September 21, 2018

Talamore Golf Resort: Mid South

AS SEEN in GOLF AFICIONADO by Rob SpellmanIn my last article, I expressed the right way to do Pinehurst, the Talamore Way.  However, even if you choose to stay somewhere else during your visit to Pinehurst you’ll want to check out Talamore’s Mid South course.  After spending four days in a row on Mid South as my daughter’s caddy during the 2018 Teen World Championships, I fell in love with the course.  In fact, when we left town it felt like breaking up with a girlfriend, and boy she was a hottie!  Mid South is an Arnold Palmer design still fresh off a complete renovation in 2017.

Mid South was only 25 years young when Talamore decided it was time to renovate.  The renovation was managed in-house and the team at Talamore did an amazing job.  Having walked every inch of the course I can tell you they didn’t leave a stone unturned.  The course is in meticulous condition and the greens are back to their original size when the course opened in 1993.  The Pinehurst area used to be known for bentgrass greens, a favorite among many golfers, but extremely temperamental in warmer climates.  North Carolina’s climate has always been on the borderline for being able to support bentgrass, and as the temperatures seem to get warmer every summer it has become nearly impossible for the area to continue using bentgrass.  Even nearby Pinehurst No. 2 moved away from bentgrass and converted from bentgrass to champion bermudagrass.  The bermudagrass is tough as nails and allows for the best possible conditions year round.

Along with the greens, several bunkers were either redone or removed altogether.  As with many courses a layout that was perfect 25 years ago needs to be adjusted to accommodate today’s modern equipment.  However, the new course layout flows perfectly, if you had never played the course you wouldn’t realize any changes had been made to the original design.  When playing Mid South you get the benefits of a mature landscape but with conditions that feel only a few months old.

Having played a lot of Arnold Palmer designs over the years, typically resort style courses on the easier side.  Mid South is no walk in the park, it’s a tough test of your golfing ability.  A par 71 layout that plays 7,000 yards from the back tees, with the rolling hills and changes in elevation it plays an extra two hundred yards longer from any tee, so be sure to take that into account when picking which tees to play from.

Compared to other courses in the Pinehurst area, the terrain at Mid South is much more diverse.  Having played Pinehurst No 2. during the trip, I would say compared to Mid South, Pinehurst No. 2 is as flat as a pancake.  It’s not just the terrain at Mid South but the course has a perfect mix of bunkers and water hazards that heighten the challenge while rounding out a world-class design.

The 6th features a wide green protected by the water and rocks up front and behind with bunkers

The water will stand out more than everything else on Mid South, manmade lakes often come into play and are typically presented in a dramatic fashion.  This couldn’t be more evident than on the 6th, a long par 3 that requires a precise shot over the lake.  The best advice for this hole is to aim for the center of the green, the slope of the green and the danger from the water leads most players to take an extra club.  However, the bunkers behind the green make being long extremely difficult.  Feel confident in your club selection, and go for the middle of the green, regardless of pin position you’ll at least give yourself a chance at birdie.  Otherwise, you’ll probably find yourself in the drop zone or taking an extremely difficult shot out of the bunker, which will be nearly impossible if the pin is located on the back of the green.

The 9th and 18th are two holes that leave you with a lasting impression.  These holes share a massive green that sits along the back of the clubhouse and provides a dramatic finish to both the front and back nine.  Throw in the fact that both are Par 5s and birdie is in play from every tee box, both holes provide memorable finishes, where a player can go low or completely blow up.  The Teen World Championship had golfers going off both the 1st and 10th throughout the tournament but no matter which tee you started on, you knew there was going to be drama on the last.

A look back up the 9th fairway from behind the 9th green

A look back up the 9th fairway from behind the 9th green

The 9th plays downhill, but it’s a dogleg left off the tee which makes it difficult to turn the corner and advance the ball enough to go for the green in two.  If you fade the ball, you’ll be forced to play it as a 3-shot hole.  However, if you can draw the ball off the tee you have a chance to get enough extra roll out that could entice you to go for the green in two.   More easily said than done, and the fact that you have to carry water on your approach shot into the green makes it very unlikely that you’re going for the green in two.  Each day we ended up taking 3 shots to reach the green, we had some good looks at birdie but walked away with par each day.

The 18th is cut out along a steep hillside and is one of the toughest finishing holes you will ever play. During the 2018 Teen World Championship, more penalties were taken on this hole than any other two combined on the course.  Playing this hole for the first time is extremely tough until you’ve played the hole, it’s hard to realize how difficult of a 2nd shot you’ll have.  From the tee, you have water on the right and I saw several tee shots end up wet.  On this hole, everything slopes down the hillside towards the water.  On the left you have the hillside and rough, we ended up on the hillside every day which provides plenty of safety from the water but left us with a tough second shot that’s basically blind and drops off towards the water.

