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Dormie Club
6033 Beulah Hill Church Road
West End, NC 27376, United States


910-947-3240
Nestled amongst nearly 1100 acres of sandy, rolling and wooded terrain, Dormie is the first Coore & Crenshaw course in the state.

The golf course sits in a 310 acre window of the property and has no paved surfaces within the boundary of the course. Dormie reflects a return to classic architecture of the past and evokes a natural, rustic feel. The areas that surround the fairways are filled with sandy soil, pine straw, native grasses and fescues. Firm and fast playing conditions will allow for a variety of shots to be played into and around the greens.

This is a walking course.

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Course Details

Type:Private
Greens Fees (including cart):
   Weekday:$150 - $199
   Weekend:$150 - $199
   No discounts for 9-holes.
Superintendent:Billy Lewis
Guest Policy:open
Dress Code:Collared Shirt (No Denim)
Pro Shop :yes




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Private CourseForest Creek Golf Club
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Recent Scores

Date Golfer Score
7/3/21 Jerry Henderson 79
2/27/21 fitzg03 86
10/14/20 GARY EUBANKS 73
9/21/20 Greg Jensen 81
9/15/20 dpiacenti 96
9/6/20 Matthew Smith 89
6/26/20 Rob Walter 87
6/26/20 Geoff Kalman 95
6/26/20 Marauder31 82
11/8/19 Thomas Beck 96
11/8/19 David Tonge 100
10/16/19 Walter Keck 82
7/19/19 Michael Kinney 84
7/15/19 fitzg03 84
7/14/19 fitzg03 86
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  DJTheoret - 12/23/20
Once again the design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have created a stunning American golf course, this time in the Sandhills area near Pinehurst, North Carolina. The Dormie Club sits on 310 acres with only 68 acres of managed grass. The balance is made up of wire grasses, pine trees, Sandhills native vegetation, and “natural sands.” The course is as natural looking as any Sandhills course as it winds through mature pine and hardwood forests and around a couple of lakes. There are no manicured edges or defined rough and you’ll also encounter something fairly unique in the area - 110 feet of elevation change. Most fairways are flanked by sandy soil, pine straw, native grasses, and fescues.

I’ve read that Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore spent several hours walking the grounds of what would become the Dormie Club, which is the site of a former quail hunting retreat. Once they were sure that they could build the classic, minimalist-style layout they were known for, plans were set in motion and that day, 14 potential holes were identified.

Dormie Club follows the Donald Ross design principle of wide fairways, which rewards tee shots hit to a specific area of the fairway while giving errant shots a chance at recovery albeit with a bit of added difficulty. Many holes at the Dormie Club also have large chipping areas that require golfers to think through and execute their chip shots.

The Dormie Club has received national recognition including #3 Best New Course in 2010 by Golfweek Magazine, #12 The Best Golf Courses in North Carolina in 2019-2020 by Golf Digest as well as multiple appearances in Golf Digest’s list of America’s Top 100 Public Courses between 2013 and 2018.

There are no paved cart paths or any paved surfaces for that matter on the course and like many great courses, signage is kept to a minimum. What few signs they have are designed to keep you moving in the right direction. Holes are marked with 4x4 posts with the hole number at the top. Moving from Number 6 to Number 7 can be a little tricky with 14 in the middle. To get to the 7th tee you have to go by the 14th tee and thankfully, there is a sign on the 14th tee that says “This Ain’t 7!”

From the back tees, Dormie Club plays 6,883 yards with a course rating of 73.7 and a slope of 138. Four sets of tees plus a blended set on the scorecard produce yardages of 5,180 for the ladies to the championship distance. I found the blended tees (6,264/71.5/127) to be a good test and still let me leave with some dignity intact.

As you make your way around the layout you’ll encounter three natural lakes and course aesthetics reminiscent of Scotland. Dormie Club features Bermuda fairways and tees with bent grass greens. Bunkers have been strategically placed to encourage creativity off the tee, on layups, and approaches. The greens have a lot of undulation in them. For example, the 3rd hole has no less than four separate mounds in it so you better hope you catch the pinsetter on a good day.

Keeping it in the fairway at the Dormie Club is everything, however, the first three holes are short enough that if your driver isn’t working right out of the gate, you can still escape if you can make a good second shot.

The elevation change can be seen on the 3rd and 4th hole, a sweeping dogleg left that plays downhill. The 4th green is very large and a front to back pin placement can easily a 3-club difference.

The back nine has a couple of risk/reward par 4s: Number 14 plays 283 yards and a good drive down the left side can easily run-up to the green. Number 15 plays slightly less at 263 yards however it takes a well-struck and well-placed tee shot to not only get to the green but to keep the ball in play.

Dormie Club has several memorable holes, but here are a couple that will stick with me for a while. Number 8 is a 459-yard par 4 that has the distinction of being the course’s Number 1 handicap, although I think that’s debatable. It’s a dogleg left that plays slightly uphill off the tee and then downhill. Playing your tee shot out to the right and catching the downhill will go a long way in leaving a manageable approach shot. Anything long and left will probably find the large waste bunker at the bottom of the hill. The green is narrow and at least 50 yards (not feet) long.

For my money, Number 10 is the toughest hole on the course, although the scorecard doesn’t even have it as the toughest on the back nine. It plays 605 yards from the White tees (over 650 from the back tees). The tee shot plays slightly uphill to a downhill slope. A good drive will leave about 140-yard carry over wetlands. Find one of the two fairway pot bunkers on your second shot and par just became a pipe dream. From there on in, sand traps dot the right side of the fairway and another guards the right side of the green. Two good shots will still leave a long to mid-iron into a very large green.

