The Ballantyne Hotel has taken over management of the Dana Rader Golf School, which will now be called the Ballantyne Golf Academy. The change is effective Nov. 1.
Rader started the golf school at Raintree Country Club, now located at the Golf Club at Ballantyne, in 1987. Rader, who has been voted one of the top golf instructors in the nation by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, will continue to teach at the academy’s three-day schools, according to a statement from the hotel.
The longtime director of the Ballantyne Golf Course, Woody Allen, will manage the Ballantyne Golf Academy. Allen has been with the hotel since it opened in 1998, starting out at first as an assistant golf professional. He also supervises the hotel’s spa, tennis facility and fitness center.
“I am excited about the new arrangement,” Allen said in the statement. “We have extensive plans for future schools, and an instructional staff of professionals that is second to none.”
Rader started teaching golf in 1980 at Myers Park Country Club after she tried unsuccessfully to land a spot on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour. She designed the school at Ballantyne to introduce beginners to the sport to try to make it more inclusive.
“I’ve always been a huge advocate of all people playing the game and have really been involved at the grassroots level getting beginners into the game,” Rader told the Observer in 2011.