Like a tilted table the 18th fairway tilts down towards the water, having a shot at the large shared green in 2 will be dependent on a well-placed tee shot.

The first time we played 18, my daughter was extremely lucky to keep her 2nd shot dry.  Straddling the hillside makes going for the green in two impossible, so we were looking to punch out of the rough and leave about 115 yards into the green.  We were shocked as the ball ping-ponged off the hillside and rolled out to within a few feet of the lake.  With less than a 100 yards left she stuck her approach shot and ended up 2 putting for par.  On the final day of the tournament, we weren’t as lucky as the 2nd shot ended up making the water and so did the next one.  Love it or hate it, the 18th is going to leave you with a lasting impression, and a great story to tell.

Mid South Course Rating 4.7 out of 5

Mid South’s 4.7 rating is one of the highest we’ve recorded, the course was in spectacular condition for the tournament and scored well across all categories of the Golf Aficionado rating system.  The course doesn’t have a weakness, you’ll be challenged at every turn and when you finish with your round several holes are going to stand out in your memory.  Mid South is a true test of your golf game and is by far the best Arnold Palmer design we’ve played, we’re sure “The King” would be proud of the recent renovation.  When you hear people talking about Pinehurst don’t be fooled, ask them if they’ve played Mid South.  Mid South is a world-class golf course that can stand toe to toe with any course in the country let alone Pinehurst.  If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Pinehurst that won’t break the bank, check out my article on Talamore Resort.

To book your stay and play at Talamore Golf Resort and Mid South visit their website or give Nikki a call at (800) 552-6292!

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Pinehurst: The Talamore Way

AS SEEN in GOLF AFICIONADO by Rob Spellman

Talamore Golf Resort

This past July I found myself making a last minute trip to Pinehurst, NC.  When I say last minute, I mean it, my daughter who is 14 was a late qualifier for the 2018 US Kids Teen World Championship which is held annually at Pinehurst.  The 3-day championship started on Thursday, July 26 and we did not find out she qualified until Sunday, July 22 so I had less than 2 days to figure things out.

As you might imagine, it was quite the mad scramble.  While I couldn’t have been more proud of my daughter, I had a logistical nightmare on my hands.  Living in the Orlando, Florida area I had less than 2 days to figure out transportation and secure accommodations.  I started with transportation, I’m not a big fan of long drives (unless they’re with my driver) and I typically say 4-5 hours is my limit when driving in the car.  However, when researching flights, I quickly found out there aren’t a lot of great options when flying to Pinehurst.

The best flight option was going into Raleigh-Durham International (RDU), however, that still leaves you with an 80 mile drive to Pinehurst.  I started doing the math, 45 minute drive to Orlando International Airport, arriving an hour early to check bags, 2-hour flight to RDU, 45 minutes to pick-up luggage and the rental car still left me with a 90 minute drive to Pinehurst; total trip time 6 hours (without any flight delays).

Google Maps let me know that the drive from Orlando to Pinehurst was 525 miles and would take between 7-8 hours depending on I-95 traffic.  When I started comparing the cost of flying to driving it was easy to see driving was the most economical option.  Looking back on it, I’m so glad we took the road trip.  I always say anticipation is half the trip!  We left the house Tuesday morning around 11 AM, traffic was great and we arrived in Pinehurst before 7 PM.  This is the first road trip I’ve taken where my daughter didn’t fall asleep, we ended up having blast, the whole way talking and building up our expectations for the tournament and Pinehurst.  Without a doubt, if you’re traveling within a 7-hour drive, the right move is to drive and not fly!

Onto accommodations, my first thought like so many when traveling to Pinehurst was to stay at …….. you guessed it, Pinehurst Resort.  I mean when in Rome do like the Romans.  However, I was quick to find out, Pinehurst Resort was sold out.  To be honest, when I saw the price they were asking for a room I was disappointed and relieved all at the same time.  Even with special tournament pricing, a room at the main resort was going for $270 a night and that doesn’t include taxes and resort fees, for a 4-night stay in a hotel room I was looking at $1100 before taxes and fees.  Without the tournament rate, the price for 4 nights would have easily been north of $1600.

With Pinehurst Resort sold out, I went back to Google and started researching the area.  I started my search by learning more about the course my daughter would be playing, the tournament for the 14-year-old girls was being held on the Mid South Course.  My research on the course led me to Talamore Golf Resort, the Mid South course is part of Talamore Golf Resort and come to find out they offer stay and play packages.  I quickly picked up the phone and made a call to the resort, the call was answered by Nikki and she filled me in on all the details about staying at Talamore.

