Exciting news this week, for fans of the wonderful Ballyneal Golf Club in remote north-eastern Colorado. After adding a large Himalayas-style putting green in recent years to their existing Tom Doak 18-hole course, Ballyneal has announced the opening of a new par three layout to be known as ‘The Mulligan Course’.
From the routing map featured on the club website, and the description given by the club, it appears the 12 greens on the Mulligan Course can be played in a number of different ways. Most common will likely be an 8-hole loop starting and finishing near the clubhouse, with the other obvious routing starting from near the 2nd tee on the existing course and involving a 10-hole journey back to the clubhouse.
Given the exclusive nature of Ballyneal and its small membership, the freeform nature of the concept should work well. The short course promises to be a fun and popular addition to the club.
The naming of the layout, after a departed friend and former Caddie, provides another nice touch. Few lucky enough to spend quality time at Ballyneal are disappointed by the experience. The club is one of American golf’s genuine highlights.
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The second course at Ballyneal, The Mulligan Course, is a par 3 course that consists of 12 greens that may be played in such a way that the course becomes your own personal playground in a race against the sun.
It was aptly named for two reasons. It honors a dearly departed friend and the original caddie at Ballyneal, Charlie Mulligan. Additionally, it gives our membership another opportunity to hit superb golf shots and post a great score on the day. Tom Doak and his team at Renaissance Golf finished shaping the course mid-way through the golf season in 2016. The grass has matured nicely and the course is open for play. The unique layout allows for a golfer’s creativity to be expressed both in the shots they mold, and the order in which they play the holes. This new course truly is an expression of the land, the game and the player.
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