Ballantyne was originally a large hunting tract owned by the Harris family, descendants of former North Carolina governor Cameron A. Morrison. In 1992, Johnny Harris and his brother-in-law, Smoky Bissell, started Ballantyne Corporate Park, which has become one of the most successful master-planned communities in the United States. Harris had the 2,000 acres rezoned, the largest in Mecklenburg county history. Another developer, Crescent Resources, had already purchased the 610 acres that would later become the Ballantyne Country Club and the accompanying residential development. In October 1995, Bissell bought out his brothers-in-law’s shares for $20 million and established Ballantyne, named after his great aunt. Bissell also developed and designed the Ballantyne Hotel, which opened in September 2001. At the intersection of Johnston Road and Ballantyne Commons stand four 30-foot monuments representing transportation, technology, finance, and the human spirit of Charlotte. The art installation was commissioned by Yugoslavian artist Boris Tomic, who spent three years crafting them at a brick factory in Salisbury.
Ballantyne is home to the Ballantyne hotel and golf course. Whether you're a lay by the pool or a morning 18-hole kind of person, make sure to bring your sunscreen. The Luxury Spa at the Ballantyne features more than 100 services, ensuring your most relaxing visit ever. When you're ready to grab a bite to eat, you can't go wrong with Rush Espresso Cafe & Wine Bar. When the sun dips down, it's time for a night on the town, or village. Ballantyne Village has shopping, movies and a premier Spanish Grille.
Cover image by the Ballantyne Hotel. Information courtesy of Wikipedia.