The American Society of Golf Course Architects has named the design team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore as the 2021 recipients of its Donald Ross Award.
Given annually since 1976, the Donald Ross Award is “presented to those making a significant contribution to the game of golf and the profession of golf course architecture.”
Crenshaw and Coore will be honored in October as part of the 75th ASGCA Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.
Crenshaw, a Texas native, who is known worldwide for his success on the PGA Tour – where he secured 19 victories including two Masters titles, has been designing golf courses since 1985 with Coore – first part time while balancing a tour career, then full time, since 1996. His first work was as a player consultant on the design and construction of the TPC Course at Las Colinas, Texas.
Coore, who spent the first five years of his golf course design career learning the craft from icons Pete and Alice Dye. The Wake Forest alum formed his own design company in 1982 and in 1085 partnered up with Crenshaw. His first solo projects were: Rockport Country Club, Rockport, Texas; Kings Crossing Golf and Country Club, Corpus Christi, Texas; and Golf de Medoc in Bordeaux, France.
As a team, the duo have designed some of the world’s most acclaimed golf courses, including: Sand Hills Golf Club, Mullen, Nebraska; Sheep Ranch Golf Course, Bandon, Oregon; Cabot Cliffs, Nova Scotia, Canada; Kapalua Plantation Course, Maui, Hawaii; Streamsong Resort Red Course, Fort Meade, Florida; Friar’s Head, Riverhead, N.Y.; and the new Te Arai Links, New Zealand. Among their course renovations is Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, North Carolina.
“Ben Crenshaw embodies everything you could ever ask for in a golf professional,” said ASGCA President Forrest Richardson. “When you combine his love for golf course architecture and his work with a respected golf course architect on an equal basis – hand-in-hand – there may be no better example of how the tour player can have a positive influence on the design of great golf courses.”
Crenshaw resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Julie, and daughters Katherine, Claire, and Anna Riley. Coore and his wife, Sue, reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.