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105 Wheatsworth Rd # 137
Hamburg, NJ  07419-2607
United States
P: (973) 827-5996
F: (973) 209-0755
www.crystalgolfresort.com
Ballyowen Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 7,094 yards | 131 slope

73.6 rating | Bent grass

Recommend this course: +2 -1

Ballyowen Golf Course Description


The 18-hole "Ballyowen" course at the Crystal Springs Resort-Ballyowen Course facility in Hamburg, New Jersey features 7,094 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.6 and it has a slope rating of 131 on Bent grass. Designed by Roger G. Rulewich, ASGCA, the Ballyowen golf course opened in 1998. Crystal Springs Resort manages this facility, with Art Walton as the Vice President Golf Operations.

Course Reviews


I noticed not many positive reviews of Ballyowen and as i played it yesterday and had an excellent experience I wanted to put my opinion down. I've lived in New Jersey for nearly 4 years and Ballyowen is the best overall golf experience I've had. I've only played one of the other Crystal Springs courses (Black Bear also fantastic but not quite as unique as Ballyowen). Most of my other golfing experience has been on county courses and range from great (Neshanick) to pitiful (Warren Brook). Someone else noted that they wouldn't pay full price here and I would have to agree but this is purely a personal call on a limit I set myself for rounds of golf (2 kids coming up to college age will do that!) but for those who have more disposable income I would say Ballyowen is well worth the money. I paid $55 for a 3.50pm tee time which included range balls and cart - way better than my local county courses btw. The club house was well stocked and though I didn't look at clothing all the other pricing seemed in line with the higher daily fee courses - $15 for a sleeve of ProV 1s, 12-20 bucks for a glove etc. Great views from the clubhouse of the whole course which sits on a rise with long vistas of the surrounding wooded countryside (views are a rarity in New Jersey from someone who moved from California). As described Ballyowen is a links "style" course (can't be a true links unless it sits by the sea (google the definition) but this does mean there are no trees on the course but the architect has created some neat tee shots and views that trick the eye - yardage book is a good idea and my range finder paid off in spades as there's some uphill and downhill shots to navigate. The other connection to the famed links courses is off the fairway. There are two cuts of rough (last one was about 2 inches and thick) After the second cut it turns to fescue grass about shin to knee height. YOU WILL LOOSE BALLS HERE!! Be prepared for the classic just missed the fairway saw where it went into the rough but you can't find the darned thing. Bunkers, tee boxes and greens are in great shape and the course is well marked with yardage on sprinklers etc. The scenery is beautiful and the golf is well worth the drive out from where I live (about an hour away). I can't wait to go back and play Ballyowen again and the other Crystal Springs courses.

Barren, hilly and windy – Yes. Scotland – No.

Overhyped and overpriced, but still an enjoyable (if you play at a discount) destination for mid- and high-handicappers. Low-handicappers may feel under- challenged due to several short par 4s and a hole or two that would benefit from redesign. A few forced carry tee shots and water on several holes make the round interesting. Fescue (mowed during my visit) is present nearly everywhere, but should impact only the most errant of shots.

Despite the portrayal, this is by no means a Ritz-style resort course. There are limited amenities both on- (no cart GPS) and off-course, although the practice range is included in the fee. Service is professional and courteous, but isn’t more present than at most munis. Course conditioning was poor, especially early in the season. Speed of play should increase with the new 90-degree cart fairway crossing rule. A solid 1 ¼ hour drive from Manhattan with no traffic, it’s a course worth a visit only if you’re in the neighborhood.

