Crystal Springs Golf Course Review
72.2 rating; 127 slope
Review by GolfTop18
Rating: 3 out of 5
Year Last Reviewed: 2012
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Crystal Springs Golf Course Overview: Located just off the 280 freeway between San Jose and San Francisco, this tight, tree-lined course is situated on the hills above the reservoir that gives the golf course its name. It affords views on a few holes and lots of deer, but the course mostly sticks to the formula of requiring a drive between the trees to set up approaches to the fairly accessible greens. The best golf holes are reviewed below:
Crystal Springs Hole 1: The first drive of the day is unnerving for several reasons. First, there is OB via the driving range to the right. Second, there is OB left in the form of the main road to the golf course. Third, the tee box is about 15 yards from the pro shop window and putting green, so lots of people are watching. There is also the small hedge to clear, which I'm sure has been pummeled before. Although the fairway is wide, the real trick is staying clear of the enormous tree to left side of the fairway.
Crystal Springs Hole 2: This tough driving hole is tight and the bunker on the right side must be avoided at all costs. From the fairway, the hole turns right and uphill to an undulating green with a large bunker to the right.
Crystal Springs Hole 6: The best hole on the course provides commanding views of the reservoir from the tee box but the golfer can't be distracted as the tee shot is tough. The hole is downhill and doglegs left around the out of bounds. The more of the corner that is cut (there are no trees to speak of), the shorter the approach will be to the green, which is fairly open without a lot of trouble.
Crystal Springs Hole 9: The closing hole to the front nine is extremely challenging. At over 450 yards, that is enough to jeopardize a good score, but it is also very right with huge trees blocking the corner of the slight dogleg. Making matters worse, there is OB on both sides of the hole, which pinches in severely on the left at the green. The green itself is undulating and has a bunker right and steep hillside left and long.
Crystal Springs Hole 14: The most difficult hole on the inward nine features a long dogleg left drive with heavy trees right and left. Any spray will leave little chance of going for the green in regulation, so two very solid shots are required to have any chance at par. The green has a large bunker short and left to reject wayward shots.
Crystal Springs Hole 18: The finishing hole is the most interesting of the final three relatively straight golf holes to end the day. It is relatively wide with a couple of bunkers to avoid on the tee shot, but the green is elevated so some precision is required to avoid the hillsides to the left and long of the final putting surface of the day.