The town of Marsa, situated around the innermost creek of Grand Harbour, is the nerve centre of Malta's engineering and transportation activities including Malta Shipbuilding Yard and a flourishing industrial estate.
Marsa has a large Sports Complex which includes a modern horse-racing course, polo fields and the National Athletic Stadium. It is also home to the Marsa Sports Club, a non-profit private members’ club run by a Main Committee of Management which has overall control of all the Sections and Ancillary Clubs. The various sections and ancillary clubs in turn have their own Committees responsible for the practise of the relevant sporting discipline.
The United Services Sports Club , as it was known back then, was inaugurated on the 15th August 1902 to provide various sporting facilities, as well as to serve as a recreational centre for the British Forces stationed on the Island.
In 1971, the Club, under the first Maltese Chairman to hold this Honourable post opened its doors to the public and since then the Club has evolved into a multi-sporting complex boasting the only Cricket pitch and Golf Course in Malta.
Club facilities also include 19 tennis courts, 5 squash courts, a large swimming pool, billiards tables, croquet, a fitness studio, excellent catering facilities and above all a friendly and wholesome family atmosphere for the 2,500 membership of all nationalities and from all walks of life for most of whom the Club is like a second home. The Club also welcomes many visitors every year and has a generally open doors policy to facilitate entry for prospective members and visitors alike.
The Royal Malta Golf Club was founded in 1888 when it was accorded Royal status – one of only 66 Royal Clubs worldwide. It moved to its current site from Valletta in 1904 and was extended to provide 18 holes in the 1950s. It is a private members’ club with some 500 members including an active Junior Academy. The course offers 18 holes of golf in stunning, historical, landscaped grounds, which are maintained daily. Today at par 68, the course is a good challenge for the more experienced, without being unkind to the novice. The local professional manages a Golf Shop in the clubhouse, providing equipment for sale and hire as well as booking tee times.
The combined townships of Tarxien and Paola are a short distance away from Marsa. These are essentially residential towns; but also house busy commercial outlets as well as engineering and industrial enterprises.
Tarxien and Paola, however, are more renowned for the unique archaeological sites within their confines, viz: The Tarxien Neolithic Temples and the Hypogeum. These exceptional monuments testify to Malta's prehistoric civilisation.
The position of the two sites so near to each other, leads one to deduce that the Tarxien/Paola territory must have been a dwelling place, and an active cultural and religious centre during the Neolithic period. Unfortunately, the whole area is now built on, and further excavations and archaeological ventures are no longer feasible.
The Hypogeum was primarily an underground cemetery. It seems that the burial tradition in the locality has been maintained to this day, as evinced by the three burial grounds in the vicinity, viz: The Addolorata Catholic Cemetery and the neighbouring Moslem and Jewish Cemeteries.