About

Bill Coore

Golf Architect

Like his partner, Bill Coore was exposed to traditional golf architecture during his formative years. A native North Carolinian, Coore played much of his early golf at the Donald Ross courses of Pinehurst and the Perry Maxwell designed Old Town Club in Winston-Salem. A 1968 graduate of Wake Forest University, Coore began his professional design and construction career in 1972 with the firm of Pete Dye and Associates. Under the Dyes’ guidance, Coore was introduced to the elements of creative design and physical construction. It was also the Dyes that first introduced Coore to the written classics of golf architecture– the same books that Crenshaw was then collecting and studying. The information within these books was to later form the foundation for the Coore and Crenshaw partnership.

During the succeeding ten years, Coore was involved in the design, construction and maintenance of golf courses in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Canada, and Texas.

Coore formed his own design company in 1982. Thereafter, he completed courses at Rockport Country Club in Rockport, Texas (featured in the 1986 issue of the U.S.G.A. Golf Journal), Kings Crossing Golf and Country Club in Corpus Christi, Texas and Golf du Medoc in Bordeaux, France (named one of the ten best courses in France and one of the top fifty courses in Europe). Bill Coore and his wife, Sue, reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Ben Crenshaw

Golf Architect

Ben Crenshaw has long been recognized as a historian and traditionalist. Since seeing The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts at age sixteen, he has held a fascination with golf architecture. His is an appreciation of the game’s subtleties gained from years of study and the experience of a successful playing career spanning over three decades and nineteen P.G.A. Tour victories including the 1984 and 1995 Masters. Competition has taken Crenshaw to many of the world’s most renowned golf courses where he has spent considerable time analyzing their design and construction techniques. His entry into the golf architecture business brought closer a life long goal of creating quality golf courses in the classical style. Prior to the formation of Coore & Crenshaw, Inc., Crenshaw served as a player consultant on the design and construction of the TPC Course at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, site of the annual Byron Nelson Classic.

Crenshaw, a native Texan, attended the University of Texas and still resides in Austin with his wife, Julie, and daughters Katherine, Claire, and Anna Riley.

Scott Sayers

Business Manager / Business Development

9Scotty Sayers grew up in Austin, Texas and has worked with Ben Crenshaw as his agent/business manager since 1985. He began working with Ben and Bill Coore in their architecture business shortly after its inception and handles new business inquiries, contracts and scheduling for the company from the corporate offices in Austin, Texas. He is currently working on compiling a history of Coore & Crenshaw projects and hopes to have the two volume set published in the future.

Scotty is a graduate of the University of Texas and has been married to his college sweetheart Julie since 1974. They have two daughters Samantha (married to Stuart Bernstein) 43, and Charisse 39 and two grandchildren.

Dave Axland

Design Associate

A Kansas native, Dave Axland moved to Corpus Christi, TX shortly after receiving a degree in Turf Mgmt. from Kansas State University in 1983. It was there that he met Bill Coore and joined the crew for the construction of Bill’s project, Kings Crossing C.C. Soon after, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw partnered to form Coore and Crenshaw Inc. and since that time, Dave has worked on many of their projects. Although he still participates in developing golf course features, he spends most of his time on project setup and construction management.

In addition to representing C&C as one of their design associates, Dave partnered with Dan Proctor in 1989 to start a golf course design firm named Bunker Hill. They have done several projects, most notably, Wild Horse G.C. in Gothenburg, Nebraska and Deleware Springs in Marble Falls, Texas.  Dave also co-designed Cabot Links with Rod Whitman as well the new Par 3 course at Cabot, also with Rod Whitten.   He recently helpd redesign 9 holes at Farmington CC and is largely responsible for the Par 3 course at Friar’s Head in River Head, N.Y. When not on the road, Dave lives Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jimbo Wright

Shaping Specialist/Design Associate

“Jimbo” Wright was born and raised in East Texas and started his career with Coore & Crenshaw in 1989 at the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii. It was at this beautiful site that Jimbo learned the ‘tricks of the trade” by working with two of the best dozer hands in the business, Mike McKay and his cousin, Jerry “Scrooge” Clarke. He says that his best teacher was probably Bill Coore.

After the Hawaii job, Jimbo became a stalwart of the Coore & Crenshaw crew and today he is one of the most tenured members of the team, working exclusively with C&C. While he has worked on virtually all of the C&C projects, he says some of his most memorable projects have been The Sand Hills, Cuscowilla, Friars Head, Bandon Trails and Austin Golf Club. But he goes on to emphasize that each job holds great memories and experiences that are used as he goes to new sites. Jimbo feels that as a long-time employee of Coore & Crenshaw and as a leader on the team, it is part of his responsibility to help the newer members of the team succeed.

Jimbo and his wife Gina live in Moscow, Texas on a small cattle ranch with their children, Timber Lea and Brayden Shane. When not working on a Coore & Crenshaw course, he stays busy watching over several head of Brangus cattle and a few ranch horses.

