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Golf season is in full swing here at Crystal Springs Resort, located an easy hour northwest of crowded New York City. Your next weekend golf getaway here in the Skylands will leave you refreshed and satisfied after playing many of our six award-winning New Jersey golf courses. We cannot guarantee that elusive hole-in-one you’ve been dreaming of, but we compiled four spectacular par 3’s to play on your next visit to New Jersey’s #1 golf resort!

Crystal Springs - Hole #11

Hole #11 at Crystal Springs Golf Club will likely be the most memorable hole you’ll play in 2018. Take your tee shot on the edge of an 80-foot limestone cliff, over a clear spring onto a pristine and uniquely-shaped green. Tree-topped mountains in the distance serve as the tee shot’s backdrop, while large limestone rocks line the spring’s wall around the front of the green. The tee shot is incredibly beautiful and challenging at 186 yards. Crystal Springs opened in 1992 and ranks as not only one of the top New Jersey golf courses but a top 25 American course.

Wild Turkey - Hole #7

This intimidating but remarkable tee shot at Wild Turkey Golf Club is 181 yards in length. The pin can be hard to spot because the green is raised and mildly hidden by a stunning quarry. Your shot must carry over the quarry onto a secluded green surrounded by tall hunter green trees with New Jersey mountains far above. Ancient limestone and naturally untampered fescue cover the shoreline. Wild Turkey debuted in 2001 and quickly became a guest favorite.

Ballyowen - Hole #6

Slightly switching gears, the sixth hole at Ballyowen Golf Club is equally beautiful and challenging but also tranquil. Rated the #3 public course in the U.S., Ballyowen is a links-style course with sweeping views of the New Jersey Skylands. Hole #6, in particular, has a sprawling view of the surrounding mountains, the magnificent open layout, and the modern clubhouse. You’ll have to hit your Titleist over a beautiful natural royal blue pond onto a flawless green, but beware the massive bunker on the left and the natural fescue on the backside. The tee shot is only 159 yards, but the skinny green and open-air wind create sophisticated challenges.

Black Bear - Hole #7

There is only one pond at Black Bear Golf Club, and you’ll have to dodge it on the 193-yard seventh hole. The tee shot on seven has a splendid view of the mirror pond, rocky shoreline, and a sliver of the manicured green. Tall trees, a steep hillside, and a mountain serve as the backdrop. Hole #7 has yet another challenging tee shot at the aptly named Black Bear—keep an eye peeled for a family of bears! Black Bear opened in 1996 and is perfect for golfers of all skill levels.

Best Par 3's at Crystal Springs