Ballantrae Golf Club
|III (W)||72||6334 yards||75.3||125|
|IV (W)||72||5764 yards||72.0||118|
|V (W)||72||5166 yards||68.4||113|
|Black M: 74.5/130||429||601||206||579||144||430||566||232||459||3646||392||550||405||620||232||447||375||180||463||3664||7310|
|Blue M: 72.0/125||400||591||180||546||138||407||548||210||426||3446||359||523||365||563||221||419||350||158||454||3412||6858|
|Gold M: 69.6/123||366||549||156||497||128||378||517||184||385||3160||324||508||340||531||185||390||322||136||438||3174||6334|
|White M: 67.2/114||334||520||148||464||118||340||488||158||349||2919||304||471||305||498||172||343||283||128||341||2845||5764|
|Yellow W: 68.8/117||297||491||128||430||106||306||437||136||299||2630||251||430||270||466||154||307||234||106||318||2536||5166|
From behind par-5 2nd hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 08/13/2018
Par-5 11th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 08/13/2018
Par-3 14th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 08/13/2018
From behind par-4 16th green Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 08/13/2018
Par-3 14th Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 01/19/2017
18th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 01/19/2017
Par-3 17th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 01/19/2017
Turret from #17 tee box Photo submitted by yelpreviewer on 03/25/2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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
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!
Fun Course, Great Shape.
Challenging but fair course. Course staff was very friendly and helpful.
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.