Nikki checked the calendar, and the resort had one condo available during my dates.  She explained the accommodation details which included a full kitchen, laundry room, 2 bedrooms (4 queen beds), 2 full bathrooms, dining room, living room, balcony, and to top things off a free breakfast every morning.

Bedroom at Talamore Resort

One of the 2 bedrooms in our Condo at Talamore Resort; both bedrooms have 2 queen beds

The accommodations sounded great, designed more for buddy golf trips than a father-daughter trip, but who doesn’t like extra space!  I was all set up for the gut punch; how much was this going to cost me, after all, this was outside any special pricing the tournament had negotiated.  I nearly fell out of my chair when Nikki told me the nightly rate was all-in (room rate, taxes and fees) just $190, a full blown 2-bedroom condo, around the corner from the course my daughter would be playing all week.  SOLD!

Nikki arranged our reservation and shared all her local knowledge on where to eat and what to do while we weren’t on the golf course.  This being my first trip to Pinehurst, I wasn’t sure what to expect so her local tips really helped.  The best way to describe Pinehurst is that it felt as if we had traveled to the North Pole to see Santa Claus, except it was warmer and instead of reindeer everyone had a golf cart, it wasn’t Christmas Village but Pinehurst Village.

The whole Pinehurst Village area has a Norman Rockwell vibe, you’ll feel as if you traveled back in time; insider tip: during the summer time almost all the shops in the village shuts down around 5pm so plan accordingly and be prepared to travel outside the village for shopping and entertainment at night.  As you drive around town you can’t help but notice the Scottish roots which run deep into the 1700s when Scottish Highlanders settled in the area.  In fact, you’ll notice several familiar Scottish street signs around town and a nearby county is even named “Scotland County”.

After exploring Pinehurst Village, finding our way back to Talamore Golf Resort ended up being quite easy, the resort has two large bunkers running along the main road which allows you to easily find the resort, even at night.  Talamore ended up really being a blessing in disguise, for less than I would have paid for a hotel room at Pinehurst Resort I had a two bedroom condo with all the accommodations of home. The daily breakfast included; make your own waffles, fresh fruit, baked goods, and a large selection of cereal during the week; on the weekend they step things up and include several hot items like eggs, bacon, and sausage.  Waking up every morning knowing breakfast was ready, made for a low-stress start to every day which is just one less thing to worry about.

Just when I thought the staff at Talamore couldn’t do anything more, they did.  It turns out, during the summer every Thursday night Talamore host an authenticate Carolina Pig Pickin!  They even drive the beverage cart over from the Talamore golf course.  Help yourself to drinks and as much Carolina BBQ as you can eat, I guarantee you won’t leave hungry.  You will not only enjoy the food but get to meet other guests and spend time with some of the resort staff, we had a great time and the Pig Pickin was one of the highlights of our trip to Pinehurst.

Talamore Resort Living Room

A look inside our living room at Talamore Resort; our home away from home while in Pinehurst

Bottom line, if you are traveling to Pinehurst with your family or extended family of golf buddies, you have to check out Talamore Golf Resort.  In Pinehurst, your money is going to go a lot further at Talamore than anywhere else.  When you factor in the accommodations of a condo at Talamore to a hotel room, it’s like comparing apples and oranges.  You’ll still have access to all of Pinehurst’s world-class golf, but you’ll be able to stretch out and save a few dollars which you can use to play an extra round or two.

We haven’t even talked about the golf yet, and trust me after walking Mid South for four days as my daughter’s caddy, I have a lot to say.  Check out my review of the Mid South Golf Course and find out why it’s a course you must play when visiting Pinehurst.

To book your stay and play at Talamore Golf Resort visit their website or give Nikki a call at (800) 552-6292!

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June 18, 2018

Talamore Golf Resort Adds GPS to Its Cart Fleets!

For the Pinehurst area, once again, Talamore storms to the head of the pack.

We are excited to announce the introduction of GPS tracking system to the New Course and King’s Course of the Talamore Golf Resort. This system includes a tablet like screen on every cart and a state of the art tracking system for our Pro Shop.

There are several amazing benefits to the new system…

GPS Yardages

Forgot your range finder? Can’t find the 150? No problem!!!

Hole by hole including critical distances to/over hazards. An image of the hole will appear on the screen with yardages to front, center and back of greens.

