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BallenIsles Country Club

About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 72
Length 7006 yards
Slope 138
Rating 74.4

Course Details

Year Built 1964
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Joe Lee (1970) Dick Wilson (1964) Gene Bates (2000) Rees Jones (2020) Bryce Swanson (2020)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Sauna, Locker Rooms

Available Sports

Fitness, Tennis

Reviews

4.0
3 Reviews (3)
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Reviews 335
Handicap 0-4
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Plays A few times a week
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Hot weather
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Total greens renovation punches things up

When I last played the East Course at BallenIsles, in 2018, I came away remembering little except for the strong par-4 18th, which runs alongside the clubhouse. Little about it stood out from any number of Florida courses set amongst houses. It was competent but not much more than that.

In the wake of Nicklaus Design’s year-long renovation, it has taken a good-sized step forward, and is an excellent example of how important greens are to the memorability of a golf course. The new greens have a great deal more variety of shapes, sizes and contouring schemes than they ever had before, making things a lot more interesting than in previous iterations. The punchbowl 10th green is a wonderful set-piece, as is the putting surface at the drivable par-4 16th, which swoops down from a high left shelf onto a sunken lower-right section. The Nicklaus folks have certainly put their stamp on the course, and club members should enjoy the challenge of figuring out how best to tackle the hole locations on each new green.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 335
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Hot weather
Used cart

Solid Florida community golf

Joe Lee was one of Florida's most prolific architects, leaving dozens of designs across the state through the 1960s, 70s and 80s. He collaborated with mentor Dick Wilson at BallenIsles (originally PGA National), and the East Course exhibits the hallmarks of the postwar school of design: runway-like tee boxes, straightforward challenges and well-bunkered greens. Few holes at the East Course will etch themselves forever in your memory, but your game will be thoroughly tested, and the long par-4 18th stands out with its elevated green on the far edge of a lagoon. Other solid tests include the shortish par-4 9th and the reachable par-5 12th.

Conditions Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

New and Improved

A major renovation of this private course has made this the most interesting layout of the three 18 hole Ballenisles courses. The North course winds along beautiful lakes and natural preserves. You better have a good bunker game to play this course as sand traps are strategically placed in fairways and around every green. Still generous fairways and true greens make this a somewhat challenging but fair test of golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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