It is perhaps one of the little known facts that for all their earnings on the professional circuit, endorsement and sponsorship deals, not to mention the corporate money that can be earned from guest appearances or making speeches at dinners, professional golfers also have found another lucrative way to enhance their earnings. That is in the competitive and occasionally controversial field of golf course design.
The list of professional golfers who are now at least in partnership with, or have formed their own, golf course design company is almost a cavalcade of golf’s biggest names over the past 50 years or so. Tiger Woods recently announced his intention to move into the business and he joins the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Peter Alliss, Tom Weiskopf, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie and Mike Weir, to name but a handful, of players who are also making a name for themselves designing golf courses across the world.
Despite this illustrious list of golfing greats, perhaps the partnership that has earned the most plaudits in recent years for their course design is the combination of two-time US Masters winner and victorious Ryder Cup captain Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, an amiable North Carolinian who has been a partner of Crenshaw since 1984. Between them, they are widely regarded to have designed some of the most spectacular and impressive modern day golf courses across the world. This includes Kapalua in Hawaii, Colorado Golf Club and the highly regarded Lost Farm in Tasmania, which opened in late 2010 to much acclaim from golfers across the world. The duo also restored and redesigned the famous Pinehurst No.2 course in North Carolina, venue for the 2014 US Open.
Here, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw talk about the design changes in store and later on you can see a couple of holes that were transformed by those famous golf course architects:
We have to agree that they really know how to design a golf course!
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