Ballyneal

Founded
Tom Doak, 2006

Founding a private club in a remote destination is not without peril and it is reasonable to expect a club to take some time find its footing. Now in its second decade, and courtesy of a new greenkeeper, Ballyneal enjoys its best playing conditions since opening. With the greens now Stimping in the 10 to 10.5 range, balls are releasing across the rumpled ground and players are delighting in finding creative ways to use banks and punchbowl features to work their shots close. Fescue fairways help the ground-game options flourish. (Photo: Evan Schiller)