadbetter Golf Academy
18 holes. Links-style course. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Woodland and open countryside.
Crystal Springs Resort offers seven golf courses. Alongside the Grand Cascades Lodge is Crystal Springs CC, home to Wild Turkey (par-71, 7202 yds, designer Roger Rulewich); Crystal Springs (par-72, 6816 yds, Robert Von Hagge) and Cascades (9-hole, par-36, 3627 yds, Roger Rulewich). A short distance from Grand Cascades Lodge are the following: Ballyowen (3 mi SW from Lodge, par-72, 7094 yds, Roger Rulewich); Great Gorge (3 mi NE, 27-hole, Rail/Lake combination is par-72, 6852 yds, George Fazio); Black Bear (5 mi S, par-72, 6673 yds, Jack Kurtlander & David Glenz) and the family-oriented Minerals course (3 mi NE at Minerals Resort, 9-hole, par-31, 2305 yds, Robert Trent Jones).
1.5 mi S of Hamburg / 47 mi NW of New York City (Times Square, Manhattan).
The Ballyowen course at Crystal Springs Resort is widely regarded as one of the Northeast's finest golf courses. This excellent quality layout delivers as authentic a links golf experience as you'll find, akin to the great British and Irish seaside courses. However, in Ballyowen's case the ocean is several leagues hence, and rolling rural countryside is what flanks the course.
The undulating dunelike mounds that make up the flowing layout, have the shape, contours and fescue grasses characteristic of all true links courses. The rise and fall of the terrain allows for some nicely elevated tees and one or two extravagantly perched greens. The most daring of these comes at the short par-4 13th. The rolling, tumbling fairways offer plenty of space to land your drives, while bunker hazards lie in wait around the fast-paced, undulating greens. Water puts in a few telling appearances, as you'll discover in front of and alongside the green of the attractive par-3 6th.
The course broadly conforms to one of the defining traits of links golf, that "all living things might be found on the course, but not trees". Also pleasingly absent is any hint of roads and/or housing. As for authenticity of design, there's nothing tricked-up on this top-quality and challenging layout.
From the course you'll enjoy views onto tree-clad rolling hills, both near and far. Links aficionados may wistfully dream of "seaweed smells from sandy caves" and gently breaking waves. That aside, the Ballyowen delivers everything else you'd expect from a full-blooded links golf course.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Walking permitted. Caddies available June thru' August (if pre-booked).
Crystal Springs Resort is home to seven golf courses, located in and around the neighbouring towns of Vernon and Hamburg, New Jersey. The standard-bearer for the resort is the highly-rated Ballyowen course, a classic links-style layout. Surrounding the resort's Grand Cascades Lodge you'll find the also well-rated Wild Turkey and Crystal Springs courses. Nearby are Black Bear, Great Gorge, Cascades (9-hole) and Minerals (9-hole), which complete the Crystal Springs septet.
Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ 07419
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Crystal Springs is a world-class, year-round resort, located in the rolling farmland of northwest New Jersey and just an hour from New York City. Covering a huge area, the resort offers a myriad of opportunities and activities, both indoors and out. In winter, nearby Mountain Creek has over 40 ski trails. In summer, Crystal Springs' seven championship golf courses come into their own, complemented by a David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Accommodations are based on the luxurious Grand Cascades Lodge, family-friendly Minerals Resort & Spa or recreation-oriented Mountain Creek in Vernon. The resort offers 12 restaurants, cafes, & bistros, with the Latour restaurant boasting an award-winning wine cellar. Two day spas, including the new Reflections Spa and Elements Spa are also available to guests. The resort also offers endless events, activities and area attractions, including hiking, wine tasting, festivals, shopping, skiing & snowboarding, mountain biking, waterparks and more!
Wild Turkey and Crystal Springs courses.
Ballyowen, Black Bear, Great Gorge, Cascades (9-hole) and Minerals (9-hole family golf).
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