This Pinehurst-area layout deserves attention less for the ownership and development issues that have plagued it since its 2010 inception and more for its sublime design. Typical of courses from the dynamic design duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the creation offers extra-wide, pine-framed fairways festooned with spectacular, sprawling bunkers, as well as massive, artfully contoured greens that demand touch and ingenuity (and perhaps multiple plays) to figure out.
Unusual for this design team are the healthy number of forced carries over wetlands, the result of environmental restrictions and 150 feet of elevation change on the property. The gigantic 653-yard, par-5 10th illuminates these virtues. The tee shot demands a 180-yard carry, but the final 400 yards of the hole run downhill. Equal parts power, imagination and ground game prowess—that's Dormie Club's formula for success.