Championship at Saratoga Spa State Park

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Value
4.4
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4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7145
Slope 130
Rating 74.4
Type Public
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7145 yards 74.4 130
Blue 72 6772 yards 72.2 128
White 72 6268 yards 69.8 128
Gold 72 5994 yards 68.9 124
Red 72 5514 yards 71.1 119
Scorecard for Saratoga Spa State Park Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.4/134 460 218 493 403 428 550 447 180 425 3604 360 212 495 427 398 227 413 559 450 3541 7145
Blue M: 72.6/128 440 186 483 373 415 542 398 171 415 3423 350 172 475 415 390 182 380 547 438 3349 6772
White M: 69.9/128 390 155 473 356 385 495 386 162 352 3154 340 162 464 364 347 166 370 507 394 3114 6268
Gold M: 66.5/112 W: 71.5/121 330 135 358 314 352 441 341 142 324 2737 320 137 425 340 308 148 330 453 343 2804 5541
Red W: 64.7/107 240 125 269 238 283 343 275 106 260 2139 259 127 332 271 260 93 240 352 268 2202 4341
Handicap 5 15 1 7 13 3 9 17 11 14 18 2 6 12 16 10 4 8
Par 4 3 5 4 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1936
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 12/01

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes - "Saratoga Spa Junior Golf Academy"
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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Reviews

4.4
8

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Highly enjoyable!

This is an update from my prior review. I don't know if any work was done, but the green complexes were outstanding. The good-sized greens have terrific slope and they were in great shape. The bunkers seem much improved. This course is in a very nice setting playing through the pines and the park, has fairly wide fairways and strategic options, and nice movement through a gently rolling property. It is an enjoyable classic.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Classic design in great shape!

The course was in great shape. It is maintained to promote quick play with low height of rough which helps out your score and your handicap.

I had not played the Spa course in 4 years and since then, they have modified the design of a few holes for the better.

All staff were very friendly and they have a well stocked pro shop with competitive pricing.

I would recommend this course to anyone, especially to those looking to lower your handicap index as I think the slope of 128 is overrated for the men's white tee box. I had my lowest round here!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor

Fun golf in a great setting

I would give it 3-1/2 stars. This course is in the Saratoga State Park and it is a beautiful setting as you play through stately tall pine trees. Although a parkland course there is plenty of room to hit driver off the tee. The course is in good shape and I enjoyed the front nine in particular. It has a nice variety of par-4s and 5s and is easy to walk. The par-3s were all about the same length (mid-iron distance) and the back nine started to feel more routine, but still very enjoyable. The greens get marked up a bit but otherwise are interesting with slopes and contours. A very good course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Classic

State course under private management and it shows from best bunkers in the area to mature trees throughout. Fun and challenging from the tips to the gold tees. New tenth green good improvement. Lot of play on weekends and Tee boxes show it. Best time to play is 3-4 PM; course usually wide open although track season is busy. Greens are large, well maintained and fair with subtle breaks. Only 2 water holes

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather

Pleasantly Pleased

Played for the first time today, got out right on time, paired with 3 nice players. Most tee boxes were in good shape, fairways smooth and lush, greens in great shape but a little slow. Played from the white tees, about 6300 yards. Fairways were hard, so got nice roll. Water on only 2 holes, bunkers were in beautiful shape. Greens has some deceptive break and rolled very true. Overall, a very pleasant round and would definitely play there again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Regaining It's Excellence

The Saratoga Spa course has long been a favorite but has needed upgrades for years. I'm very happy to say many improvements have been made with more to come which has restored this great old course to "championship". quality. It's a superb layout and now with a rebuilt 10th green, new sand and better conditioned fairways. Again a must play!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Must have been a rough winter

Great old course that suffered a bit this winter and spring rains. Still a long way from regaining "championship" caliber. Tee boxes were all sand and crabgrass, fairways not mowed with any distinction from first cut rough. Wonderful old resort setting and great quiet location = over priced, especially for visitors.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

This course in fun and a good value

Located in a beautiful state park, this course has an interesting and challenging layout. It was in good shape, but suffered a little do to lots of play. Being a popular course, with lots of walkers, on a beautiful September Saturday resulted in a round close to 5 hours. With this in mind it was fun and a good value.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
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