Pace of Play and Cart Messaging
LET’S KEEP IT GREEN!!!!!!!!!
The system tracks every cart and how its pace of play relates to the target time. Our pro shop staff, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE BEVERAGE CART will literally be able to see all the golf carts move around the course on a google earth style map. Carts that are on pace will show up in GREEN, Carts that are falling behind will appear in YELLOW and those off the desired pace will be highlighted in RED.

Our pro shop staff will be able to communicate directly with every cart, individually or collectively. Weather notifications or other important course updates are now a few keystrokes away. 



Geo Fencing

Ground under repair? Environmentally sensitive area? Cart Path Only? – No problem. The new system will allow the golf and maintenance staff to “Geo Fence” particular sensitive areas. Authorized Handicap Flag Carts will have their own Geo Fence zone. Geo Zones can be changed by Staff with relative ease so changing or special course conditions can easily be tailored to. Unlike some other GPS sysyems, ours does not shut the cart off or beep at you when you are off course, just a friendly message reminder.

Other Service Enhancements

There are a multitude of other ways the new GPS system will be used to improve our Guest’s experience. On your next trip to the Talamore Golf Resort you will experience a level of service that would otherwise simply not be possible without the new GPS system.

AND BEST OF ALL, YOUR GPS HOSPITALITY IS INCLUDED NO EXTRA CHARGE!!!!!!

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March 19, 2018

10 great golf destinations to visit in 2018

AS SEEN ON GOLFADVISOR.COM: https://www.golfadvisor.com/articles/top-ten-golf-destinations-2018-17690.htm

By Golf Advisor Staff
Mar 12, 2018

If you haven’t yet finished sorting out your 2018 travel calendar, perhaps this listing of Golf Advisor’s 10 great golf destinations of the year can help.

To determine our destinations to visit this year, we looked at several key criteria: particularly new and renovated courses or resort facilities, plus marquee events that make for exciting centerpieces to a golf vacation. Click here to read about the 13 best new golf courses opening this year, and our top 18 renovations to look for.

You’ll find that these vacation spots run the gamut from well known and established destinations, to the more exotic or lesser known and value oriented. There’s a destination here for every budget.

Tweet us @GolfAdvisor about the golf destinations you’re most excited to visit this year, or tell us in the comments below.

10. Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Ocean course at Kiawah Island


On the southeast coast, the rich are getting richer. With Sea Pines Resort having debuted sweeping upgrades in recent years, and Sea Island announcing their own plans last year, the present is an exciting time for Kiawah Island golfers. It represents the first full year that all five of its resort golf courses are on the other side of renovations since before to the 2012 PGA Championship. Converting the Ocean Course to Platinum Paspalum turf was a bold move just a year before hosting the major, but the experiment (paspalum was an unknown this far north on the Atlantic Coast) paid off in spades, especially weathering storm surge from recent hurricane activity. With the completion of a Cougar Point renovation last fall, the courses on this narrow, sea breeze-laden island are now re-grassed with varying degrees of design renovations and updates. Nicklaus’ Turtle Point has a new outdoor patio that is becoming a popular 19th hole. More off-course amenities are expected to be announced soon.

2018 is also a Ryder Cup year, and the 1991 “War by the Shore” host has a special Ryder Cup package for golf groups of 12 or more that includes three rounds of competition, team shirts, receptions and much more.

9. Dominican Republic


Following a challenging 2017 hurricane season, 2018 is a banner year for golf in the Dominican Republic. Following a Web.com event in 2016-17, the country will fill in for Puerto Rico and host its first ever PGA Tour event. The host course, the lavish and spectacular Tom Fazio-designed Corales Course, reopened in late-2017 following storm damage to its ocean holes and is better than ever. Corales is the headliner among the golf courses in Punta Cana, but perhaps even more spectacular is nearby Punta Espada in Cap Cana, a Jack Nicklaus design that is rivals the Caribbean’s most memorable.

An hour down the road at Casa De Campo is the course that started it all and continues to shine, Teeth of the Dog. Updates include a new driving range that was installed prior to the Latin America Amateur Championship, new clubhouse at Dye Fore, and for resort guests, a sparking new beach club. The Corales-Punta Espada-Teeth of the Dog trio is about as good as it gets for golf in tropical climes. But for even more golf, an entirely new oceanfront course can also be experienced near Casa De Campo, La Romana Golf Club, which is part of the Bahia Principe Resort.

8. Baja Peninsula, Mexico

Danzante Bay Danzante Bay


The dynamite Rees Jones course at Danzante Bay Golf Club made a splashy debut at the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto in the Baja Peninsula last fall. But the real golf boom in Mexico is happening farther south in Los Cabos.

