Golf News for Friday, August 2, 2013 | Resorts

New Jersey's Crystal Springs Resort introduces nine-hole rates at Black Bear and Great Gorge golf courses

HAMBURG, N.J. -- Crystal Springs Resort -- home to seven distinct golf courses just one hour from New York City -- has expanded nine-hole rates to its Black Bear and Great Gorge courses.

Coinciding with the new “Time for Nine” initiative endorsed by the USGA, PGA of America and Golf Digest, 18-hole Black Bear and 27-hole Great Gorge Golf Club are offering nine-hole rates for the first time. They join the nine-hole Minerals (opened in 1987) and Cascades (opened in 2009) courses to add even more variety to the resort’s golf programming.

The expansion highlights the scheduling flexibility afforded by nine-hole play. Great Gorge takes this benefit a step further, as nine-hole rounds are available all day Monday through Friday and on weekends after 2 p.m. Greens fees at Black Bear and Great Gorge range from $15 to $35.

“Nine-hole rates at both Black Bear and Great Gorge are another example of how serious we are about making golf a better fit with today’s increasingly hectic pace of life,” says Art Walton, Vice President of Golf Operations at Crystal Springs Resort. “Like the game’s ruling bodies and influential golf media, we realize free time is scarce and blocking out a few hours to play nine can be a practical alternative to 18 holes for seasoned golfers, families and novices.”

Nestled in the Kittatinny Mountains of northern New Jersey, Crystal Springs is a golf playground for all ages and abilities. Its 117 holes are exceptionally diverse:

• Ballyowen – Irish links-style layout rated state’s No. 2 public golf course by • Black Bear – Inviting mix of tumbling terrain and risk / reward options for players of all abilities
• Cascades – Newest addition stresses playability and features junior tees (nine holes)
• Crystal Springs – Ranked “Top 50 Toughest Course in America” by Golf Digest
• Great Gorge – Vintage 70’s golf on the legendary Playboy course (27 holes)
• Minerals – Family golf at “Top 12 Short Course” in America by Golf Range Magazine (nine holes)
• Wild Turkey – Spectacular resort course with world-class amenities and vistas

Crystal Springs is a nationally-recognized leader in golf innovation and growing-the-game initiatives. They include family golf on Cascades and Minerals featuring four-person carts and two holes cut on each green (one eight inches in diameter); a “Fast Track” program that guarantees golfers finish in less than four hours; a pay-per-hole playing option; “Swing N Sip for Ladies” and more.

For more information:, 973.827.5996.

About Crystal Springs Resort
Located in Vernon and Hamburg, N.J., Crystal Springs Resort is the only four-season resort of its kind in the Tri-State Area. Comprised of four luxury hotels – Grand Cascades Lodge, Minerals, the Appalachian and Black Creek Sanctuary; seven renowned public golf courses; 15 acclaimed restaurants highlighted by the four-star Restaurant Latour and its Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning (since 2006) 135,000-bottle wine cellar; two full-service spas ranked #24 in Spas of America’s Top 100 Spas; the state-of-the-art Minerals Sports Club; multiple indoor and outdoor pools, including the distinctive Biosphere Pool Complex with an underground aquarium, tropical foliage and free form nature pools; Mountain Creek with 167 skiable acres on four mountain peaks, 100% night skiing, Drop Zone Snow Tubing, and the Waterpark and Bike Park during summer months. Crystal Springs Resort hosts hundreds of weddings, special events, corporate outings and thousands of transient hotel guests each year.


Shane Sharp
Buffalo Communications
704.519.8381 (cell)

Stephen Reynolds
Buffalo Communications

Chelsea Vander Groef
Crystal Springs Resort
973.271.7587 (cell)