Number 17 is yet another hole that could be considered as the course’s toughest. It’s a 448-yard par 5 that plays slightly downhill off the tee and then severely uphill the rest of the way. Your second shot requires a choice to layup in front of the waste area and leave an uphill pitch shot of about 100 yards or try and clear the waste area and leave a much easier approach. Next time I play Dormie Club, I’ll choose option 2!

Big things are happening at The Dormie Club and in June 2021, things are going to explode. That’s when their all-new 16,000-square-foot clubhouse is scheduled to open along with another 15 Stay and Play cottages. The clubhouse will consist of several seating areas including a spacious dining room anchored by a large two-sided fireplace and vaulted ceilings. Plans also include a standalone pro shop.

The cottages are located just a short ride from the clubhouse and will have three lodging options. Ten 4-bedroom standard cottages with private bathrooms, a vaulted great room with a snack area and 55” TV seating area, four Executive cottages with four bedrooms with private bathrooms and steam shower, and a kitchenette with seating area and a separate TV area with gas fireplace. A two-story owner’s cottage will also be available for members.

The Dormie Club is part of the Dormie network a collection of six fine, private clubs in Nebraska, Texas, Virginia, Indiana, North Carolina, and New Jersey. Becoming a member of one club makes you a member of all six. Each club offers a pure golf experience with 15-minute tee times, chef-prepared cuisine, specialty cocktails, sommelier-chosen wine, and deluxe en-suite cottages. With golf courses designed by the likes of Tom Fazio and Coore & Crenshaw, you’ll have full access to each club all under a single dues structure. The Dormie Network is the perfect second membership, especially for golfers who like to travel and demand the best that a country club has to offer.
  RogerBraun - 4/27/19

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  nhingtgen - 11/22/16
Played the course on Sunday morning, November 13th. It was a bit cold and we had a frost delay of about 30 minutes. The course was in great shape. It's a very "rustic" course and feels a bit like Tobacco Road or The Pit. The greens are huge but hard to hold and you probably won't have too many straight putts. It might have been because of hurricane Matthew back in September but the cart paths (which are mostly dirt and gravel) were extremely rough and very, very dusty. The course is set up well and has some very challenging changes in terrain. The course is visually stunning.

We also got a great weekend deal from "Ring the Pines" at Little River. 3 nights at Little River condos (nothing fancy), a round at Little River (greens were pretty poor), 2 rounds at Country Club of Whispering Pines,and a round at the Dormie Club. All for $260 a person.
  Danforth44 - 6/13/15
Beautiful - played as a group (N&ACF) of 24.
  tedsheldon - 5/20/15
A must play in Pinehurst. Each hole is unique. The greens are anything but flat and above the pin, good luck. The starter will give you a "cheat sheet" of the holes, use it. Very enjoyable, but local knowledge next time, despite the sheet, is needed.
  ramsey_d - 9/28/14
Worth playing when you go to Pinehurst.
  mightyquinn82 - 4/3/14
I got to play this amazing course for cheap through a friend of mine I play golf with. It is definitely a great course that reminds me a bit of Tobacco Road but not as extreme. The greens are huge and unless you are with in 5-10 feet of the hole you will NOT have a straight putt. The greens are very fast and have a lot of undulations in them. The whole course is cut very tight so you do not have any fluffy lies at all and I was able to putt several times while off the green from 20-40 yds in the fairway. It is definitely a course that helps to have a caddie or you have played several times as there are certain areas you need to be in to have a good second shot. Definitely worth playing once a yea!!!
  Gary56 - 1/14/14
Very Enjoyable
  myronwmiller - 9/13/13
Overall this is a pretty nice course. Some serious maintenance issues on some of the greens and fairways were evident (and the Superintendent admitted they were having problems). Playing the right tees is critical but even there, some of the holes are poorly designed for the average 18 handicap and are totally unplayable in regulation for the "PLAY IT FORWARD" movement. I mean over 600 yard par 5s for 18 handicap. And some of the forced carries were tough from the white tees.

Very challenging course from tips and well laid out. It's just that i feel the designers forgot or don't understand at all the challenges and difficulties of the 18 handicap and made some of the holes unplayable for them.

Also course needs markers and arrows. Extremely difficult to find way around course, limited yardage markers, some holes long way from green to next tee box with no directions. Some holes had no markers at all on tee boxes, etc etc.

So I think the course is over-ranked. It's a nice course but doesn't deserve the #2 ranking in the state.
  ChefMiz - 9/12/13
This is no longer a walking only course. I played this past weekend in a cart. It is also only $80 for a weekday round. This course is amazing! A terrific rolling layout with a superb mix of long and short par 4's- outstanding par 3's that vary in distance from 110 yards to 225 yards. The Par 5's play more difficult than the yardages on the card. My only gripe would be the condition of the course. This layout NEEDS to play firm and fast- unfortunately there were several spots on the course that were soggy. Fairways and Tees could have been tighter as well. This is a prime example of a Coore and Crenshaw design and should be on your "must play" list.
  LocoJethro - 8/12/13
You will need to play this course 3 to 5 times to play it well. Be care which Tee Boxes you pick as there are some lone par 4s. Walking course, no yardage markers anywhere except for 100 and 150 markers and no yardage book. I think it would fun to play if you played it a few times but walking at that price... not a good value. Better golf courses in the area to choose from.
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