At present, Los Cabos Tourism reports more than 5,000 rooms with 13 new resorts in the pipeline. Developed within Diamante Los Cabos are the 639-room Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos (an early 2019 opening) and the 200-room Nobu Hotel Los Cabos (opening later this year), which will finally allow some public access to the three current Diamante courses.

The Twin Dolphin Golf Club, a project by Fred Couples with Todd Echenrode’s Origins Golf Design in California as the lead architect, could open later this year for property owners and guests at Montage Los Cabos, which comes online in May. The Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa and Grand Solmar The Residences at Rancho San Lucas recently completed phase one of development within Rancho San Lucas, a 834-acre master-planned community featuring 1.2 miles of beachfront. Its Greg Norman course should be ready by winter of 2018-2019, featuring six showcase holes on the Pacific Ocean.

7. Paris, France

 Le Golf National Le Golf National


Can a powerful American team full of young stars (and maybe Tiger Woods?) win the Ryder Cup for the first time on European soil since 1993? Organizers expect the Albatros course at Le Golf National outside of Paris to attract the largest crowds in Ryder Cup history with up to 65,000 fans per day. Many will be foreigners visiting for the culture, tourist spots in Versailles (15 minutes away) and Paris (40 minutes away) and the spectacular French food and wine, with a little golf thrown in for good measure. France features plenty of nice golf courses, although there aren’t enough local golfers for the game to thrive. Could a single event inspire an entire nation to take up golf?

6. Alberta’s Canadian Rockies

The total 36-hole rebuild of flood-ravaged Kananaskis County Golf Courses in Alberta was over five years in the making. But this summer, both Calgary locals and worldwide visitors to the spectacular Canadian Rockies finally have their two courses back.

The grand reopening is all the more reason to visit two of the best National Parks Courses in the world, Stanley Thompson’s Jasper Park and Banff Springs. Also, modern, dramatic standouts Stewart Creek and Silvertip are nearby. Breathtaking scenery and wildlife encounters are around every corner. The return of Kananaskis solidifies the Canadian Rockies as perhaps the world’s best mountain golf destination.


5. Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

 The Cradle The Cradle


There’s always a reason to visit the Sandhills and in 2018 that’s especially so. Pinehurst made major changes in 2017 by remodeling the No. 3 and No. 5 courses to make way for the Cradle short by Gil Hanse and the expanded Thistle Dhu putting course. Now all eyes turn to Hanse’s renovation of Pinehurst No. 4, which will totally deviate in style from the Tom Fazio-designed layout.

There is plenty going on outside the Pinehurst resort, however. Talamore and Mid South are sporting new renovations, Tobacco Road unveiled a new onsite cabin to rent, and Mid Pines and Pine Needles are also in the groove following respective updates.

Also, debuting is the Pinehurst Brewery inside the remodeled steam plant that once powered the entire Village of Pinehurst for almost a century.

4. Big Cedar Lodge

Since Johnny Morris dropped his line into the golf business, no destination has been as regularly newsworthy as his Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock in Missouri’s Ozarks. Happenings have included everything from sinkholes to Tiger Woods to the Legends of Golf tournament and an unparalleled commitment to short courses. But 2018 is particularly notable, because it signals the first regulation 18 holes commissioned by Morris are opening, Ozarks National (Morris acquired what is now called Buffalo Ridge Springs and has been steadily upgrading it). Major championship golf is also coming back to Missouri. The 2018 PGA Championship will be held in St. Louis at Bellerive. Tacking on a few days at Big Cedar before or after the championship would be smart travel.

3. Sand Valley

 Mammoth Dunes Mammoth Dunes


In a year’s time, Sand Valley has become a 53-hole mecca of inland links golf set among rolling hills in remote central Wisconsin. On the heels of last May’s opening of the Sand Valley course by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw comes the Sand Box, a 17-hole short course by the duo opening May 1, followed by the May 31 grand opening of Mammoth Dunes, the hyped David McLay Kidd project that allowed some preview play last summer. To keep up with demand, Sand Valley will be adding an intimate residential community, more lodging, a new practice facility, an expanded clubhouse with additional dining and a grass tennis court complex during the season. Perhaps not even developer Mike Keiser could have envisioned Sand Valley becoming so popular, so quickly.

2. Northern Michigan

 Sage Run Sage Run


The Midwest’s arms race of golf continues. After 2017 brought another major to Wisconsin, Michigan will host two Champions Tour events this summer and also debut two highly-anticipated course openings. First is the follow-up to Arcadia Bluffs, the South Course, a Chicago Golf Club-inspired layout that is already generating plenty of buzz for its square greens and other Raynor-inspired novelties.

