Can't wait to see Pinehurst in 2014!
Get To Know Bill Coore
By Kickntrue on 12/15/10
One of the most interesting people in golf today is someone you've likely never heard of. Bill Coore is probably the hottest name in golf design these days (and has been for some time), though when you see him listed with his design partner, former great Ben Crenshaw, it's easy to forget Coore's name is listed first. Together they've built some of America's finest courses; Sand Hills in Nebraska, Friar's Head in New York, Bandon Trails in Oregon, Kapalua in Hawaii and Old Sandwich in Massachusetts, to name five. His most recent project, a solo effort in Tasmania called "Lost Farms" is receiving rave reviews including a review from the owner of the Bandon Resort who is calling it " the strongest golf course built anywhere in the world since Augusta National in 1934."

He recently did an interview with John Huggan and there are some great tidbits and opinions throughout. Here are a couple of my favs:
"We truly do let the site dictate what we do," continues Coore. "We look for sites that feel like golf in its natural state. We have no preconceived notions about par or yardages. We just let it evolve. To us, course architecture is an art, not a science. It does have a technical foundation, but the creation of the holes is an art.


"Why are we changing thousands of courses - or at least dozens - for the sake of the golf ball? Why not just change the ball? There is no doubt that it has had negative effect on architecture generally. Guys just hit past stuff so much these days. To which people say we can move tees back - but sometimes you can't - or move bunkers - but sometimes that isn't practical or advisable. I hate to see bunkers that have been there for decades suddenly moved. For one thing, rebuilding a bunker exactly as it was isn't that easy.
Coore and Crenshaw are also currently working on Pinehurst #2 and revamping the classic Donald Ross design in time for the 2014 US Open. Cleared with the USGA's Mike Davis- the design in mind is to have the first US Open in history with no rough whatsoever.

Check out the full article for a couple other good thoughts. I've included a few other links if you want to know more about Coore.

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Coore & Crenshaw Design

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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
I got the opportunity to play #2 in October. It will be interesting how the pros approach playing the course with essentially sandy waste areas in lieu of rough. My feeling is the waste areas will not cause much problem considering the ball striking ability of most pros. A premium will be placed on hitting it long to allow wedges into some of the most diabolical greens I have ever seen.
Nethmonkey says:
Welcome to the land that's way under, down under, the sky's always yellow come rain or shine .
Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmania.
Where topsy meets turvy and they start to spin, like a Tazmanian devil and his closest kin.
Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmania.
Mom's a live wire, dad's a bump on a log, Molly's all fired up while Jake plays with the dog.
Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmania.
Digeri Dingo and Wendel T. Wolf, Francis X. Bushlad is never uncouth.
Bushwhacker Bob and his mother called Mum, Constance and Thickley just want to have fun.
Bull Gator and Axl are always left sore. If you have a deal just call Buddy Boar,
The Platypus brothers are a-backin' about, the kiwi, the bushrats, have we left anyone out?
Oh yeah, don't forget Taz . . . He put the Taz in Tazmania,
Down in Tazmania, come to Tazmania. We mean you! Wa-ba-ba-bla-bloopthb!
birdieXris says:
I remember that show!
Matt F says:
Coming from Australia, look at a map of Tasmania or Tassie as we call it. What does it resemble??
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