Crystal Springs Resort-Ballyowen Course

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The course is very good. Par 4s have great variety, as do the par 5s. Par 3s, not so much. 3 of the par 3s play over water to a green that's perched out into the water. Meh. The course conditions are great, top quality fairways and greens, maintained nicely firm. Very close to being one of my top 25 courses played, but not quite. Right on the edge to be sure. That said, there are some things I don't like.

The fescue rough. It's terrible. It slows down play because players can't find golf balls. That high grass works fine at private courses that get 5,000 rounds a year, but for a resort course, they're just terrible. Simply no reason to have that on the course. Also, the routing isn't the best and is certainly meant for cart play. The course can be walked, but it would be a difficult walk. The sixth hole is just silly where you have to travel the entire distance of the hole twice in order to play it. The transition from 1 to 2 is less than ideal. The transition from 3 to 4 is just bad. 12 to 13 is also horrendous. The cart path cutting across the 10th fairway is magical.

Also annoying is having every green elevated. The second hole is a great example of where a flat green could accept a running shot, but for no apparent reason, it's elevated 2-3 feet above fairway level. There are no opportunities to use ground slopes to funnel the ball from off greens into hole locations.

For me, the course isn't 5 stars and there is nothing it can do to be five stars. It's just not there. At the end of the day, the course is an above average routing with very good conditioning and a big scale.

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Played June 2018 on a Saturday at 11 am. Course conditions outstanding as usual. So the golf was great but:
Clubhouse staff and starter indifferent

Bathrooms in clubhouse unattended to.

No balls on the range, had to get them myself out of the barrel in the little shack. About 1/2 the balls were damaged/unhittable

Hitting stations on range not moved, no grass

We fell 1/2 hole behind and a 2some jumped in the gap on 13. We waited every shot the rest of the round. They were staff, were chatting with the attendants at the cart return area after they finished in front of us. Didn’t get our clubs cleaned

So the customer service left LOTS to be desired

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This course is in perfect condition and the shot values are incredible. Every hole is thrilling. Not one hole will you say, “oh that’s just alright”. Prepare to be beaten down and prepare to like it. I will be returning soon.

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The course really can't be any better the Fescue was high the fairways wear dry and the greens were fast what else would you want. Always play this course when I get a chance

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