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Ballyneal Golf Club

Holyoke, CO Private

Overview

If No. 8 Sand Hills Golf Club stands for the notion that there’s nothing more glorious than a round of golf beyond the range of cell phone reception, then Ballyneal (Tom Doak’s northeast Colorado answer to Nebraska’s Sand Hills) proves that isolated golf is even better when Spartan in nature. With no carts and with dry, tan fescue turf on fairways and greens, Ballyneal is even more austere than Sand Hills. It provides absolutely firm and fast conditions, and with many greens perched on hilltops, the effect of wind on putts must be considered. The rolling landforms, topsy-turvy greens and half-par holes make playing here feel like a joyride, and that sense of exuberance has catapulted Ballyneal from an original ranking of no. 95 in 2011 to its highest ranking to date at no. 36.

About

Holes 18
Length 7147
Slope 126
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 2006
Designer Tom Doak

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest: Ranked since 2011.
2023-'24 ranking: 36th (highest).
Previous ranking: 44th.

Best in State: Ranked since 2007.

Current ranking: First.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.7

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.9662
Character
8.04
Challenge
7.5709
Layout Variety
7.9129
Fun
7.843
Aesthetics
7.8888
Conditioning
7.6832

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