The Crystal Springs Resort has been considered as the most expansive resort in the Northeast that serves as a four-season vacation destination. Nestled in the lush greens of Vernon Valley and the beautiful range of Kittatinny Mountain, the resort is ringed by rolling farmlands and pristine lakes. With the majestic landscape, golf course designers and architects made the resort a haven of beautiful masterpieces creatively designed for the golfers at heart. Included in the resort’s seven amazing golf courses are the Ballyowen Golf Club, the Black Bear, the Cascades, Crystal Springs, Great Gorge, the Minerals Golf Center, and the Wild Turkey.
Among the 21,000 golf layouts that were evaluated by Conde Nast’s GolfWorld Magazine, Ballyowen Golf Club was picked as one of the United States’ “Top 50 Public Courses”. The course was masterfully and skillfully sculpted on sprawling acres above the plateau overlooking the Wallkill River and surrounded by craggy knolls and rolling farmland. Inspired by the Celtic style, architect Roger Rulewich created a virtually treeless golf course that features the plush green fairways, pristine white bunkering, and the towering mounds.
Rated “very good to excellent” by Zagat, the Black Bear course serves as every recreational golfer’s paradise. The entire golf course was designed by David Glenz, the PGA “Teacher of the Year”, and Jack Kurlander, a famed developer. This 6,673 yard layout features the teeing area covered with natural grass that is about 100,000 square feet, bunkers, the synthetic multi-tiered launching stations, and the wide array of target greens. Black Bear is also home to the David Glenz Golf Academy.
The Cascades is the newest golf course in Crystal Springs Resort and the third masterpiece of golf course architect Roger Rulewich in the resort. The course that stretches to 3,627 yards features the junior tees in order to provide enjoyable tee times for those who are new to golfing. Golfers can now take the challenging rounds of swinging at the resort’s highly acclaimed 117 holes set in an amazing golf vacation destination.
Considered as New Jersey’s most challenging layout, Crystal Springs was also recognized among the finest greens in the northeastern portion of the United States. Almost every year, Crystal Springs is listed on the “Top 10 Public Golf Courses in New Jersey” of Golf Digest. This highly acclaimed 6,800 yards golf course features the fairways and greens framed by sculpted mounds as distinct in a Robert von Hagge design.
The Great Gorge, designed by the famous George Fazio, is a 27-hole complex that is comprised of 3 separate 9-hole layouts namely the Quarryside Course, the Lakeside Course, and the Railside Course. Rated four stars by Golf Digest, Great Gorge provides golfers of all ability levels the experience that no other places in this world can offer.
The Minerals Golf Center was designed by Robert Trent Jones to provide the best 9-hole family-friendly layout in New Jersey. Cited as one of the “Top 12 Short Courses in America” by Golf Range Magazine, this majestic layout features the well manicured bentgrass fairways, 2 sets of cups in every hole, and the array of family-oriented amenities. This scenic golf is located at Hamburg Mountain’s base.
The Wild Turkey is considered as the 2nd Roger Rulewich design in Crystal Springs Resort. Classified by guests as a combination of the two other Rulewich masterpieces in the resort, Wild Turkey still stood on its own merit being cited by NJGCOA as one of “New Jersey’s Top New Public Courses”. Golfers can now experience Ballyowen’s sheer expansiveness and Crystal Springs’ multi-elevated nature in a uniquely designed layout.