Through the years: Public and resort golf courses designed by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw



Opened in 1991, The Plantation Course at Kapalua on the island of Maui is one of the earliest designs by the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

In the 25 years since, the team has become one of the most coveted firms in the industry at a time when new design jobs are much tougher to come by. Their triumph at Sand Hills, a private course in Nebraska that opened in 1995, catapulted the duo to stardom, and is considered to be the birthplace of the remote, bucket-list golf experience that spawned Bandon Dunes among many other remote destinations like Prairie Club and Streamsong. Developer Mike Keiser called on the duo to design the first course at Sand Valley, while Johnny Morris appointed them to deliver the latest 18 holes to Top of the Rock and Big Cedar Lodge at his golf resort in the Ozarks.

One of their later crowning achievements wasn't a new design but a restoration of Pinehurst No. 2, which later hosted the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open. They built the third course at Bandon Dunes Resort, Bandon Trails, and also built the much-heralded second course at Cabot Links, Cabot Cliffs.

The firm has a mix of remote, tourist-first destination courses but their designs have also become favorite venues for pro golf events. Trinity Forest, a private club that will open in Dallas in 2017, will become the new home of the AT&T Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour. Colorado Golf Club, also private, hosted the 2010 Senior PGA Championship and 2013 Solheim Cup.

Their total footprint may never be as big as Robert Trent Jones Sr. or Tom Fazio simply because the number of opportunities just aren't there anymore, and the firm enjoys only working on a couple projects at a time. They've designed more private courses than public, but there are still a nice chunk of courses around the world you can play. Here is a selection of their top designs open to the public through the years, beginning with the Plantation Course, host of the SBS Tournament of Champions on the PGA Tour.

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.