Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club
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|Blue M: 72.1/121||350||483||135||562||160||420||341||470||351||3272||475||177||335||420||340||212||494||464||425||3342||6614|
|White M: 69.7/119 W: 70.7/121||330||470||110||475||130||410||315||385||315||2940||430||165||335||380||300||195||485||450||400||3140||6080|
|Red W: 69.2/117||320||445||105||465||110||420||285||350||315||2815||420||145||240||330||300||175||475||445||375||2905||5720|
Like a warm, inland Ireland
Even though my golf game tuck-and-rolled out of the SUV somewhere between Denver and Holyoke, I nevertheless had a blast in our 24 hours at Ballyneal. The main course is about as Irish as it gets with the exception of no sea breeze. The ball runs and bounces like crazy and the dunes are high and dramatic. Few flat lies are to be had in the fairway or shots from the same elevation. Doak's greens are wild for sure. I found myself trying fun shots instead of the practical or smart shot most of the time. Truth is, this is a course that is a shame to play only one time, there is too much to soak in and consider. That's precisely the point here, as it's a member's club (most members are members at 2-3 clubs) where most come for a night or two and play all their feet will allow.
New ownership have recently installed a putting course, Mulligan par-3 course and more lodging. The fescue greens are now a bent-poa mix. This place seems to be really hitting its stride.
The ultimate golf hideaway
Ballyneal, what a cool place. Just like Bandon, Ballyneal has golfers' DNA down pat.
The golf course is pure, maybe Tom Doak's best. To me, it's an even better routing that Pacific Dunes or Cape Kidnappers, just without the ocean. Who knew there were such amazing dunes in eastern Colorado? The holes zigzag through them with ease, a nice mix of long and short.
The recent additions since 2017 - two new cottages for foursomes, the Commons putting green and the 12-hole short course - have made this one of the best 'hangs' in golf. Even the milkshakes are five-star.
Amazing Golf Experience
Ballyneal is one of the best courses I have ever played. Awesome routing through the huge sand dunes of Eastern Colorado, great course conditioning, and just an all around perfect golf experience. If you have the opportunity to play drop everything and go. Doak hit a home-run with this course.
Everything they claim is true!
Played last week of May so fairways were not totally grown in yet but, Wow, is this what golf heaven in the USA is, yes I think so. Having played extensively in Ireland and Scotland it may not be my favorite course in the world, bit absolutely the best in the states. This is a golf only destination and does not pretend to be otherwise and it is worth it. Greens are very interesting and can give some fun putts while the course is long, the fairways are wide enough to let er rip. Having a caddy is also a great experience here, loved it.