Played early september. Course was in great shape. A challenging course with lots of risk/reward opportunities. Go for the twilight rate at about $60 including a cart. Course is cart path only. Add that to links style tall grass, and it can make for a very slow round. Come expecting a 5 hour round and enjoy the beautiful scenery while you wait for your next shot.

played the first week in august. our tee time was at 2:20 meaning 65 for 18 holes plus a cart. a great deal. the course included some very memorable holes. lot of water and finding it wasnt very fun. fairways were very nice. Because it is cart path only it took alot longer. it was an adventure to walk from the cartpath to the other fairway to go find your ball. the greens for the exception of the first one (that was burnt out and the pin wasnt where it was suposed to be due to that) rolled true. some tee boxes were not in good shape. it rained the day before and some of the drainage was a bit poor. also some bunkers were not in the best shape. overall if your in the area play twilight after to. the setup is great and allows you to try and score. i would return and recomend it

One of the most beautiful places i have ever visited. Fantastic layout and alot of fun. The conditions were almost perfect except for some weeds along bunker walls. I love this course and will continue to come for years in the future. PLay it once and you will be happy.

Sorry folks, I just think this course is overrated. The prices are way too high. The conditions are good, but not great. The pace of play is glacial. This is because almost everyone takes a cart (I think the cart fee is $5). They NEVER allow the carts off the path, and the paths come nowhere near the hole.

Always in great shape and a great links layout. Any fan of links golf has to play this track (especially when the bagpipes are playing as you come up 18).

$140 on the weekends rules it out for most of us mortals. But $65 twilight or $45 super twilight are well worth the trip. Fine ammenities and staff. In fact, our starter was top notch. We only had a twosome and there were 2 foursomes in front of us. So he went out of his way and drove us to hole #12 where we started our round and had no one in front of us the whole way. We didn't wait on any holes. The layout is outstanding. Some great risk/reward holes and just overall very fun. Conditions very good. True rolls on every green. Besides the price, only complaint is the cart path only AT ALL TIMES rule. Makes no sense really. Fairways take a beating with the no carts anyway because people don't, or sometimes can't, replace their divots. And with no sand on the carts right by your divot it makes it even worse. Pace of play could be sped up immensely if they relaxed the cart path only rule and the fairways should still be able to be well-kept, if not better. We have played many courses in even better condition that allow carts on fairways.

Played Saturday at 3pm and thought $90 was a great deal. Cart paths only was a little annoying but I appreciated when I saw the shape of the course. Beautiful. Play was not slow for me but T-storms were looming all day.

I wouldn't pay $140 to play this course, but for $40 twilight, its a steal. It isn't the most challenging layout, and the rounds will take 5+ hours (cart path only at all times), but it is VERY well maintained. Hit good shots and get rewarded. There is plenty of room to miss here and there too.... The bag piper was pretty cool. Like I said, overall a nice experience for the right price.

I loved this course - great views. But quit after 15 holes as it moved sooo slowly. We saw 1 ranger on the front at hole #3. Didn't see him the rest of the day. We played on a weekday in late October. I can't even imagine how slow it must move in the summer. The employees were, unfortunately, not real friendly either.

a dream to play play 36 felt like heaven. the way place golf was ment to be played.

Best Choice

Clearly the best - and most expensive - of the Crystal Springs properties. Links-style with no trees and some water, lots of elevations changes. Visually outstanding. Staff is most cooperative.
Pricy but worth it.

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  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Chris P. 26 90 64 07/23/10
2 Chris P. 26 92 66 05/27/11
3 Robert A. 13 82 69 09/14/12
4 Robert R. 19 89 70 05/26/12
5 Robert K. 12 82 70 07/24/10
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
151 Akinola O. N/A 99 99 10/29/15
20 Arjun M. 17 91 74 09/28/15
8 Jonathan L. 24 95 71 08/30/15
84 todd M. 32 111 79 06/17/14
75 M O. 13 91 78 06/08/14

Golf Course Information

About Crystal Springs Resort-Ballyowen Course

Crystal Springs Resort-Ballyowen Course

Resort and Community facility

Managed by Crystal Springs Resort

40 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Art Walton, Vice President Golf Operations
Mark Melillo, Golf Professional
Don MacKay, Superintendent
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