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Highland Creek Golf Club


"Average"

9/21/20: Review by Jonny

I played this course on a Monday in September, it was sunny and about 70 degrees but a very strong & gusty wind, maybe 20 to 25 mph. I had never played this course before so that certainly impacted conditions of play and my experience overall. I would say, the front...

The Golf Club at Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 341-GOLF
www.theballantynehotel.com
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Review Rating:

4.15 stars - "Great course" (10 reviews)

Type:

Public

Rates:

Weekday $62, Weekend $82

Practice Area:

Extensive. One of the best in town, though pricey. Grass tees, fairway and greenside practice bunkers. Private practice area for professional lessons and the Ballantyne Golf Academy (formerly home to the Dana Rader Golf School).

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Description

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.

Notes

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.

B-Man's Take

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.

Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
Championship (Blue)71674071.7132
Men's (White)71612569.1128
Ladies (White)71612575.3140
Senior (Green)71540066.1121
Ladies (Green)71540071.2130
Ladies (Red)71476067.2119
Junior (Red)71476063.1111
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News & Updates

  • 9/4/20 - Review by The B-Man

    "Great course"

    Got in 15 holes before dusk at Ballantyne resort. The course is in good shape overall, but not pristine. Fairways have lots of divots - and they have not put sand bottles back in the carts. The bunkers are hit or miss - with no rakes and players lifting and placing, they seem kinda neglected as far as daily maintenance. And, wow, the rough. The bermuda rough is so thick that my group nearly lost balls just off the fairway on about 6 holes. If you don't see exactly where your ball entered the rough, good luck. I found one ball literally by stepping on it. For a public course, the rough is ridiculously thick and penalizing -- and maddening. Searching for balls just off the fairway is extremely frustrating and slows play tremendously. The greens were typically slick. Combined with the slopes on most greens, the speed really increases the difficulty of the course. Adding to that, the greens did not putt very smoothly today. Overall, my opinion on the conditions for this being a resort course was very mixed. Due to COVID policies, their hole cups are still upside down (causing some good putts to bounce out and you have to decide to count it) and there are no attendants to bring your bag up or down the stairs. Yet, they are still charging their normal resort course rates. I keep hearing different predictions on when the course will close for the re-development. So I guess I will still play it while I can. Just hope to have more of a "resort" experience for my next round.

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  • 4/8/20 - Review by IM4DHERD

    "Great course"

    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.

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  • 3/30/20 - Review by dischydo

    "Worth playing"

    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.

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  • 8/27/19 - Review by IM4DHERD

    "Great course"

    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.

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  • 6/10/19 - Forum Posting by IM4DHERD titled "Ballantyne Golf Course gone"

    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

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Highland Creek Golf Club


"Average"

9/21/20: Review by Jonny

I played this course on a Monday in September, it was sunny and about 70 degrees but a very strong & gusty wind, maybe 20 to 25 mph. I had never played this course before so that certainly impacted conditions of play and my experience overall. I would say, the front...

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