If No. 10 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. Ballyneal is the only course to have constantly risen in our rankings over the past 10 years.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 2011. Highest ranking: No. 44, 2021-'22.
Best in State: Ranked first, 2019-'22. Ranked second, 2015-'18. Ranked third, 2011-'14. Ranked inside the top 5, 2009-'10. Ranked inside the top 10, 2007.