Tom Doak - Back in the Ballyneal Sandbox
After ten successful seasons, Ballyneal is excited to announce the addition of a short course to complement its existing 18 holes. Tom Doak and his team at Renaissance Golf have signed on for the project and are currently routing the 13-hole short course. Construction efforts are underway and the course should be completed this fall, with a formal opening set for July 2017.
Ballyneal is situated on a unique sand dune formation in northeastern Colorado referred to as the chop hills. It’s among the largest of these dunes that the new course will be built. "There are so many dramatic possibilities out there, we've got to build three or four holes that rival certain ones on the original 18," says Doak. The entire 13 holes will lie within the front 9 loop of the existing course with a number of different routings possible, including a 6-hole loop accessible directly from the clubhouse.
John Curlander, who owns the club, selected Tom Doak based on his prior work in the area. "He is familiar with the unique ecology of the chop hills and the type of golf preferred by our members," Curlander adds. "I'm confident that we will end up with an exceptional layout and ultimately a great addition to the club.”
Ballyneal is looking forward to the Renaissance team's return to the chop hills. Tom Doak and Eric Iverson were both on property in April working on a new putting complex referred to as The Commons. Over an acre in size, The Commons is the centerpiece to the Ballyneal village. It offers a wide variety of putting options to entertain members and their guests into the evening hours. The Commons is set to open this summer by mid-July.
Ballyneal is recognized worldwide as one of the finest inland links courses ever built. It is a private club, to be used exclusively by its members and guests. The club does offer a one-time opportunity to play the course for prospective members.For more information, please call Kelsey at +1 970-854-5900 ext. 6 or send an email to [email protected].