“Both Bill and Ben are so passionate about the game and the architecture that they create,” Wright says. “They have a great respect for the clients, the golf course industry and their employees, and those things have made it an absolute pleasure working for them for nearly 25 years.”

Jim Craig

Shaping Specialist/Design Associate

Jimmy Craig has run a tractor for Bill and Ben since the late 90’s. His talents were first noticed by Dan Proctor and Dave Axland of Bunker Hill while renovating the bunkers at Shady Oaks C.C. Jimmy’s talents are a product of his surroundings during his formative years. Having spent those years tagging along with Mom and Dad he was either causing trouble in the pro-shop or riding in Dad’s lap mowing greens. Jimmy began helping out just as soon as his lead foot could reach the foot feet. Hustling carts and picking range for candy bars and Gatorade were skills he quickly mastered that would later land him a position at ‘SOCC’ where “project Jim Craig” began for Mike Wright. Jimmy spent the better part of four years in Fort Worth under Mike’s tutelage before being inherited by C&C. Over the past decade Bill and Ben have traveled the world sharing in their wonderful work and masterfully carrying the torch for project Jim Craig.

Jimmy has cleaned the pool, vacuumed the bar, served on calcutta night, mowed greens, changed cups, made putts, washed clubs, sprayed greens, built greens, killed greens, seen greens, and dreamt of all kinds of greens. From contours to jackets his passions are blessed by the inspiration of so many greats: Mike Wright, Chip Graham, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Dan Proctor, Dave Axland, Jerry “Scrooge” Clarke, James Edward Wright, William Coore, Ben Crenshaw and Dad are at the top of the list.

Jim was largely responsible for The Sandbox at Sand Valley.

Solomon wrote: “Just as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
(Proverbs 27:17)

Jimmy and his amazing wife Shea live back in Fort Worth now, where their three children Stefan, Mariah, and Ross continue to raise them. Jimmy and Shea pleasantly agree that this amazingly assembled team lead by two great masters, are writing history that they are both proud and honored to be a part of. “God and golf have never let us down.”

Jeff Bradley

Bunker Specialist/Design Associate

Jeff began his career in 1994 at Hot Springs Country Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After working toward a career in music for ten years it became clear that the inconsistency of the business and the late hours weren’t going to work for a man with a family.

Golf was always a love of Jeff’s so he decided to investigate the maintenance aspects of the industry. Shortly after joining the team at HSCC Coore and Crenshaw began a renovation project on the course. Jeff was placed on the finish crew, working closely with longtime C&C associate Dave Axland. Dave seemed to recognize something in Jeff and told Bill and Ben that he may have found the perfect candidate for a bunker shaper. Bill was looking for someone with creativity but without previous golf construction experience. After a few trial bunkers Dave offered Jeff the chance to go to the now highly regarded Sand Hills Golf Club to help with some last minute tasks before the opening in 1995. This solidified Jeff’s position with C&C and he has been their bunker shaper on all but one project ever since.

In 2001 Jeff started his own consulting and design firm. This allowed him to work with other architects and gain some experience outside the C&C firm. The first opportunity came in 2003. Dana Fry tapped Jeff to be a consultant on what he felt was the best piece of ground he had seen in years, Shelter Harbor Golf Club. In 2004, Jeff worked with Dave Axland to restore the bunkers on The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort in Maui, Hawaii. The following year Kapalua contracted Jeff again to renovate the bunkers on their Bay Course, one of Arnold Palmer’s earliest designs.

In 2005, while working on the C&C project, in Fountain Hills, Arizona, Jeff formed a partnership with longtime associate and friend Dave Zinkand. It was apparent that Jeff was going need some help to take his business to the next level and he felt Dave would be a perfect fit. Highly educated and extremely talented, Dave has the technical skills that are necessary to take on larger and more involved projects. Many of the courses Jeff has worked on are ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Modern Courses in America including Friar’s Head, Bandon Trails, Seminole and Maidstone.

Ryan Farrow

Design Associate

Ryan graduated from Arizona State with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 2008. He had interned for Tom Doak, John Fought, and worked on the Grounds Crew at Oakmont Country Club before finishing school. At 26 years of age, Ryan completed his first golf course design (as a Lead Designer with Schmidt-Curley) in the sand dunes of the Gobi Desert. Dalu Dunes was a one-of-a-kind, inland links and was featured on the cover of Golf Course Architecture Magazine in 2014.

Since entering the golf industry over 15 years ago, Ryan has participated in the construction or renovation of many highly regarded golf courses, these include: Oakmont Country Club, Merion Golf Club, Sand Valley, The Sheep Ranch, Rock Creek Cattle Company, Pinehurst #4 and Mission Hills Golf Resort in China(10 Courses). Ryan is now actively managing projects for Coore & Crenshaw, shaping and overseeing all aspects of the construction process and living on the road with his wife, and young child.

 

Keith Rhebb

Design Associate

Keith began his career in 2002 when he went to work for a golf course construction company based in his home town of Lincoln, Nebraska. He gained experience in all aspects of golf course construction work including drainage, shaping, and finish work. When the company secured the contract to build the Colorado Golf Club, Keith was able to work alongside the Coore & Crenshaw team.

