The Golf Courses at Crystal Springs Resort
For fans of golf, Crystal Springs Resort is the premier world-class golf destination in the Northeast, with six championship caliber courses within a five-mile radius. Set among the Appalachian Trail through the Kittatinny range in beautiful northwestern New Jersey, the Resort has recruited the world’s best golf course architects — von Hagge, Trent Jones, George Fazio and Rulewich — to create an amazing collection of upscale public golf courses.
The golf experience at Crystal Springs is truly unparalleled!
One of the ‘Top 50 Toughest Courses in America’
Crystal Springs Golf Club is recognized as one of the finest golf facilities in the northeastern United States. When Crystal Springs opened in 1992, it was rated among the top 25 new golf courses in America by Golf Digest Magazine. The Jersey Golfer named Crystal Springs “The Best Public Golf Course” in New Jersey in its ranking of the state’s best layouts. Year after year, Crystal Springs ranks among Golf Digest’s top 10 list for public golf courses in New Jersey.
Crystal Springs is also considered the most challenging layout in New Jersey. Despite measuring just over 6,800 yards from the championship tees, the distinct character of the club can be attributed to designer Robert von Hagge of Houston, Texas. Von Hagge has long been recognized as one of the leading golf course architects in the United States. One of the hallmarks of a von Hagge course is sculpted mounds that frame the fairways and greens, giving definition to each hole while adding an intense contrast of color between the fairways and roughs.
When the limestone quarrying operations ceased in 1929, the site filled with water, forming the many natural springs that now dot the property. The clear waters at the 11th hole prompted the naming of the community, the golf course, and, ultimately, the Crystal Springs Resort.
BALLYOWEN GOLF CLUB
Rated #1 in New Jersey
The award-winning Ballyowen Golf Club was designed by Roger Rulewich, the longtime lead design associate for Hall of Fame designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. Rulewich applied all of the design knowledge he acquired from Trent Jones Sr. to create a modern day classic with links-style features that are spread out over 250 acres atop a plateau, and highlighted by 360-degree views overlooking the spirited Wallkill River.
Ballyowen’s fescue lined golf holes meander through open meadows and rolling farmland creating a feel of an inland Heathland style course of Ireland. The Celtic atmosphere transitions over to the clubhouse’s Owen’s Pub, where golfers are entertained by the serenade of the bagpiper every evening.
Ballyowen is proud to be the only public golf course in NJ offering caddie service. For just $20 extra, you can experience Ballyowen the way it was meant to be played.
Recreational Golfer’s Paradise
Created to satisfy golfers of every skill level and rated “very good to excellent” by Zagat, Black Bear is a recreational golfer’s paradise. Black Bear opened in July of 1996 and has enjoyed tremendous popularity ever since. Boasting a 6,673-yard layout co-designed by famed developer Jack Kurlander, Black Bear offers an inviting diversity of terrain, scenery, and shot selections.
There’s something for everyone at Black Bear, golfers, and non-golfers alike! Sink your tees, and some claws, into some prime rib, fun weekly golf events, savings for ladies, service members, and seniors… and that’s just a taste!
Innovative Golf for Every Player
Cascades is the newest course at Crystal Springs Resort, which expands their offering to 90 epic holes. Nationally renowned golf course architect Roger Rulewich of The Golf Group, Inc., was at the helm of the new course’s design – his third at Crystal Springs Resort, including the Wild Turkey and Ballyowen Golf Clubs.
Measuring 3,627 yards, the course’s design stresses playability and features junior tees to make the course more enjoyable for those new to the game.
MINERALS GOLF CLUB
Go Clubbin’ with the Kids
Known locally as the best 9-hole golf course in the region, Minerals’ Robert Trent Jones-designed executive layout is perfect for every member of the family. Advanced players can be challenged on a spectacular mountainside layout measuring over 2,305 yards — while juniors have their own tees way ahead of mom and dad!
Named by Golf Range Magazine as one of the Top 12 Short Courses in America, Minerals Golf Club is the best golf course of its kind in the Northeast. Playing up to 2,305 yards, Minerals features 9 holes of uniquely scenic golf at the base of Hamburg Mountain. The executive-style layout features superbly manicured bentgrass fairways, two sets of cups per hole, and a wonderful array of family-friendly amenities.
Sensational Vistas & Amenities
With its debut on July 7, 2001, Wild Turkey became the Crystal Spring Resort’s second Roger Rulewich design — an outstanding encore to Rulewich’s award-winning Ballyowen. Located adjacent to Crystal Springs Golf Club, Wild Turkey’s topography is best described as “basin & ridge.” The layout’s two distinct terrain types combine the sheer expansiveness of Ballyowen with the rugged, multi-elevated nature of Crystal Springs. While it may be easy to classify Wild Turkey as a combination of its two sister courses, Wild Turkey stands on its own merit as a uniquely designed golf course, named one of NJ’s Top New Public Courses by NJGCOA.
The basin area of Wild Turkey — consisting of holes #3 and #12 through #17 — is reminiscent of the treeless expanse of Ballyowen. The par-3, 14th tee affords golfers a view of the entire hollow, while challenging them with a long iron to a deep green. Many of the par-4’s feature limited aprons require both strategy and precision on the approach shot. The green surrounding for the picturesque #15th hole is indicative of this prevailing design concept.
The par-3, 7th signature hole at Wild Turkey shares much in common with Crystal Springs’ signature hole. It, too, is a forced carry over a quarry lake to a well-protected and intimidating target. Comparable again to Crystal Springs and Ballyowen, playing Wild Turkey is considered a challenging event. Yet the multiple tee locations, generously wide fairways, and moderately contoured greens make Wild Turkey an enjoyable experience for all skill levels.
2 Sports Rolled into 1
Come experience the newest and most exciting crossover sport to hit the country… FootGolf! FootGolf is two sports rolled into one, where the precision, power, and passion found in both golf and soccer is combined to create one amazing playing experience.
FootGolf is played by kicking a soccer ball (on a golf course) into an oversized hole to score – with rules that are similar to golf. FootGolf takes just 2 hours to play 18 holes, and the best part is, it can be enjoyed by anyone aged 6 or older. FootGolf is available at both the Cascades and Minerals golf courses.
LEADBETTER GOLF ACADEMY
The World’s Finest Golf Instruction
Crystal Springs Resort is proud to be The Leadbetter Golf Academy‘s primary base of operation in the northeastern United States. Over the years, David has opened golf academies throughout the world and has trained an elite staff of certified instructors who have helped countless golfers play better golf, and more importantly have more fun playing the game!
LGA Crystal Springs Director of Instruction, Tom Reynolds, has been in golf instruction for the past fifteen years, and achieved Leadbetter Certified status in 2012. Since then Tom has spent a tremendous amount of time assisting David Leadbetter and Leadbetter Master Certified Instructor Sean Hogan, while also helping his own students achieve their goals in golf.
GOLF VACATION PACKAGES
Enjoy a Golf & Stay like no other
Crystal Springs Resort offers a variety of vacation packages that couple golf with an assortment of available amenities. To find the package that best fits your needs, visit http://www.crystalgolfresort.com/golf/stay/.