A native North Carolinian, Bill Coore was exposed to traditional golf architecture during his formative years. Coore played much of his early golf at the Donald Ross courses of Pinehurst and the Perry Maxwell-designed Old Town Club in Winston-Salem.
Coore began his professional design and construction career in 1972 with the firm of Pete Dye and Associates. Under the Dyes' guidance, he was introduced to the elements of creative design and physical construction. It was also the Dyes that first introduced Coore to the written classics of golf architecture - the same books that Ben Crenshaw was then collecting and studying. The information within these books was to later form the foundation for their partnership.
During the following ten years, Coore was involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of golf courses in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Canada, and Texas.
Coore and Crenshaw were established in 1986. Theirs is an architectural firm based upon the shared philosophy that traditional, strategic golf is the most rewarding, and the creation of courses that present this concept with the greatest artistry is the ultimate goal. Along with Crenshaw, Bill has blended his personal experience and admiration for the classical courses of Ross, Mackenzie, Macdonald, Maxwell, and Tillinghast to create a style uniquely his own.