Hamburg, New Jersey
Ballyowen Golf Club
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105 Wheatsworth Rd
Hamburg, NJ 07419-2607, United States
Owned and operated by Crystal Springs Resort, Ballyowen has been ranked highly by Golfweek, PubLinks, Zagat, New Jersey Monthly, NJ Golf and The Jersey Golfer, and 15th among the 50 Most Popular Courses in the US by Zagat. This Roger Rulewich design opened in June 1998 and suggests a links-style layout with rolling farmland, craggy knolls, and almost treeless fairways.
The resort has a toll-free telephone for U.S. callers, 888.647.0807.
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BlameMe - 12/21/13
Not a bad place, played it for the first time at winter rates ($70 walking) and to be honest that could be a year round price, its not worth much more or any better than Royce Brook, Berkshire Valley or some of the other courses in the resort its linked with. Pace of play was great but that was because of the time of year and the fact only 9 other players were out on the course at the time. Very cold day but that did not spoil the fun. Everything was in great shape, fairway to green. A very fair course and not as hard to play as I thought, will go back now I know its layout though not during the expensive months. The one person on duty was as accommodating as one could be, sending us out on the back while the other foursome went out the front.
c5agalb - 9/21/13
Ballyowen is a more upscale course design then many North Jersey Courses, I liked it the best of the Crystal Springs courses, But course conditions did not warrant the rack rate price they charge. That's why it took almost 10 years to play it. Its both challenging and fair. I liked that fairways are not just straight and narrow, but almost sculpted. Enjoyed my round, but think Berkshire Valley is somewhat comparable and alot less expensive.
douglugg - 7/31/13
finally got to play this place. Its rad but I dont understand how people would pay 135 bucks to play golf. This.isnt.aspen.
super twilight rate is where its at, if you have the rewards card.
Played blues, which scared me, being my 2nd yr, but i did well considering and kept up with everyone else :). Fun, challenging stuff.
Matt Otskey - 6/12/12
Pace of play is absolutely horrible. The rangers do not enforce pace of play. I suppose because they do not want to lose any $120 paying customers. Way over priced! I wouldn't suggest playing this course unless you are paying the twilight rates.
fderrico24 - 12/14/11
a fair test with challenging terrain. Greens were not in the best condition; no long fescue as late November special drove us from south eastern Nassau County. Would like to give it a second shot in peak season.
Would consider buying partial membership if not for the travel time.
BTW the bagpipes and hospitality ARE a treat.
kevinmcfl - 10/26/11
Beautiful course but wait for twilgiht rates. The Par 3's our tough with water coming into play on most. Tough greens make up for a rather short course.
iplawyertx - 9/13/09
One trip to Ballyowen and you can see why it's the #1 Public Course in NJ. The layout is top-notch, with diverse holes that present a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. We also got a break from the big time price tag of $135 (weekend) by bagging an online special- though I would go back in a heartbeat for full price, the course is that beautiful. Impeccably maintained even late in the season, and a day after receiving 2 inches of rain the course still played reasonably firm- greens are quick, but not too quick and the fairways were perfect.
Shawn N - 6/11/09
A wonderfully maintianed course, but can be a little expensive. It is a great course to play if you can get a reduced rate or a twilight rate. Fairways are soft and the greens can be difficult depending on the flag, and green speed is average.
pkirk - 12/4/08
Average links-style golf course in excellent condition (due to limited play) because of extremely expensive rates.
Other courses in Vernon Valley area are better values. Who cares about bagpipes.
Bigs715 - 5/21/15
Best Score: 71