Saratoga Spa State Park, Championship Golf Course is a Public, 18 hole golf course located in Saratoga Springs, New York.
The original holes were opened in 1936. In the late 1950's, golf course architect William Mitchell designed the course enjoyed today.
Shortly after that, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player played a commemorative round to celebrate the reopening of the course. Set in a pine forest, the course derives much of its character from the majestic pines that frame several holes, creating a feeling of seclusion.
Par for the course is 72. From the back tees, the course plays to 7,145 yards. From the forward tees, the course measures 4,351 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 17, a par-5 that plays to 559 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 3, a par-8 that plays to 180 yards from the back tees.
Watch out for # 3, a 493-yard par-5 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole at Sarasota Championship Golf Course is # 11, a 212 yard par-3.
This course is both challenging and golfer friendly. They offer five sets of tees, and strongly encourage all golfers, regardless of gender, to choose the tees most appropriate for their golf game. While the course can be quite long, and there are numerous trees and bunkers, landing areas are ample, and the greens are large with moderate pace. The terrain is generally firm and flat, and the rough moderate. Much of the wooded area is kept clear of underbrush, and there are only a couple of water hazards. In addition to taking some of the strain out of the game, this helps to keep play flowing.
The play is very carefully monitored to maintain a pace of just less than 15 minutes per hole.
$51 (cart included), played on Saturday, June 2011 at 6am
This is a beautiful course to play. It is challenging but not overly so. I have played it many times and will continue to do so. The last time I played it was after torrential rains and still playable although there was some standing water on a few holes.
$36 (cart not included), played on Friday, September 2009 at 10am
The fairways were in fairly bad shape especially on the back nine. Course was pricey compared to other courses I have played in NY that were in better shape.
$76 (cart included), played on Sunday, August 2009 at 10am
price was $79 incl. cart....but not bad for august in saratoga...also included lunch at the turn
(cart included), played on Thursday, September 2008 at 2pm
I thoroughly enjoyed playing this course. It was my second of the day. I had played Saratoga National in the morning and although not as nice or challenging as National, $25 is definitely much less than the $130 I paid for National.
$21 (cart not included), played on Wednesday, September 2007 at 8pm
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