There is a second brand-new course opening in Michigan, but it’s way, way up there. In the Upper Peninsula, Sage Run will open next to Sweetgrass, which complements a handful of nearby courses that include Greywalls and Timberstone. The U.P. standouts make for one of the more well-known value golf packages in the Midwest.

1. St. Andrews

 Carnoustie Golf Links Carnoustie Golf Links


Once again, the Home of Golf will be the epicenter of the game for two weeks in July. The Championship course at Carnoustie Golf Links, on the other side of the Tay River bridge from St. Andrews, will host its eighth rendition of The Open the week of July 15-22, its first major since Padraig Harrington’s playoff win over Sergio Garcia in 2007. Then comes the Senior Open Championship on the Old course at St. Andrews July 26-29. Senior Writer Jason Deegan learned during his visit prior to the 2015 Open there’s a misconception that tee times will be sold out before, during and after big events. That’s not the case. There are enough courses, and many golfers are busy with the events themselves. Don’t count on getting on the Old course, but there are other tee times to be had.

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February 28, 2018

Pine Needles to Host in 2022

Scene of Historic Performances, Pine Needles to Host in 2022
February 27, 2018 | Liberty Corner, N.J. By Julia Pine, USGA


2018 U.S. Women’s Open: Tickets    Sorenstam, Webb, Kerr Talk Pine Needles

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., will be the host site for the 77th U.S. Women’s Open in 2022. The championship, considered the ultimate test in women’s golf, will be held June 2–5.

The 2022 U.S. Women’s Open will be the seventh USGA championship and record fourth U.S. Women’s Open contested at Pine Needles, which is also set to host the 2nd U.S. Senior Women’s Open in 2019. The USGA was last at Pine Needles for the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, when Cristie Kerr won the first of her two majors with a two-stroke victory over Lorena Ochoa and Angela Park.


“We are thrilled to bring another U.S. Women’s Open to one of the most respected courses in the United States,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “Three great USGA champions have conquered the ultimate test in women’s golf at Pine Needles, and we look forward to adding the 77th U.S. Women’s Open champion to that illustrious list.”

In addition to Kerr’s victory in 2007, Pine Needles also played host to the 2001 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Karrie Webb, and the 1996 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Annika Sorenstam.


“Pine Needles is, if not my favorite U.S. Women’s Open venue, it’s in the top three,” said Webb, whose 2001 victory was her second straight Women’s Open title. “Pine Needles [in 1996] was my very first U.S. Open I ever played in, and then when we went back in 2001, I was so excited to be there as a defending champion. Obviously, it was a special week where I played fantastic golf at a tremendous golf course. I’ll always have special memories of Pine Needles.”


Designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1928, Pine Needles was renovated in 2004 by John Fought, who oversaw the restoration of greens and bunkers to their original forms with the aid of vintage aerial photos. In the summer of 2016, Kyle Franz was brought in to assist with a green rebuilding and bunker restoration project that aimed to maximize hole locations. The club, which was owned by women’s golf advocate, renowned instructor and LPGA Tour charter member Peggy Kirk Bell from 1953 until her death in 2016, also hosted the 1989 U.S. Girls’ Junior and 1991 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur championships.

“To host the most prestigious event in women’s golf for the fourth time speaks to our longstanding relationship with the USGA, and we’re honored they accepted our invitation to host the Women’s Open in 2022,” said Kelly Miller, president and CEO of Pine Needles. “The Donald Ross-designed course has already crowned three memorable Women’s Open champions, and we’re confident it will again be a welcoming yet challenging host for the world’s best players. I can only imagine how happy Mrs. Bell would have been to host another Women’s Open.”

Bell is largely credited with being the driving force behind Pine Needles hosting its first three U.S. Women’s Opens.

This will be the 34th USGA championship contested in North Carolina, which most recently hosted the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, in the Village of Pinehurst. Upcoming USGA championships in the Tar Heel State include the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Charlotte Country Club, the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, the 2019 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst and the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur at Old Chatham Golf Club. Pinehurst No. 2 will also host the 2024 U.S. Open.

Upcoming U.S. Women’s Open Championships will be contested May 31-June 3, 2018, at Shoal Creek (Ala.); May 30-June 2, 2019, at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.); June 4-7, 2020, at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas; June 3-6, 2021, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.; and June 1-4, 2023, at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links in Pebble Beach.

Julia Pine is the manager of championship communications for the USGA. Email her at jpine@usga.org.

