In 2008 Heather , Tim and I did quite the tour of Canada and the USA , and toward the end of our trip played Tom Doak's Ballyneal . Perhaps it was the fact that we were more than a little weary , but my impressions were that the course was not of the standard Doak had set with Pacific Dunes , Barnbougle , Cape Kidnappers et al...
On this trip Michael Robin , who is a member at Ballyneal , 1 marker at Riviera , Golf Digest rater , and Hollywood producer invited me out to spend a couple of days at Ballyneal with him prior to the playing of the Renaissance Cup in Denver
WE had beautiful weather , and the course to ourselves . We played matchplay each day - because there are so many teeing grounds , the winner of a hole chose where to tee up for the next hole..
Michael hits 20 metres longer than I do , and when he won a hole we went back . Needless to say when I won a hole we went forward .
The pins change each day , so the holes were quite different each time
The course is in wonderful condition , so we could have happily played there for weeks...
The accommodation , restaurant , and bar are all very cosy and welcoming , and with so few people about it was very relaxing.
The course was much better than I had remembered and is a real sister course to Barnbougle and Pacific Dunes in both style and quality with enough movement in the greens to keep your interest , without being silly
And there are some really brilliant holes , like the short par 4 7th with it's unique green ...
This is a course that not many will get to play , but those that do will remember fondly