Crystal Springs Resort to Add Leadbetter Golf Academy

David Leadbetter

Hardyston, N.J.  – Crystal Springs Resort, the Northeast’s premier golf resort destination located in the mountains of northern New Jersey less than 50 miles from Manhattan, announced March 8 it will be the newest home of the world-renowned David Leadbetter Golf Academy.

The Crystal Springs location will become Leadbetter’s primary base of operation in the northeastern United States. Delivering a philosophy that is flexible to golfers of all levels – from beginner to Tour professional – the Leadbetter Golf Academy has evolved into a global brand found in 28 full-time locations in 13 countries, including five states in the U.S. 

The world’s No. 1 golf instructor and coach to numerous players on the PGA, European PGA, LPGA and Champions tours, Leadbetter is known throughout the world for his innovative and creative teaching techniques.  Over the past 30 years, his players have amassed more than a dozen major championship titles and more than 100 individual worldwide tournament victories.  Notable students include Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas and Michelle Wie.

“I am really excited about the opening of my newest David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Crystal Springs Resort in New Jersey this spring,” Leadbetter said.  “This premier golf and spa resort offers something for everyone, and we are looking forward to helping golfers of all ages and abilities reach their potential while enjoying themselves and everything the resort has to offer” 

At Crystal Springs Resort, the Leadbetter Academy will offer a variety of mini schools, players’ schools, retreats, private sessions and improved performance programs. 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.

 “The pairing of our golf facilities and expertise with David Leadbetter and his excellent instructors is a milestone in Crystal Springs’ golf history,” said Art Walton, vice president of golf operations for Crystal Springs Resort.  “A partnership of this magnitude is rare and will greatly enrich our stellar portfolio of golf offerings which includes the No. 1 public course in the state and the most golf courses of any Northeast resort.”

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, Great Gorge, Wild Turkey and Minerals.

“The timing of our partnership with David Leadbetter is extraordinary,” Walton added.  “This relationship follows the remarkable expansion of the Resort with the acquisition of the nationally renowned Mountain Creek ski resort.  In addition to golf and Mountain Creek, the amenity package we offer includes one of the nation’s best wine cellars, an award-winning four-star restaurant, two of the top spas in New Jersey … and now the world’s top golf instructor.”

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