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January 30, 2018

Pinehurst to host 2019 US Amateur

“We are pleased to welcome the USGA’s oldest championship to Pinehurst once again in 2019,” Pinehurst owner Robert Dedman said in a statement. “As long as there has been golf at Pinehurst, we have celebrated the contributions amateurs have made to the game. To serve as the site of the U.S. Amateur will be an especially proud moment for Pinehurst, and it reflects the passion for amateur golf we share with the USGA.”

This is the second USGA event on the schedule for Pinehurst, which will host the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball in 2017, the third edition of that new tournament.

With the long-rumored U.S. Amateur officially headed to Pinehurst, attention now turns to the return of the U.S. Open. In June, outgoing Pinehurst president Don Padgett II said he expected it wouldn’t be long.

“Do we know exactly which year? No,” Padgett said. “But they’re coming back, and we’ll probably host an Amateur before we host an Open.”

The USGA has awarded Opens through 2021, with The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., expected to host in 2022 and Los Angeles Country Club in 2023.

Also on the Sandhills golf radar: The Women’s Open could return to Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club for a fourth time at some point in that rough time frame, potentially as early as 2020.

DeCock: @LukeDeCock or 919-829-8947


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/golf/article20794515.html#storylink=cpy
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2018, 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Sites Unveiled

February 5, 2016
FAR HILLS, N.J.

The United States Golf Association today announced Chicago Golf Club, in Wheaton, Ill., and Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, in Southern Pines, N.C., as the host sites of the inaugural 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship and 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, respectively.

“The USGA is proud to realize its vision of hosting national championships for players of all age demographics, and we are thrilled that the first two editions of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be contested at two of the most respected courses in the United States,” said USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., who announced the establishment of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open in February 2015. “We hope this championship will inspire generations of female golfers to continue competing at the highest level long into their careers.”

The championship will be open to professional females, and amateur females with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4, who have reached their 50th birthday as of the first day of the championship. The field will include 120 players, who will earn entry into the championship via sectional qualifying at sites nationwide or through an exemption category, the details of which will be announced at a later date.

The format will mirror that of the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open championships: a walking-only, 72-hole stroke play competition over four consecutive days with a 36-hole cut to the top 60 players, including ties. Prize money will be announced at a later date.

The first U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be contested July 12-15, 2018 at Chicago Golf Club, one of the five founding clubs of the USGA and the oldest golf club in the U.S. in continuous use at the same location. The club was founded in 1893 by Charles Blair Macdonald, who won the inaugural U.S. Amateur in 1895. The original 18-hole course was renovated in 1923 by Seth Raynor and remains largely unchanged today.

This will be Chicago Golf Club’s 12th USGA championship. The club hosted its first two USGA championships in 1897 – the U.S. Open, won by Joe Lloyd, and the U.S. Amateur, won by H.J. Whigham. It also hosted the 1900 U.S. Open, won by Harry Vardon, a six-time winner of the Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, and the 1911 U.S. Open, won by 19-year-old John J. McDermott, who survived a three-man playoff to become the championship’s first American winner. Additional USGA championships contested at the club include: the U.S. Amateur (1905, 1909 and 1912), U.S. Women’s Amateur (1903), U.S. Senior Amateur (1979), and two Walker Cup Matches, both won by the USA Team (1928 and 2005). 

“As a founding member of the USGA, Chicago Golf Club is honored to support the USGA’s newest championship by hosting the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open,” said Brad Kinsey, president of Chicago Golf Club. “We look forward to making this, our 12th USGA championship, an exceptional event for players and spectators alike.”

The 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, the 61st USGA championship to be contested in Illinois, will be the state’s first Open championship since the 2003 U.S. Open, won by Jim Furyk at Olympia Fields Country Club. The 2015 U.S. Amateur, won by Bryson DeChambeau and also played at Olympia Fields, was the most recent USGA championship played in Illinois.

Pine Needles will host the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open from May 16-19. Designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1928, the course was most recently renovated in 2004 by John Fought, who oversaw the restoration of greens and bunkers to their original forms with the aid of vintage aerial photos.

This will be the sixth USGA championship contested at Pine Needles and the first since the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Cristie Kerr. The club, owned by women’s golf advocate, instructor and former LPGA Tour player Peggy Kirk Bell, also hosted the 1996 and 2001 U.S. Women’s Opens, won by Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb, respectively. Additionally, the 1989 U.S. Girls’ Junior and 1991 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur championships were contested at Pine Needles.

“On behalf of the Bell family and our entire community, Pine Needles is thrilled the USGA has accepted our invitation to host the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship,” said Kelly Miller, president of Pine Needles. “Having hosted three previous U.S. Women’s Opens, we look forward to seeing some familiar faces and welcoming all competitors to this new USGA championship. I’m confident our Donald Ross-designed course will identify another great champion.”

