Crystal Springs was designed by Scottish golf course architect William Herbert Fowler in 1924 with redesign work by William F. Bell, and Robert Muir Graves. The course is located just 30 minutes south of San Francisco, and plays to 6,628 yards from the back tees with a 123 slope and 72.2 handicap rating.
Crystal Springs has an interesting layout with great scenery, and one of the lower cost courses in the area. The course is laid out on rolling hills adjoining a wildlife sanctuary above the Crystal Springs reservoir. Drives to narrow fairways influenced by the slope of the hills are easily pushed off line, and the greens are quite small and fast. The par 5's are reachable in two, and one of the par 4's is only 298 yards and is drivable. There's not much water or sand, and in wet weather the course tends to get a bit soft, and conditions are never pristine, but tolerable.