Episode 19: Dormie Club

Nestled in a natural, serene setting, uninterrupted by civilization, Dormie Club is as secluded a golf course you’ll find.


Coore & Crenshaw did what they do best at Dormie — create a fun golf course that fits the natural land, all while highlighting the property’s beauty.

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Fairways are generous, though wayward drives are likely to be snatched by one of the many well positioned bunkers or dense trees.

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The well-guarded, undulating greens prove to present much of the challenge, with many of the surfaces features slopes and swales to send your ball scurrying away from it’s intended target.

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Dormie features two reachable par 4s – which the duo of designers often work into their courses.

The 313-yard 3rd plays uphill and features a severely false-fronted green, making those short pitches a real challenge.

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The 299-yard 14th is a tighter target, but a left-to-right sloping fairway acts as a speed slot to send left-center drives barreling onto the putting surface. I hit one of my better drives of the day here and was rewarded with a stress-free two putt birdie.

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The closing stretch is particularly good, with the par 5 17th featuring well-positioned bunkers off the tee and featuring a massive waste area stretching across the fairway, 50 yards from the green. The view from behind the elevated green is one of my favorites as well.

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And the final hole is nicely shaped with golden fescue, with a set of deep cross-bunkers 290-yards from the tee and one last challengingly-sloped green to send you on your way.