Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 1
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Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 1
The par-4 first hole at Saratoga National Golf Club is relatively tame. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 5
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Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 5
The fifth hole at Saratoga National Golf Club is a par 3 over wetlands. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 10
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Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 10
The par-5 10th hole at Saratoga National Golf Club requires two forced perpendicular carries. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 14
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Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 14
The par-4 14th green at Saratoga National Golf Club is well defended by bunkers. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 15
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Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 15
The par-3 15th at Saratoga National Golf Club, with a lake backdrop, is the most photogenic of the 18 holes. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs
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Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs
Saratoga National Golf Club was designed by Roger Rulewich, a protege of Robert Trent Jones Sr. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs - horse
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Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs - horse
Saratoga National Golf Club is located in horse country, evidenced by this horse statue at the halfway house grill. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Saratoga National Golf Club - clubhouse
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Saratoga National Golf Club - clubhouse
Saratoga National Golf Club boasts private club-worthy amenities, including a clubhouse with full locker rooms and a steakhouse. Courtesy of Saratoga National Golf Club
Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 18
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Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 18
The 18th hole at Saratoga National Golf Club is a long, uphill par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 14
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Saratoga National Golf Club - hole 14
The par-4 14th hole at Saratoga National Golf Club requires a carry over marsh off the tee. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Saratoga National Golf Club is a tournament-ready, upscale public golf course just minutes from downtown Saratoga Springs, New York. The course opened in 2001 and was designed by Roger Rulewich, a former apprentice of Robert Trent Jones Sr. The golf course sits on relatively flat land, filled with trees and water hazards. Sixteen tee shots require a forced carry, including each of the four long par 3s. Saratoga National Golf Club plays more than 7,200 yards from the championship tees, though there are four sets total.

The back nine features the signature par-3 15th hole, a shot to a peninsula green with a long, lake backdrop. Saratoga National Golf Club is most known for its outstanding facilities and service. The 33,000-square-foot clubhouse features a steakhouse and full locker room facilities. Golf carts include GPS, and green fees include range balls and spike replacement in your shoes if you wish.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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Consider Saratoga National Golf Club, in the heart of New York horse racing country, for the royal treatment after you win a little cash on the ponies. The Roger Rulewich design offers top amenities and a private-club feel at a public venue, rated among the best of its class in the region. It's challenging and scenic, playing through forest and around lots of water, especially on the treacherous back nine. Visit Saratoga National to feel like a high roller for the afternoon, Brandon Tucker writes.
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