Tom Doak designed the layout for the private Ballyneal Golf Club in northeastern Colorado. The trek down more than ten miles of unpaved roads is well worth it for those who get the chance to play this quick-paced links course. Be prepared to dive right in, since no driving range is available. The fairways follow the ups and downs of the land, now broader, now narrower, smooth at one moment and sculpted the next, making for great variety among and within the holes, and they meld seamlessly into the greens, enabling the roll-ups characteristic of links play. A good game will be had by those equipped to handle the dips and humps throughout the course. The site is home to abundant wildlife, from ducks and geese to coyotes and deer, so this is perhaps the only top-notch links course where one can hunt in the morning and golf in the afternoon.
I had the great opportunity to play Ballyneal in early September, I sent the club a brief email describing myself and why I wanted to play Ballyneal back in March and received a quick reply within a...