A lot of architects these days have been twiddling their green thumbs waiting for the economy to improve, but Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw still remain very active. In addition to the opening of their latest course to rave reviews at Streamsong in Florida, the dynamic duo will start work this spring and summer on their 26th and 27th courses. Teaming up again with Mike Keiser again, they’ll build the second course at Cabot Links (to be called Cabot Cliffs) on a spectacular cliff and dune site. The other project, a private course called Trinity Forest on the south side of Dallas, is also pretty unique but for different reasons. They’ll build the links-style course on top of an old landfill, but since it’s been closed for 30 years, much of the settling associated with landfill courses has already occurred, leaving some beautifully rumpled turf behind.
“It’s strange that we’ve found ourselves here in two situations in recent times working on reclamation sites,” says Coore, referring to Streamsong, which was built on an old phosphate mining site. “But the Dallas site is an amazing landscape. When you first hear the term landfill, you think, Well, that can’t be very good, but we started walking around and went, ‘Holy smoke. It looks like rumpled seaside ground in Scotland.’ It’s our belief that we can maintain a lot of these contours in the reclamation process. We laid the course out just exactly as though it were a beautiful piece of natural ground. We let the land guide the layout of the holes.”