BallenIslesCountry Club’s famed South Course will reopen on Jan. 12 following an eight-month, $7.5 million renovation project led by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. BallenIsles will celebrate the course’s reopening with a grand opening event on at 10 that morning featuring Rees Jones.
Crews from Total Golf began on-course renovation work in April and focused on revitalizing the 55-year-old course. Led by Troon’s project manager Ron Despain, the renovations included a complete tee-to-green makeover, including new bunkers, design modifications that improve strategy and shot options, an all-new irrigation system, drainage and concrete cart paths. As part of the renovation, a new set of tees was added, measuring approximately 4,000 yards, to provide a shorter option and allow for five to six various tee settings and angles to challenge different levels of golfers.
“Embarking on our latest renovation, on the heels of opening our clubhouse, says a lot about our membership and quality we can expect,” BallenIsles Country Club general manager and COO Ryan Walls said. “We have a vision for our community and Rees certainly helped form a key piece of the experience we provide.”
The South Course was designed by Joe Lee and Dick Wilson and was originally built in 1964. It has been modified twice, first in 1967 to accommodate the construction of BallenIsles’ North Course and again in 1999. The new 2020 version will maintain the historically popular routing while bringing a new strategic approach and modernizing the playability and conditions to what is expected in today’s private club environment.
With the South Course renovation now complete, BallenIsles Country Club features three modern championship golf courses, including the North Course and the East Course.