Verdict Ridge always delivers. Course is in excellent condition everywhere. Great layout. Quick pace of play.
This course was formerly known as Ballantyne Resort and is now associated with the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge located off I-485 in south Charlotte. It is kept in great shape and offers plenty of challenge for a variety of golfers. The course is also home to the acclaimed Dana Rader Golf School. In the fall of 2009, new Champion Ultra Dwarf bermuda grass greens were installed. The new greens should keep the course in prime condition throughout the year, with little downtime for maintenance. Also, in 2011, the 2nd and 8th holes were redone to improve play and allow for additional construction on the resort property.
As a resort course you get amenities here like nowhere else in town. That includes 14-day (call) and 30-day (online) advance tee times, wide selection of rental clubs ($60), the Ballantyne Golf Academy, Stay and Play packages with the hotel/spa and a GPS course app.
This course is the only true resort course in Charlotte and you get what you pay for. The service and amenities are topnotch. I try to splurge and play here once or twice a year. You should be treated well, starting with bag service, then checking in at the luxurious clubhouse, then with practice balls on the spacious driving range and putting area. The course can be fun to play too, with 4 par 5's and 5 par 3's on a par-71 layout. The par 5's are all reachable with 2 good shots. My favorite hole is probably the closing hole, a challenging dogleg left 420yd par 4. You have a risk/reward tee shot over a creek to try and cut off as much of the dogleg as you dare. Then you have a mid-iron approach with water and bunkers protecting the green. And to top it off, the green is in full view of the Lodge, which means you usually have an audience watching from their balconies as you play the hole. There are several difficult holes, including the 430yd par 4 6th hole, which requires a precise tee shot to avoid OB on the left and the 5th fairway on the right. The approach shot is difficult too with a cavernous bunker guarding the front of the green. Overall, the new Champion Ultra Dwarf greens are some of the best in Charlotte and have increased the difficulty of the course with their speed and slope.
Ballantyne is in a good a shape as I have ever seen. Fairways are near perfect. A couple tee boxes have some bald spots. Green are in very good shape. They do raise the cups now, but I heard from someone who lives just off the course they might be changing that to allow the ball to drop into the cup.Read The Review
Starting to green up. Fairways and tee boxes in decent condition for this time of year. Greens were super furry. slowest iv ever seen out of the 20+ times playing here.Read The Review
Better than good, but not perfect. Fastest greens I've played in a while. Place is in great shape. Worst score in a LONG time, but it certainly wasn't due to conditions. Place will be closing before too terribly long.Read The Review
To be phased out. Holes 1,2 and driving range to become a "Town Center" area. Holes 3, 4 a park, hole 5 a buffer green area between further development and a neighborhood. Rest to be office space, retail etc.
Ballantyne golf course to transform into new urban center
I came back again for the 3rd time in 2 months. The course is now in just about perfect shape. The greens were nearly immaculate and rolling very fast! Tees, fairways and bunkers were all in good shape. The bermuda rough was the only knock. Seemed like it had not been cut or they are keeping it high. The ball tends to sink down in it so you can't find it unless you walk right over the ball. This makes it very easy to lose a golf ball that's just a few yards off the fairway. So definitely keep a couple pairs of eyes on your ball if it is headed for the thick stuff. I played with a member so perhaps I got a guest rate. I paid $82 in July - so this was much better.Read The Review
By The B-Man on 6/19/20
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