TWENTY YEARS AGO, The Golf Club at Ballantyne
was waiting to be created.
Like most golf courses, its bones lay in the land,
sitting amid the brush and trees that had to be
cleared, shaped and molded into a course that
would become the foremost daily-fee layout in
Mecklenburg County and the surrounding area.
Ballantyne itself, now a thriving hub of activity
on Charlotte's southern edge, was more vision than
reality two decades ago. Developer Smoky Bissell
had a plan and a mission, envisioning a community
that would reshape the city in many ways.
One of the centerpieces of Bissell's vision was a
Not just any course but one that would work
in the midst of what would become Ballantyne
Corporate Park, where ofce buildings would
overlook fairways and give golfers a reason to
come to Ballantyne.
The creation of
The Golf Club
was different than
the way most
new courses are
designed and built.
Overlooking the 18th hole, one can see how the course and Dana Rader Golf School
have evolved over time.
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