Trump taps Coore, Crenshaw to design Virginia course


Looking to build a public golf course near Charlottesville, Va., as one of his newest projects, Donald Trump has chosen one of the more notable design teams in golf to create the course's layout.

According to a report, the duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw will be in charge of designing the course, and have reportedly already created a preliminary routing. The land, which formerly belonged to deceased media billionaire John Kluge, was purchased by Trump seven months ago. When he had a handful of noted architects tour the property last September, the real estate mogul was quick to share their rave reviews with the media.

'They all unanimously came back and said this could be one of the best golf courses in the country or in the world,' Trump said at the time.

The estate had previously been home to an Arnold Palmer-designed course, but the layout went fallow after Kluge's third wife gained ownership of the estate during a 1990 divorce. According to the report, the former layout will not be part of the new design, which will sit on a parcel of land only a short distance from Monticello, the famed estate of former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.

In recent years, Coore and Crenshaw have become two of the hottest names in golf course design. The pair molded the Plantation Course at Kapalua and Bandon Trails in Oregon among others, while more recent projects included the 36-hole layout at Streamsong Resort in Florida and a redesign of Pinehurst No. 2, which will play host to the 2014 U.S. Open.