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The Course

Dormie Club, a Top 100 Modern Course, is a private golf club located just 5 miles north of the Historic Village of Pinehurst, in the “Home of American Golf”.  Dormie opened in May 2010 and is temporarily accepting unaccompanied guest play by reservation.

Nestled amongst nearly 1,030 acres of sandy, rolling and wooded terrain, Dormie is the latest of only 18 courses designed by Coore & Crenshaw.  This is Ben and Bill’s first course in North Carolina.  Eight Coore-Crenshaw designs already are rated in the Top 100 list of Modern Courses.

The minimalist approach favored by Coore & Crenshaw makes the layout look like artwork.  The holes are laid across surprisingly rolling terrain and the most striking feature is how rugged the land will be off the fairway.

Ron Green Jr. – Inside Golf

Dormie reflects a return to classic architecture of the past and evokes a natural, rustic feel. The areas that surround the fairways are filled with sandy soil, pine straw, native grasses and fescues. Firm and fast playing conditions will allow for a variety of shots to be played into and around the well-manicured greens.

The wooded property, which has two natural lakes and sandy soil, has more elevation change and wider variety of flora than its famous neighbor.

Geoff Shackelford – Links Magazine

Coore & Crenshaw – Architect Notes

Every great architect wants to leave their statement in Pinehurst, it’s the Home of American Golf.

Originally, Ben forwarded Dormie’s site information to Bill who made an appointment to come see the property. When Bill arrived, he was really excited, taking three or four pages of notes about what we’d like to accomplish as he sat and talked to one of the original founders at the Donald Ross House. Upon leaving. Bill said, “Thank you for bringing me home.”

Not having been in Pinehurst since 1963, when No. 2 looked just like it does now, but not like it looked five months ago, Ben and Bill wanted to create a golf course with no roughs, with big fairways like Pine Valley, making it fair for almost any level of player.

The way Coore & Crenshaw route a golf course is very geometrical. Just because you hit it in the fairway doesn’t mean you are going to have the same shot value. There’s a place to hit it and a place not to hit it. They spent an enormous amount of time and attention to detail because they understood the impact of what they were doing, that is creating a course that looks old and weathered, like it’s been in place a long time.

Green and bunker designs and features are remarkably varied, creating shot values and playability, without forced carries.   Most of the greens lay flat, just like old golf courses, appearing very uncomplicated.   But, look at the designs and look at the shot requirements.  They are phenomenal. Lots of small, old-fashioned bunkers which integrate naturally with the grasses.

When you go overseas, or even on some of the early American golf courses, that’s how they were designed.   Coore & Crenshaw took advantage of the natural features instead of trucking in yards of dirt and trying to make something artificial out of it.   They wanted to have bunkers that reflected the older period, with edging, trim design and depth, all of which they pulled off beautifully.

Coore & Crenshaw incorporated numerous old-school design features such as reachable par-4’s, wind tunnels, a 241-yard, reverse Redan par-3, as well as an impressive collection of natural-looking green complexes and bunkers with a remarkable variety in size and shape.

All 18 holes are beautiful and challenging, as well as unusual.   There are no repeat tee shots and no repeated second shots.   Any one of the holes could be put on another golf course and it would become the so-called “signature hole”.