Established in 1907, Spa Golf Club moved to its present location sixty years after its formation, when a new 9-hole course was inaugurated. This layout was extended to the current 18-hole configuration in 1989.
Playing to a par of 72 with an overall yardage in excess of 6,500 yards from the back tees, the Spa course at Ballynahinch is an engaging parkland track with a nicely balanced set of par threes at holes 2, 8, 12 and 17.
The last of these short holes, “Slieve Croob,” is a potential card wrecker so late in the round. The severe slope in front of the tiered green will repel anything other than a precise tee shot, resulting in an inevitable bogey or worse.
Genuinely like this course, its tough and narrow and long. Course was quite damp in places, but the greens and fairways were perfect. There is a great variety of holes, and lots of slopes and hill. Good value. I will definitely play it again.