The Ghosts Of Golf Courses Past

On a gray winter’s day, I went looking for ghosts.

The ghosts of golf courses that once existed in and around Charlotte, North Carolina, where I struck my first shot more than 50 years ago and where I still chase the unconquerable game.

My ghost hunting was prompted by the news that one of the most popular and successful daily-fee courses in the Charlotte area – the Golf Club at Ballantyne – had closed permanently effective Jan. 1.

It’s situated in a vibrant section of one of the fastest growing cities in the country. But the land on which the course sits – amid an encroaching office park within a larger neighborhood – will be better served by apartments, a shopping area and what developers like to a call a “town center” with an amphitheater and, yes, public art, according to the group that purchased the entire community a couple of years ago.

Golf Club at Ballantyne Ron Green Jr., GGP+

The Golf Club at Ballantyne (which had been home to top 100 teacher Dana Rader’s golf school for many years) joins a surprisingly l…

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