A scenic, 18-hole, par-72 course in the rolling green hills south of the city. Duffers can practice their driving late into ... More
Crystal Springs Golf Course
A scenic, 18-hole, par-72 course in the rolling green hills south of the city. Duffers can practice their driving late into the night thanks to a well lit range. Tee times can be arranged up to seven days in advance. Golf lessons are available, as are libations at the on-site restaurant and bar. The drive to get here can be as relaxing an experience as the golf game itself. You'll follow a winding road through the rustic heart of Silicon Valley.
What an amazing golf course. Nestled on the side of a picturesque valley, Crystal Springs offers not only challenging play, but some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen on a golf course. An older gentleman I played with said that in years past the course was in really poor coudition, but that was clearly not the case when I played last week. The greens were as supple, smooth, and fast as any I've played, and the fairways and rough were in good shape, too. A most enjoyable experience I would recommend to anyone.
Okay for weekday play, but weekend rates are overpriced
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 1/23/07
I'm a local, so I've played at many of the courses in the area. This course, I've only played once (mainly because of the rates). I found a weekday twilight tee time, so it was cheap. I figured, at this rate, it'll be worth trying out. However, even at this rate, I don't think I'll be playing it much. At the weekend price, I'm definitely not playing.
The fairways were good, but anything off the fairways were rough. I couldn't find balls that were just off the fairways because the roughs were so thick. One of the fairways was behind/next to the driving range, so there'd be balls flying over your head! (Who said bring a hardhat?) The lies defnitely make the course harder. Greens were challenging, so they were pretty interesting. The only thing that made the course worthwhile was the view. I played on a nice day, so there were great views of the scenery.
I liked the old course layout in the hills. A lot of uneven lies, but that is a part of the challenge. The fairways and tee boxes were in very good shape. The green were as well, with the exception of a few bumpy spots.
The pro shop staff was very friendly and helpful. We had a golfnow rate, and found it to be a very good bargain. I have played several more expensive courses in no better playing condition.
Great little practice facility. When I was there a half dozen deer were roaming the area. You had to place your shots around them, but they were obviously used to it.
The pub is small but probably adequate. A little broader breakfast and sandwich menu would be nice.
I left the view for last as it is amazing at spots overlooking the Crystal Spring Reservoir.
A savage winter kept the course from reaching its potential until late summer. Greens are very nice, with fairways improving by the day. Pace of play is 4.5 hours, which can be under 4.0 hours on early weekends. I have really enjoyed this course over the past two years. Disregard comments from 2005 about the "course being a construction zone". The cart paths were being completely redone at this time. This course plays more difficult than its rating due to the fact that you rarely have a level lie. Ball is almost always above or below your feet. Views are spectacular and wildlife is abundant, a really nice course to play!
I thought the course was much better than others have said. I've played many of the top course in the nation and this may not one of those, but the views are awesome. The course layout is tough plus there is only a little bit of useable land due to the nature preserve and the elevation changes. Others have said this course cost $80. I played during the week and think I paid only about $50. Fifty dollar is a nothing when a house the size of a two car garage costs $1m. This was the best value I saw on my last trip to SF. I spent more on a bottle of wine that I did to spend 4.5 hour on a pretty piece of land. The course is a municiple course if I remember correctly, so give them a break...
this is a golfers course. While appearing to be an easy course, you have got to have your wits and sticks with you. I think it is the most underrated course in the Bay Area. You won't play to your handicap here. Great improvements have been made Maybe a bit overpriced but aren't all Bay Area courses?Catch the course early in the morning and you will not be disappointed.
Ok, so I live in Chicago now but come back to San Mateo county for family visits and holidays. Crystal Springs is my top choice. Sure, it may be a bit overpriced but they can afford to be considering the alternatives (and I've played most in the surrounding area). Despite some of these reviews, the greens have always played fine and I am yet to see major construction interfering with play. The setting is beautiful (large water reservoir, deer on th course, plenty of trees)Give it a shot. You could do worse...believe me, I have.
This course is so way over-priced that it's not even funny! Greens fees at this dump should be around $40 bucks, not $80. Don't let the new cart paths and new bunkers fool you, it's still a goat track. My advice if you want to spend $80 is to go to up the street to the newly done San Francisco Muni course. (ex president)
Beautiful vistas, but the quality of the course was in stark contrast. Greens had just been "airated", the pro shop said they were puttable, NOT! and there was no break on the $80 greens fee .. and before 12 the price is the same, walk or ride. Cart paths and rough were in fair to poor condition. The facilities were from the 60's and looked it. Pace of play was ok.
This a $40/round course with $100 views. Take your photographs, then take your money and clubs somewhere else.
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