New golf course planned for Lake Martin with Coore & Crenshaw

Golf Course
Get ready to play golf at Lake Martin. Photo via Lo Sarno/Unsplash

Golfers, prepare to step up to the tee, because Alabama’s very first Corres & Crenshaw golf course is in the works at Lake Martin. 

Behind the Project

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The faces behind architectural firm Coore & Crenshaw. Photo via Coore & Crenshaw’s Facebook

The announcement of the upcoming Corres & Crenshaw golf course was made by Russell Lands that owns, manages and develops commercial and residential real estate primarily along Lake Martin’s 41,000 acres of water and 800 miles of shoreline. 

The golf course will be located in Russell Lands’ current project, The Heritage—the newest luxury residential development at Lake Martin.

One of the most exciting things about the golf course is that is will be designed by famed architect Bill Coore and golf legend Ben Crenshaw. 

Through a shared appreciation for “Golden Era” golf architecture, the two established the architectural firm Coore & Crenshaw in 1985. 

Over the years, the firm has designed some of the most celebrated courses in the world, including:

  • Cabot Cliffs
  • Bally Bandy on Sheep Ranch
  • Friar’s Head
  • Kapula Plantation Course
  • Sand Hills Golf Club

A history of designing golf courses is just part of the reason why Russell Lands chose Coore & Crenshaw for the project.

According toRussell Lands President and CEO Tom Lambert, it was also the architecture firm’s respect and love for the land.

“During the design process, we wanted to draw out the beauty of the natural environment by providing an atmosphere that showcases the lake and the hills in the heart of Alabama. Our approach honors the Russell legacy to the area to love and preserve the land, which became the driving factor in the golf course design.” 

Ben Crenshaw, Founder, Coore & Crenshaw

A look at the golf course

Russell Lands

Photo via Russell Lands

The golf course will be located along the Lake Martin shoreline, adjacent to Russell Forest, a site that’s naturally conducive to the game of golf. 

It will feature 18 unique holes designed along the natural contours, elements and elevations of the lake and land. While the front 9 is set amongst pines and creek for elevation challenges, the back 9 offers picturesque views of the lake. 

Wondering if you have the skills for this course? 

While it may be designed to challenge seasoned golfers, it is also a fun course for the more casual player.

Stay Tuned

While the groundbreaking of the Core & Crenshaw golf course at The Heritage is underway, the projects estimated completion date is currently set for early 2023. 

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