The Golf Club at Ballantyne – Played 2015
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 10000 Ballantyne Commons, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Year: 1997
- Architect: Land Design & Shape Makers
- Course Access: Resort
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Blue: 6,740 yards, Par 71, 71.7 Rating/132 Slope
- White: 6,125 yards, Par 71, 69.1 Rating/128 Slope (Men), 75.3 Rating/140 Slope (Women)
- Green: 5,400 yards, Par 71, 66.1 Rating/121 Slope (Men), 71.2 Rating/130 Slope (Women)
- Red: 4,760 yards, Par 71, 62.8 Rating/110 Slope (Men), 66.9 Rating/117 Slope (Women)
In case you missed it, the Clemson Tigers had quite the season on the football field in 2015! The boys came up just short against Alabama and I am not over it yet. They won the ACC Championship in Charlotte on the first weekend of December. The wife and I took advantage of the proximity and took Friday off of work. That allowed us to play The Golf Club at Ballantyne with her brother. It turned out to be a great day weather-wise and a great warm-up for the Clemson win the next day.
I couldn’t find a ton of information about the course from their website. I wish more courses would give detailed histories that are easy to find. It would really make it easier on me! I did find that the course is Audubon certified. Also, the course is home to the Dana Rader Golf School. Rader is annually listed as one of if not the best teacher n North Carolina.
Hole 1 – 400 yards – Par 4
The opening tee shot requires you to hit one solidly. On this chilly day I knew I would be hitting a longer second shot. The left edge of the distant building is a good line.
The second hole was playing shorter than the listed yardage. The hole bends to the right as you can see. A fade plays well here. If you don’t have that shot it’s okay since there is more than enough room in the fairway for other shot shapes.
You have options on this tee. You can bomb one for a shorter second shot or dial it back for safety. The fairway narrows the farther you go. A slight draw plays best. Beware the hill with trees on the right as your ball may get stuck there. It is no picnic from there.
The first short hole is a pretty one. I like the look of green grass against the dormant brown grass. Deep bunkers front the green providing the protection on this shot. The creek is only in play on poorly struck shots.
This one is reachable, but requires an accurate shot. The fairway drops off on the left and with trees present it will be difficult to get home from there. If you can play a power fade here it will set up a good chance to get on in two.
We had something funny happen here. My wife was in the front bunker and caught her shot thin. Well she rocketed the ball over the pond and into the building you see below on one hop. I am sure the people inside working and outside on their smoke break were quite startled. We were all cracking up about it for most of the next hole. Needless to say, she didn’t attempt to retrieve her ball as she was doubled over laughing in the bunker.
The landing area is semi-blind on this tee shot. Misses to the right can go down a hill into the previous hole. A drive up the left side if the preferred play.
When you crest the hill you catch a glimpse of the green. The second shot plays downhill over a dip in the land. There is a big hill of the right side of the green that will filter mishits quite far away from the putting surface.
I thought this green was pretty small for being a longer hole. At this time of year I would imagine many players are hitting mid to long irons which makes for a difficult shot. You can see the hump on the left front of the green.
The second par three on the front plays downhill and a bit shorter than its yardage. There is not much room behind the green. We got waved through on the next tee so I didn’t get any pictures of the eighth.
The closer on the front plays to another blind landing area. Overall the hole bends to the right. There is more room out there than it looks.
The back nine starts with a short hole over the water. There is room to bail out left if you have to, but you will be faced with a tough up and down.
This shorter par four provides a legitimate birdie opportunity. You can go through the fairway so play a draw if you can.
The approach plays to an undulating green. You will want to hit the proper tier to have a make-able putt. The bunker is a difficult shot, but also beware of the bush behind the flag seen here. It is just off the putting surface.
While the yardage is short, the hole plays entirely uphill. The way the tee is angled you will want to play a draw. You will be blocked out if you miss to the right.
This hole continues from the last hole with the theme of elevation change. Due to the downhill the shot plays less that the listed yardage. The two bunkers guard the green closely.
The tee shot here is pinched in by trees and the fairway falling off. The hole fits a fade, but gives you other options. The shadows were starting to set in here.
Here is a closer look that lets you see the bunkering. It also demonstrates the proximity of the water in the bottom right. Misses to the left will be among the grassy hills and provide some challenge.
This hole didn’t fit my eye as much. The woods are tight on the right side. The hill on the left will filter pulled shots back to the fairway. You don’t need driver here depending on wind and conditions.
We have a longer par three here, but you are helped out by the downslope. I played this maybe half a club shorter than the yardage. The bunkers on the left are the main defense other than the length.
For a long iron shot the green is not overly large. Accuracy is paramount, but it you have to miss I would say right is better. The up and down is easier from the rough and the green isn’t running away from you.
Birdie time! From our tees this is definitely go time. The water to the left is apparent, but if you can put a good drive out there you will be in good shape. I really like the look of this one with my draw.
The home hole is one of the more picturesque. The hotel looms over the hole and provided a nice ambiance. You don’t need driver here and I would argue three wood is the smartest play. You can take it directly over the right side of the bridge you see in the photo.
This course was very fun! It was in great shape even though it was the dormant season. I have heard it is always in very good condition, which is good to hear. I imaging they can get the greens very fast. So far, this is my favorite public course that I have played in the Charlotte area.