by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Golf Australia Express : Issue 25
Opened in 2006, Ballyneal quickly earned a reputation as one of the world’s top golf courses. It’s no surprise. The stunning Doak-designed par 71, 7147-yard track features many of the charming characteristics found in much-celebrated British Open courses. Having the good fortune to build Ballyneal upon some of the finest dune-land found in golf, this track, too, includes rippling fairways guarded by dune ridges, wild contours and natural vegetation. There’s also fescue playing fields, and greens with false fronts, basins and tiers. And yes, there’s the odd sandy hazard or two dozen. And like the old-style walking layouts do, Ballyneal flows gracefully from tee to green and to tee again. But Ballyneal’s not like most golf clubs. It’s not a stickler for the rules and owners Jim and Rupert O’Neal seem to take pride in that. Play with your shirt untucked? No problem. Need to take a call on the course? That’s OK, too. And, for evening functions leave the jacket at home. It’s all part of a mission to make golfers feel at home. In fact this place is so informal, it doesn’t even have tee markers. For example, the scorecard nominates the first hole as 320 to 383 yards. So don’t be surprised to be greeted on the tee with a “let’s play from here”. And to top it all off, don’t fret about a poor round affecting the handicap. The boys didn’t ask the USGA to rate their course, so scores don’t get posted. Now that sounds divine to us. Ballyneal is super-impressive. Aside from its superb setting, brilliant design and engaging charisma, Ballyneal is full of fun. And what more can a golfer dream of? OTG JIM O’NEAL dreams big. As a little boy the budding golfer was charmed watching Seve Ballesteros and Tom Watson play British Opens. He fantasised about building a great course in his home town, Holyoke, in Colorado. That was in the late 1970s. Four decades later Ballyneal—the realisation of his dream—has become an aspiration of golfers all across the world. DREAM THE IF ONLY YOU COULD...