Great Gorge Reborn as Retro Golf Experience

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The 1970s are back and in full swing at Crystal Spring’s Great Gorge Country Club, where the retro-chic interior design of the clubhouse rekindles the “Playboy” atmosphere that Hugh Hefner originally created.

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The 1970s are back and in full swing at Crystal Spring’s Great Gorge Country Club, where the retro-chic interior design of the clubhouse rekindles the “Playboy” atmosphere that Hugh Hefner originally created.

Opened in 1970 as an amenity to Hefner’s famed Great Gorge Playboy Club, the extraordinary George Fazio-designed 27-hole golf course continues to stand the test of time. And now golfers can step off the course and onto the shag carpet that is part of the Playboy setting at Great Gorge.

Great Gorge has channeled Hef’s mojo to shake up things. Among the new amenities and 70s touches include psychedelic wallpaper, casual nightclub style seating; a totally groovy outside deck perfect for mingling and group gatherings; funky new merchandise selections, featuring Loudmouth® golf apparel and very cool shades.

The three nines include the Quarryside Course (playing through spectacular rock outcroppings and diverse water hazards), the Lakeside Course (set amid sparkling lakes and mature trees, with dramatic elevation changes), and the Railside Course (the most scenic nine and also, the most forgiving, as strategically protected green sites are sculpted into the dramatic terrain).

To open up the 2012 season, golf groups may take advantage of the Vintage 1970’s golf package. This package and special rate is for golf groups of 16 or more and is priced at $70 per person for:

  •         18 holes of golf with a cruisin' cart
  •      Unlimited range balls
  •      Yardage book
  •      $5 Pro Shop Credit
  •      Pabst Blue Ribbon Keg at the 19th hole
  •      Burgers n' dogs, saucy salads & Hef's famous cheesecake
  •      Coffee, tea and TAB    

To book your golf group and get the season off to a groovy start, call (973) 827-4357 or email GolfOutings(at)crystalgolfresort(dot)com.

Crystal Springs Resort brings the best public golf facilities in New Jersey together to form the northeast’s premier golf destination. Golfers can choose from seven award-winning layouts designed by some of the game’s best architects including Roger Rulewich, George Fazio, Robert von Hagge and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The lineup includes: Ballyowen, recognized as the No. 1 course in the state of New Jersey, and named among the “Top 50 Resort Golf Courses in the U.S.” by Golfweek; Black Bear, Cascades, Crystal Springs, Wild Turkey, Minerals and of course, Great Gorge.

Crystal Springs Resort is conveniently located just one hour from New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). It’s also easily accessible from LaGuardia and JFK, as well as by numerous private aviation facilities.

About Crystal Springs Resort located in Vernon and Hardyston, New Jersey, is an upscale four-season leisure and residential resort, including Grand Cascades Lodge and sister property Minerals Hotel. Crystal Springs Resort combines luxury accommodations, natural mountain beauty, and a wide array of amenities including: seven renowned golf courses; four-star Restaurant Latour; Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine cellar; two full-service spas ranked in the top 30 spas in America; the state-of-the-art Minerals Sports Club; multiple indoor and outdoor pools, including the distinctive Biosphere Pool Complex with an underground aquarium, tropical foliage and free form nature pools; Mountain Creek with 167 skiable acres on four mountain peaks, 100% night skiing, the region's most extensive snowmaking system and overnight lodging at The Appalachian; plus a plethora of sophisticated venues for meetings, weddings and catered events. Resort attractions include Mountain Creek Waterpark and Bike Park, Zipline and Mountain Coaster.

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