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About

Holes 18
Type Municipal
Par 72
Length 7310 yards
Slope 125
Rating 74.2

Course Details

Year Built 2004
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bob Cupp (2004)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes - 10 grass tees
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire is required for all players.

Reviews

3.8
13 Reviews (13)
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Twilight rate at Ballantrae provides awesome value

Ballantrae’s greens are the best I’ve ever seen them. They are firm and roll beautifully (pay attention to grain) yet hold well-struck approaches.

Course drained well despite a good bit of rain the night before and off and on rain during the round. Never encountered standing water.

Liked the pink flags in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Nice touch.

$40 afternoon rate w/ cart is one of the best values in Birmingham right now. Brilliant move by management in a highly-crowded and competitive public golf market.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

The course’s greens are in the middle of healing from aerification a week ago. They still were a little bumpy, but all in all they were fine and should be normal in a week or so.

Course was very wet from overnight rains, so it was CPO, which made for a lot of walking. Fairways were in really good shape otherwise.

Cupp really gets crazy with a couple of the green complexes, particularly Nos. 2, 8, and 12. The par 5s are not overly long from the III tees.

Good mixture of straight holes and ones that move from left right to left, so right-handed players that draw the ball will enjoy this layout.

The course is taking $10 off the rate through the end of the week in lieu of the recent aerification.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful Course, Friendly Staff, Great Value!

Course was in excellent condition. Staff was friendly and attentive. Not a lot of roll on the fairways (starter mentioned this) which challenged my distance a bit, it greens were excellent - not super speedy, but quick and rolling true.

Saw a negative review about that the course had “gone down” - I saw no evidence of that. Seems to be well taken care of and was quite fun to play. I will return.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Shame

Since the city of Pelham bought this course it has gone steadily down hill. Plastic mats on concrete on the driving range, Thin grass and crab grass in the fairways. Thankfully the greens are still kept in excellent shape but the rest of the course reminds of a cheap inner city course. NOT worth $54.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Well-maintained, fair course

Ballantrae is a hidden gem in the Birmingham area. The course is not tricky, but will keep you honest. The layout winds through the Ballantrae community and uses the format of 3-par 5's, 3-par 4's, and 3-par 3's per 9 holes. Course is owned by city of Pelham and is well maintained. Staff is excellent. Enjoy!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Should play here more often

I seem to say the same thing to myself after finishing every round here: why don't I play here more often? Probably because it is across town from me, and in the peak season it is very crowded and can make for long days. However, this is an excellent upscale public option in metro Birmingham. The Bob Cupp design is simply fun. Fairways are generous, but the rough can be thick in the summer, though it was much more benign today in its' dormancy. Tees were overseeded and lush. Greens are grainy but rolled good. Highlights: No. 2 is a really well-designed par 5, offering the opportunity to reach the green in two if you hug the left side of the fairway off the elevated tee. There's plenty of room out to the right, but because the hole plays in a semi-circle (think tee off at 7 o'clock and play your way around to 11 o'clock) it will play longer. The back nine is stronger, beginning with a short par 4, followed by the reachable par-5 11th. The two par 3s on the back are remarkable. The 14th plays longer than it reads on the card and looks from an elevated tee. No. 17 is decidedly shorter and plays to a peninsula green fronted by water. The 18th is one of the tougher closing holes in town. You won't find a water hazard to distract you, just a long, deceptively uphill journey toward the clubhouse. It was wet, but this course drains better than neighboring Timberline. Impending rain also kept many away, which made for a quick round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

I don't like #17

Ballantrae is owned and operated by the City of Pelham, but this is not your typical municipal golf experience. This is a modern, semi-private club that is nicer than many private clubs. The clubhouse is new and clean, and literally looks like a castle. The staff and service is outstanding.

The course winds through a housing development that has some gorgeous homes. The fairways are wide and forgiving. These three holes are my nemesis (#2, #15 and #18). Hole #2 is a par 5 that has a tiered green with lots of slopes. #15 is a par 3 that has a pond that is a ball magnet. And, #18 is a long uphill hole where bogey is a good score.

Ballantrae is hard to access. From interstate I-65, you wind through residential neighborhoods with multiple stop signs. But, it is definitely worth the trip.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

fun layout, great conditions

very fun course, 5 par 5's and 5 par 3's, so lots of birdie opportunities. course is in good shape and price is very good. great course!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful Course...Do you have 6 Hrs to play 18 Holes???

Nice course...problem was it was so slow that it would have taken us appx 6 hrs to finish 18 holes. Teed off at 2:30 (2 golfers) and at 6:30 we had 5 holes left to play. Had to wait a stupid long time on each t-box. When I asked the staff if I could get a raincheck for the 5 holes, They chuckled at me. Clubhouse was closed so I couldn't talk to a real person or even get a coke or a water. (they wont let you bring your own) ... I wont be going back , nor will I recommend the course to Anyone!

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful Course

This is by far my favorite course in the state of AL. i like it more than the RTJ's around Alabama. Play here, you will see what I mean

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

One of Birmingham's best public courses

fairways are perfect and generally pretty wide open. There are lots of choices for tees, so you can pick what works at your skill level. There are some very interesting and challenging holes, and in some cases some pretty dramatic changes in elevation. The one complaint I might have, and it's minor. is that the greens are really firm, so it's hard to hold the ball sometimes. But they are nearly perfect and roll very true. I'll be back to Ballantrae, and very soon!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun Course, Great Shape.

Challenging but fair course. Course staff was very friendly and helpful.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Great golf course

Ballantrae is usually in excellent shape, but it does not seem to drain very well when it gets heavy rain. The greens are in great shape and usually run pretty fast. It is one of my favorite courses. There are a couple of reachable par 5s and the par 3 greens are very large and undulating.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
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