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With Memorial Day weekend in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start focusing on the glorious summer golf season here at Crystal Springs Resort, home to six of the best golf courses in NJ. Crystal Springs Resort remains one of the premier golf getaways on the East Coast as we’re less than 50 miles from New York City. New Yorkers are just a short, scenic drive from six championship-caliber courses, all within a five-mile radius! The convenience of this golf haven is significantly outweighed by the pristine greens, jaw-dropping mountainous landscapes, and ideal pace of play here in the NJ Skylands. 

The 3 Best Golf Courses in NJ

Ballyowen Golf Club

Ballyowen Golf Club is not only one of the best golf courses in NJ but also the country. Acclaimed architect Roger Rulewich designed Ballyowen, which was his first independent project after working with Robert Trent Jones Sr. for many years. Opening in 1998 to rave reviews, Ballyowen is a links-style course that features wide fairways, grass-covered dunes, and still ponds amid sprawling hill country. This Irish heathland ode has evolved into one of the top three golf courses in NJ and far beyond.

Crystal Springs Golf Club

Crystal Springs Golf Club opened in 1992 and instantly became one of the ten best golf courses in NJ thanks to the unique design by Robert von Hagge, who successfully planned and executed over 250 courses in 20 countries. This awe-inspiring natural beauty is now widely known as one of the toughest challenges in North America thanks to the course’s sculpted mounds, limestone quarries, and pristine sandtraps. Many who play the course marvel at the stunning par three’s, especially Hole 11’s cliff-top tee shot. Unlike Ballyowen, Crystal Springs has skinny fairways, which will reward accuracy while dooming errant shots.

Black Bear Golf Club

The most underrated option at Crystal Springs Resort is Black Bear Golf Club, yet another one of the best golf courses in NJ according to Golf Advisor. At just under 6,700 yards, Black Bear was built to satisfy golfers of all skill levels. Black Bear is known as a parkland-style course, so expect careful landscaping, smooth fairways, and an abundance of trees. In fact, Black Bear is encircled by rolling hills that are covered in lush forestry. This crowd-pleaser is especially gorgeous during autumn’s peak.

World-Class Spa Resorts in NJ

The three best golf courses in NJ are all within five miles of our award-winning spa resort. Crystal Springs Resort is home to six championship-caliber golf courses, nearly a dozen dining options, and the two best spas in NJ: Elements and Reflections. When you’re not enjoying a round of golf, don’t forget to visit The Wine Cellar, soak in the tropical biosphere pool, and enroll in the Mountaintop Experience. To book a well-deserved golf getaway to Hamburg, NJ, please visit today!