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 124 slope and 72.2 handicap rating, with three shorter tees.
Crystal Springs has an interesting layout with great scenery, and one of the better values in the area. The course is routed over 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 may be reachable in two, and one of the par 4's is only 298 yards and potentially drivable. There's not much water or sand in play, and overall is very straightforward.