Dormie Club

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Pinehurst, North Carolina | Dormie Club

Architect: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
Year: 2010

6033 Beulah Hill Church Road
West End, North Carolina 27376
(910) 215-4587

Course Access: Public

driving range available
motorized golf carts and caddies available

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The Itinerant Golfer

Dormie Club

The Dormie Club in Pinehurst North Carolina had a major underground buzz long before the first game of golf had ever been played on the course. It all started with a few photos of the Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw designed golf course posted to the internet and talk that the new course was destined for a Top 20 spot in the U.S. rankings. I have to admit that when I saw those first photos of the course they got my blood pumping. Pinehurst is just 3 hours away from Richmond and would make a perfect spot for me to join a club as a national member which is something I had been considering. I decided to sit back and wait to see how things with the club unfolded before I got too excited. Sadly, as things unfolded at Dormie, the U.S. economy began to unravel at the same time and the club fell victim to the unfortunate economic situation of 2009-10. What was planned as an ultra private retreat style club with a walking only golf course is now operating, temporarily, as a daily fee semi-private golf course with carts. Back in the 1930s when the great depression struck America there were several young start up clubs that struggled at that time as well. Today some of those clubs are considered to be among the very best in the country, so looking from a historical perspective, Dormie Club is in good company. My friend Kyle was in North Carolina… More >

  • Jeffrey

    I went to the US Open in Pinehurst (2014) with my dad for our first father/son golf trip for my graduation and Father’s Day. While there we decided to play three different golf courses, all of them unique in their own way and highly rated: Tobacco Road, Dormie Club, and the Duke University Golf Club. All of them were great in their own ways but overall we had the greatest experience playing at Dormie Club. The clubhouse wasn’t the greatest and small but fit the bill with a good menu and a porch with rocking chairs to relax in after a round to watch golfers come up on 18. We decided to have a caddie with us and I am glad we did. Walking the course lets you cherish the course architecture a lot more. A major reason why Dormie Club was chosen was for the fact that it was designed by the same guys that renovated Pinehurst No. 2. This course is the closest you can get to playing No. 2, a lot of similarities between the two courses. What made this course so special for us what that we were secluded in the woods. No signs of development on the course which really makes the experience better because you aren’t worried if you shank the ball that it will hit a window. There is a halfway house in which multiple holes will take you by, as well as free water on hot days at multiple holes. Greens and fairways were in great condition. Overall the experience was on point, couldn’t have asked for a better course to play in Sandhills region of NC.

  • Brandon Webb

    My son and I played Dormie this past weekend, largely on the recommendation of this site. Despite a forecast for a mid-50s day in the offseason, we were surprised to be the only ones at the course when we teed off at 8:33 am. This was our first experience on a classic Sandhills-type layout. I have played Cuscowilla, but other than that, have not experienced Coore/Crenshaw layouts. After the round, this is what I like about their approach: they favor short par 4s and long par 3s. I like hitting irons off par 4 tees, instead of blindly pulling a driver on anything other than a par 3. The bunkering was very fair, though I found a few after running through the fast, firm fairways. Landing areas, other than one hole, were very generous. All this having been said, in my opinion this is a second-shot course. Not only finding the green, but the right part of the green is essential to scoring well. Several holes can be accessed by utilizing side walls that border the green, which I found to be exciting. Only a few greens contained severe contours reminiscent of Pinehurst No. 2. You just needed to adjust to the speed and the subtle breaks that baffled me throughout the round. Being from Birmingham, most courses we play on have thick rough bordering the greens. By contrast, run-off areas were closely mown, allowing for a variety of plays. I putted frequently from off the green, as well as opting for as much as an 8 iron. Creativity around the greens are paramount to scoring. Although the clubhouse is small, it is rustic and serves its purpose. I found a very nice selection of merchandise and the pro shop clerk was extremely helpful and hospitable. The only constructive criticism I have is I wish they would sell yardage guides. Although most everything is visible in front of you, it would have been helpful.