The golf course at Ballantyne Resort may be closed for the summer but there’s a lot going on anyway.
The layout, among the busiest and most popular in the
The practice range area will be dramatically different when the course reopens – Sept. 1 is the target date. The range has been reshaped and a new pavilion has been built nearby, creating a place for golfers in outings to gather.
The pavilion will sit where the practice green was and will have new putting greens on each side.
The staging area is also getting a facelift to help with the many outings the course hosts each year.
The most significant change to the course will be seen at the par-4 second hole. What used to be a short, quirky dogleg right with a tiny green has been transformed into a straighter par-4, essentially a new hole that will be a nice improvement.
The long, severe green at the par-4 eighth hole is also being reshaped to make it more player-friendly.
Additionally, the bunkers are being dredged and will have premium sand installed. Creek work and landscaping is also under way.
“It’s getting a really good facelift,” said Dana Rader, who operates her golf school at the resort. “The whole concept is geared toward a wow factor.”
Speaking of Rader, she’s also been down for a time this summer after having knee replacement surgery last month. She hopes to be back at home on a limited basis next week.