Photos: Stunning new Cabot Saint Lucia puts Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw to the test with vertical challenges

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have planted their flags on plenty of stunning seaside sites. Their golf design team is responsible for such highly ranked coastal layouts as the Sheep Ranch at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia and Kapalua’s Plantation Course in Hawaii, among others.

They’ve built stop-you-in-your-tracks golf holes that seemingly hang over salt water from the U.S. to China to New Zealand. But their new course scheduled to open in 2022 at Cabot Saint Lucia in the Caribbean offered a unique set of opportunities – and challenges.

Named Cabot Point, the Windward Islands setting offered Coore and Crenshaw a jaw-dropping canvas rising out of the sea. But how to take a volcanic site that climbs straight up from the waves and construct a course that is playable, while staying true to the design duo’s ethos of low-to-the-ground, minimalist design?

A rendering of how the golf will look at Cabot Saint Lucia, a new course in the Caribbean that will open in 2022 (Courtesy of Cabot Saint Lucia)

“It wasn’t a challenge to build a golf course that would be photographically spectacular and dramatic and all those kinds of things,” Coore said. “The question was, could we possibly create a golf course with the playability aspects and let’s just call it the enjoyment factor? We had to make sure those two things would measure up with, at least approximately, the visual drama of the site. You know, Ben and I try to be very low key about everything. But it’s very possible that Cabot Saint Lucia is the most visually stunning and demanding site we have ever worked.

“The challenge is, will the course be really playable and enjoyable to play, or is it just going to be one of those courses that make for spectacular photography and dramatic situations and just incredibly dramatic shots, but that isn’t really that much of a joy to play.”

Among all their coastal layouts, the recently renovated Plantation Course provides an interesting comparison. Home

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By: Jason Lusk
Title: Photos: Stunning new Cabot Saint Lucia puts Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw to the test with vertical challenges
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Published Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:00:30 +0000

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