Coore & Crenshaw were impressed to the point that Keith was put in charge of the Par 3 course. In 2006, Keith was officially added to the list of C&C associates when he joined the team of men assigned to the Sugarloaf Mountain project. He has represented C&C on various projects since that time including Lost Farm in Tasmania and Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia, Canada.   He was also the lead architect in the heralded renovation of Winter Park Golf Course in Winter Park, Florida.

Riley Johns

Design Associate

 

Riley Johns grew up in the mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Having spent his formative years exploring the outdoors amongst the Canadian Rockies, Riley developed a keen eye and appreciation for the natural beauty within the landscape at an early age. 

Riley’s journey into the golf industry began at age 17. Starting from the turf maintenance side, he quickly realized his passion for golf course construction. His early years were marked by a series of opportunities, working for various golf course construction contractors and architects, where he honed his skills in design, shaping, and building under the guidance of seasoned professionals. A decade later, Riley’s commitment to his craft led him to pursue a Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Degree in 2008 from the University of Guelph, Ontario, further solidifying his position in the industry. 

Riley has been fortunate to work with Coore & Crenshaw since 2014. He has been involved in projects such as Cabot Cliffs, Ozarks National, Kapalua, Bougle Run, Te Arai, and Crazy Mountain Ranch. Riley is a lifelong student of the craft and continues to travel, play golf, and study golf course architecture worldwide.  He enjoys spending time with his wife Rachel and two sons, Asher and Charlie (and dog George), in the mountains around his hometown of Canmore.

Trev Dormer

Design Associate

Trev grew up on The great plains of Southern Alberta. It was on this tumbling terrain that his love for natural (golf) landscapes began. He started to learn the art of shaping at the age of 22, when he took a position with Jack Nicklaus Designs on their first project in Russia. Since that time, Trev has spent the majority of his career overseas assisting a variety of design firms with their projects. It was in 2014, when Trev joined our team to assist with the construction of Cabot Cliffs. From there he continued on to help out with the Yokohama Country Club renovation, on both courses.

Trev’s passion for golf architecture fired up after a friend recommended he read Robert Hunter’s book “The Links” and Simpson and Wethered’s book “The Architectural Side of Golf”. These books opened up new avenues in his creative process and his design philosophy quickly transformed. It was at this point in his career that he decided to study the best pieces of ground in golf and to seek out likeminded design firms to learn from. Of Coore and Crenshaw, Trev says “One of the best attributes that I’ve picked up on from working with Ben and Bill has been humility”. “The talent of these two speaks for itself, but it’s their humility and humanity that sets them apart”.
Trev owes any success he has had in this industry to GOD, for providing opportunities and guiding his path, and to his wife Chelsey, for supporting him and living the nomadic lifestyle. Trev is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time at home in Kimberley, British Columbia exploring the mountains with Chelsey and his two young boys.

John Hawker

Design Associate

John Hawker grew up in Western Victoria, Australia and is the son of a golf course superintendent. John studied turf management at North Melbourne and later began traveling the world studying and learning about turfgrass/golf course construction along the way.  He followed in the footsteps of his father into the industry by listening and learning his craft from some of the best course managers on the sand belt stretch during the 90s. “Looking back, these were some of the best memories watching them change and evolve over the years and having that as a bench mark for the industry ahead. After traveling abroad working in Europe, US, Middle East and then Asia. John met Bill Coore in China at the Shanqin Bay project, this is where the agronomy side met the architectural component and the rest is pretty much history. John has been apart of a number of projects for the Coore and Crenshaw team from Shanqin Bay, Trinity forest, Ozark national, Sheep ranch, Bougle Run and currently Te arai links.  

James Duncan

Design Associate

James is typically involved in the company’s preliminary site explorations, site planning, tree clearing, bunker construction and project management. He was the lead on the recent renovation of the golf course at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, New York and was also the lead design associate for Coore/Crenshaw on other projects including Austin Golf Club, East Hampton Golf Club and Clear Creek Tahoe.

Educated in Denmark and trained as a civil engineer, James interned with a golf course consultancy in Aberdeen, Scotland, did thesis research on golf course design and construction at Cornell University, and worked for Tom Doak before joining Coore & Crenshaw in ’98.

A keen student of land planning and building architecture, James now participates in a clubhouse design collaboration, and is currently developing a golf course facility (Brambles) in Northern California. He lives with his wife and family in New York.

Dan Proctor

Shaping & Bunker Specialist

Golf Enthusiast (biography written by Dan).

*Don’t underestimate this man—he is quite an architect on his own, having designed and built Wild Horse in Nebraska and Deleware Springs in Marble Falls, Tx. He has been a big part of many Coore/Crenshaw projects, including most recently the Bally Bandon Sheep Ranch.

“The easiest thing to do in the world is build a tough golf course. You should always leave players with a way to get to the green, include a couple of short par fours and a reachable par five. This way every person, regardless of handicap, has a chance to make at least pars, and have fun.”

— Ben Crenshaw