Future of Dormie Club Secured by Sale

Dormie Club (Image: Dormieclub.com)

Dormie Club is carved through a rolling mix of pine and hardwood trees. (Image: Dormie Club)

Dormie Club, a lauded but formerly underfinanced Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw design in Pinehurst, is now a star attraction in a network of U.S.-based destination golf clubs.

(Last updated February 2020.)

Fans of the critically acclaimed Dormie Club breathed easy again following the November 2017 announcement of the course’s purchase by Nebraska-based golf investment firm Hainoa, LLC.

Under its new ownership, the once financially troubled Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw design, located a short drive from the Village of Pinehurst, initiated a number of renovations and upgrades, including the construction of a new clubhouse, a halfway house and on-site lodging.

Architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. (Image: cooreandcrenshaw.com)

Architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. (Image: cooreandcrenshaw.com)

Dormie Club launched in 2010 to rave reviews, including a No. 3 ranking in Golfweek’s list of best new courses in the United States. The 6,883-yard layout features 110-foot elevation changes, three natural lakes, and a mix of pine and hardwood trees. Reachable par fours, bunkers positioned to stimulate creative strategy, and a 241-yard reverse Redan par three are all part of the minimalist mix.

Originally built as a private club, with 228 sites for homes scattered around the 1,033-acre property, Dormie Club was forced to allow public play almost immediately after entering an already saturated local housing and golf market.

With the purchase by Haninoa, LLC, the course became part of the Dormie Network of destination golf clubs. Other network members include Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas; Arbor Links in Nebraska City, Nebraska; and Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke, Virginia. Corporate and national memberships include full member privileges at all courses within the network.

As the newest member of the Dormie Network, Dormie Club began the transition from public to semi-private status, and then to invitation-only membership by 2020.