Coore & Crenshaw

Full Name
William Ernest Coore and Ben Daniel Crenshaw
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Year of Birth
1946 and 1952
Place Born
Anderson, North Carolina and Austin, Texas, USA

World Golf Hall of Fame – Class of 2002: As part of the Coore & Crenshaw golf course architecture team, Crenshaw has helped design a slew of highly ranked courses. Tom Doak: “Working alongside Bill at Streamsong was one of my most fun experiences in design.”

Bill Coore grew up in the Sandhills area of Carolina and played golf for Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. After graduating in 1968 he started his career in golf architecture working on course construction for Pete Dye in the South Atlantic region.

“In the mid-Seventies, Coore helped build Waterwood National GC in Texas (a Roy Dye design) and then worked as an assistant to its course superintendent Gary Grandstaff.” Wrote Geoffrey Cornish and Ron Whitten in The Golf Course. “When Grandstaff joined Dye on a Mexican project, Coore took over as superintendent, and over the next several years rebuilt and modified most holes at Waterwood [now closed]. In the early 1980s Bill Coore spent two years designing and building his first solo layout. The result, Rockport (Texas) CC, so impressed popular PGA Tour golfer (and avid course design historian) Ben Crenshaw that Crenshaw asked Coore to join him in a golf design partnership.”

Prior to the 1986 establishment of the firm of Coore and Crenshaw Inc., Coore’s most prominent solo design lies to the north of Bordeaux at Golf du Médoc. Opened in 1989, the Châteaux course was Coore’s third solo design and his first and only European project.

Ben Crenshaw grew up in Austin and was first introduced to golf by his father, Charlie, at Austin Country Club where – as a six-year-old – he rode in a cart alongside his dad. He became fascinated by golf course architecture at age sixteen after seeing The Country Club in Brookline. He played golf at Austin High School and the University of Texas where he went on to win three NCAA collegiate championships before turning professional in 1973.

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Coore & Crenshaw

Austin Golf Club

6th Texas - Best in Area

Occupying gently rolling, lightly wooded terrain to the south east of Spicewood, the eighteen holes at Austin Golf Club were draped onto the landscape by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2001.

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Bandon Dunes (Bandon Preserve)

11th Oregon - Best in Area

Opened in 2012, Bandon Preserve features a double green at the 4th and 7th holes, a dramatic drop in elevation at the 5th, with Cut Creek threatening the tee shot at the 11th.

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Brook Hollow

5th Texas - Best in Area

Built on what was at that time open, rolling farmland, the lush acres of Brook Hollow Golf Club have unfortunately become surrounded by housing...

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Cabot Cliffs

1st Nova Scotia - Best in Area 1st Canada Ranking 23rd North America Ranking 46th World Ranking

Situated half a mile away from Cabot Links, the Cliffs golf course occupies a more diverse landscape than its predecessor, sitting atop the bluffs that overlook the Gulf of St Lawrence...

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Chechessee Creek

7th South Carolina - Best in Area

Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the golf course at Chechessee Creek Club sits amidst towering oaks and pines to the north of Callawassie Island.

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Clear Creek

2nd Nevada - Best in Area

Built by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2009, the sandy-soiled fairways of the Clear Creek Tahoe course weave through towering pine trees, veering past a number of prominent rocky outcrops along the way.

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Colorado

2nd Colorado - Best in Area 79th USA Ranking 92nd North America Ranking

Colorado Golf Club only opened its tees for play in 2007 but it’s already a nationwide hit. Designed by the famous Bill and Ben duo – Coore and Crenshaw – whose design philosophy is to respect the classic golf courses of the "Golden Age of Architecture", Colorado was destined for success…

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Cuscowilla

3rd Georgia - Best in Area

Set on the shore of Lake Oconee, the course at the Golf Club at Cuscowilla is a dramatic but harmonious Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw design.

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