Home Golfertainment Crystal Springs Resort to Host First NJ ‘GolfFest’

Family-friendly event, scheduled for May 16-18, to support PGA of America's 'Grow the Game' program.


“A lot of people talk about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

Mark Twain often gets credit for that quote, but the sentiment also can apply to the organizations dedicated to ways to entice a new generation of golfers. Until now, when Crystal Springs Resort  has announced a creative three-day plan to seek out more golfers.

The Hamburg resort, which boasts seven courses — including Ballyowen and Wild Turkey — a top-drawer spa, the northeast headquarters for  The David Leadbetter Golf Academy, and the four-start Restaurant Latour,  will host the inaugural “New Jersey GolfFest” from May 16 to May 18. Crystal Springs, which supports the PGA of America’s ‘Grow the Game’ programming, announced the program dedicated to giving participants of all ages and abilities the ability to use the entire TK-acre property to learn more about golf’s traditions — and some new inventions.

“The future of golf is now,” said Art Walton, Vice President Crystal Springs Resort. “We’re excited to bring the first annual New Jersey GolfFest to Crystal Springs Resort, which is already acclaimed for both innovative and growth initiatives.”

Spread throughout the resort’s seven premier golf courses, the event will feature instruction from the legendary Leadbetter, free club fittings and clinics, demos of the latest golf equipment, a seven-star membership competition, fun-filled family golf. If you’re ready for a 21st-century hybrid sport, bring your sneakers to try “FootGolf,” the hybrid game that allows soccer fans to kick the ball along the fairway before sinking “putts” into an oversized hole.

Hardcore golfers and newcomers alike will able to take advantage of sales on clothing, clubs and other golf gear. The fest also will feature a beer-and-BBQ party, featuring a variety of BBQ and craft beers, live entertainment, golf trick-shot artists, and other events.

Some of golf’s more popular and influential golf companies, including Adidas, Game Golf, Golfboard, GoPro, Leupold, Neoteric Hovercraft, Nike Golf, Oakley, Orange County Golf Carts, TaylorMade, Titleist, U.S. Kids Golf, and Vecci.

Among the special events are:


  • New Jersey Long Drive Championship Qualifier  Think you have what it takes to go long? Bring your “big dog” and see how far — and straight — you can hit the ball in the competition. The winner will earn a membership that allows them to play all seven Crystal Springs courses. If you want to see how it’s really done, three-time REMAX World Long Drive Championship Finalist Matthew “Hoss” Vilade will blast the ceremonial first drive and give a demonstration of his power.
  • Hickory and Scotch Golf Tournament  Ever wonder what it was like to play before golf clubs were made of revolutionary metals? Players in the Scotch Foursome format event at Ballyowen Golf Course must play an entire hole using circa 1932 hickory-shafted clubs. If the Scotch Foursome didn’t go so well, the post-round Irish-style feast and Scotch whisky sampling should help make all shots seem better.
  • Friday Night Lights  Once the daylight disappears, this evening event at Black Bear Golf Course features a three-club Challenge, Hit the Range Picker, Ultimate Putting Contest, and SNAG Golf. Just along for the visit? No worries, grilling fans can sink their teeth into the “Big Burger Bitedown”.


  • An Evening with David Leadbetter Leadbetter will invite guests to have an up-close-and-personal perspective of the golf world as seen by a teaching legend. Guests then take a journey of a different kind when Leadbetter escorts them into the resort’s award-winning wine cellar to try world-class wines and hors d’oeuvres from four-star Restaurant Latour.
  • David Leadbetter Experience Four golfers will have a personal, once-in-a-lifetime golf experience with the famed instructor. Leadbetter will work with them at his training center, then play nine holes of golf with them on the acclaimed Wild Turkey Golf Course. Lunch at the Chef’s Garden follows the event.
  • New Jersey Putting Championship  The 18-hole natural grass Grand Cascades Putting Course will be the site for all comers vying for the title of “best GolfFest putter”. The top four qualifiers compete for big prizes and a seven-course membership in an 18-hole final.

Saturday and Sunday, May 17, 18

Kitchell on Kinesiology – Seminars offered Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18

Gary Kitchell, a nationally certified golf-performance therapist, will work with NJ GolfFest visitors to learn more about how to get prepare to get the best out of your golf games (because, no matter what anyone says, golf is a sport). Kitchell will show visitors how the pros train to meet the demands of the modern game of golf.


  • Parent-Junior Golf Tournament  A golf event for all ages as families compete for the title of Top Family at the kick-off event for the 2014 season at Minerals Golf Club, one of the Top 12 Short Courses in America. The course features oversized cups for the kids and has four-seater carts that can fit the whole family.
  • New Jersey FootGolf Open Presented by the American FootGolf League (not to be confused with the “foot wedge” league), athletes not ready to hang up their cleats can learn about this hybrid of golf and soccer. FootGolf is two sports rolled into one — combining the precision and power of both sports to create one playing experience.

Crystal Springs Resort will donate a portion of GolfFest ticket sales to local fire, police and EMT organizations. For more information and ticket sales, visit www.CrystalGolfResort.com.


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