We recently took out 9th annual golf trip and our destination this year was Crystal Springs Golf Resort in New Jersey. Home to 7 golf courses, three hotel options, and geographically convenient, it seemed like a great fit for our group of 10.
The booking process was easy. Only one player had played here before so we had an idea of what courses we wanted to play, but not where to stay. The person who booked our trip, Susan, was incredibly helpful when it came to course suggestions and where to stay for the price range we wanted to stay within.
What's nice is you can book the golf and hotel at once. You don't call the courses to make tee times, everything is done through one central booking process. It's easy and leaves very little confusion.
Crystal Springs offers 3 resorts to stay at Grand Cascade, Minerals Resort & Spa, and Mountain Creek. We stayed at Minerals Resort & Spa with 2-3 guys to a room. The rooms were large enough, had a balcony and offered free access to the spa (pool pictured above). Each room had a mini-fridge and coffee machine (no coffee in lobby), fireplace, pullout sofa bed and a king bed.
On previous trips we have booked houses to stay in but this was a good choice. The Grand Cascades looks like the place to stay. It's a beautiful resort and is located on 3 of the golf courses: Wild Turkey, Cascades, and Crystal Springs. Our resort was about an 8 minute drive to play here, which we did several times.
There are 7 golf courses at Crystal Springs Resort: Ballyowen, Wild Turkey, Crystal Springs, Great Gorge, Black Bear, Cascades (9), Minerals (9). We played four of the courses:
- Ballyowen. Links-style course with few trees but high fescue. Easy to lose a tee shot in the tall stuff if you miss your mark. Quick greens and an overall great golf experience. Highly recommend.
- Wild Turkey. This was the most popular in our group. A fair course that offers a variety of challenges for golfers of all skills. Certainly worth playing on your trip.
- Crystal Springs. Everyone told us this was the hardest course and they weren't kidding. Elevation changes, forced carry, and rolling fairways made you work on every shot. Bad shots cost you a stroke or two, good shots weren't always rewarded. That being said, it was a great course and recommend it if you're looking for a challenge.
- Cascades. A 9-hole course but worth going out for a quick round. One of the best 9-hole track sI have played and would recommend it if you plan on playing 27 in a day. It's on the same property as Wild Turkey & Crystal Springs.
I would add this to your list of places to host a golf trip. The combination of location (just outside NYC), resort amenities, price (we paid about $550/pp), and great golf courses make this a location worthy of any group golf trip. If you're in charge of booking the trip, it's easy and people can pay separately.
When you're booking your next golf trip, keep Crystal Springs Golf Resort in mind.