By Jill Nagy
Golfers and members of the general public alike are discovering a new restaurant at the Ballston Spa Country Club.
Iron’s Edge, located at 1366 Amsterdam Road (Route 67) in Milton, serves lunch and dinner seven days a week at the clubhouse and in addition, has an auxiliary kitchen at the turn of the golf course for players who cannot wait until after they finish their round.
The restaurant is owned and operated by Chad Dorrough and Chris McCarthy, who also operate The Hideaway at Saratoga Lake Golf Club in Stillwater. They opened The Hideaway in 2019. Iron’s Edge has been open since April.
Although the golf club is private, non-members can play Monday through Thursday. The restaurant is open to the public everyday.
The owners see many of the same customers week after week, according to Dorrough, as many of the more than 400 club members make a habit of stopping at Iron’s Edge. He said that is different from their experience at The Hideaway, located on a public course with more of a turnover of players.
Iron’s Edge has both indoor and outdoor seating and a full bar. They can seat up to 80 people in the dining room and another 40 at the bar. There is additional seating on two decks and in a gazebo.
Patrons of The Hideaway will find a familiar menu at Iron’s Edge, including their signature fried chicken sandwich, lobster ravioli, flatiron steak and Buffalo rangoon (Buffalo chicken dip in an egg roll wrapper). All are prepared in house, Dorrough said.
So far, he said, “we’re doing well. In the beginning, we had a little struggle with kitchen staff. But we have righted that ship.”
They have a staff of 25 to 30 employees, about half the size of the staff at The Hideaway.
Currently, Iron’s Edge is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They may open for breakfast during the Saratoga Race Course season. Plans are to remain open year-round even though the golf club closes in the winter.
Both Dorrough and his co-owner are from the Saratoga area. He grew up in Schuylerville and now lives in Malta. McCarthy is from Niskayuna and now lives in Saratoga Springs.
The telephone number for Iron’s Edge is 518 602-9995.