This will be the 32nd USGA championship contested in North Carolina, which most recently hosted the historic back-to-back 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open championships at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, in the Village of Pinehurst. Upcoming USGA championships in the Tar Heel State include the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and the 2019 U.S. Amateur, both at Pinehurst, and the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Charlotte Country Club.

 
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USGA makes it official: Pinehurst to host 2024 U.S. Open

“It’s a day to celebrate,” Pinehurst resort president Tom Pashley said Wednesday. “It’s great honor to earn the respect and trust of the U.S. Golf Association. Their willingness to return in 2024 again validates No. 2 as a championship test.

“It’s very important to continue to host a U.S. Open. It’s something that continues to make Pinehurst relevant to each new generation.”

Pashley said there had been no discussions with the USGA about hosting the 2024 U.S. Women’s Open in another Open doubleheader.

In the 1999 Open, the late Payne Stewart won with a par putt on the final hole, edging Phil Mickelson and striking a victory pose for the ages.


Pinehurst quickly was awarded the 2005 U.S. Open, won by Michael Campbell of New Zealand in a last-day duel with Tiger Woods. Martin Kaymer of Germany was a runaway winner in the U.S. Open last year, and Michelle Wie scored her breakthrough victory in a major championship by winning the U.S. Women’s Open seven days later.

“The thrill of hosting an Open never goes away,” Pashley said. “There are distinct memories from each Open. I remember last year feeling so proud of having so many people at Pinehurst, so many talking about Pinehurst. We’re in it and around it every day, but when the world sees it, it’s invigorating.

“Each Open carves out its own identity, its own memories. It should be that way in 2024.”

Pinehurst officials were expecting the USGA to break the news on the 2024 Open with its announcement this week. But the Pinehurst Village Council voted last week to approve a licensing agreement with the USGA for the 2024 championship. The agreement will include a payment of $350,000 by the USGA to the council.

“We are absolutely pleased to partner again with the USGA,” Pinehurst mayor Nancy Fiorillo said last week.

The USGA on Wednesday announced the sites for three U.S. Opens: The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. (2022, Los Angeles Country Club (2023) and Pinehurst. The 2024 Open will be played June 13-16.

“Pinehurst has elevated itself to one of the great and historic places in golf in this country,” USGA president Thomas O’Toole said in a statement. “Some say it’s our St. Andrews — it’s certainly something special, and that’s why we’re going back there for the 2024 U.S. Open.”

Having the 2014 Opens in back-to-back weeks was an economic boon. There was $140 million in visitor spending, with an economic impact of more than $238 million over a 26-county region.

Pashley didn’t completely rule out a U.S. Open-U.S. Women’s Open repeat in 2024. He noted the USGA typically makes an announcement on a U.S. Women’s Open site about two years after its U.S. Open selection, but added, “We’ve had no conversations at this point.”

Pinehurst will host a pair of USGA events before the 2024 Open. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be played in 2017 and the U.S. Amateur will return in 2019.

Pinehurst No. 2, the Donald Ross masterpiece, underwent an extensive renovation before the 2014 Opens. The golf design team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore narrowed fairways and added more natural areas and native grasses to give No. 2 a more rustic look.

The bent-grass greens on No. 2 then were replaced by Champion bermuda grass soon after the championships.

“Pinehurst has elevated itself to one of the great and historic places in golf in this country,” USGA president Thomas O’Toole said in a statement. “Some say it’s our St. Andrews — it’s certainly something special, and that’s why we’re going back there for the 2024 U.S. Open.”

Pressed to pick an early-line favorite for the 2024 U.S. Open, Pashley said Mickelson and Woods should have aged out but noted Jordan Spieth, this year’s U.S. Open champ, will be just 30.

“In theory he should be in his prime, and there’s no telling how many Opens he may have won by then,” Pashley said.


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U.S. Open Sites Revealed for 2022, 2023 and 2024

 

July 22, 2015
FAR HILLS, N.J.
By USGA

Three outstanding venues in three distinct regions of the U.S. were part of a landmark announcement today, as the USGA awarded the 2022, 2023 and 2024 U.S. Open Championships to The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club and Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., respectively. 

“We are elated to host our national championship at these three historic venues,” said Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., president of the USGA. “Each one is located in an area where golf and sports are celebrated, and we have already felt tremendous community support. We look forward to the test of golf that each of these classic designs will present to the world’s best players.”

The 2022 U.S. Open, to be held June 16-19, will be the fourth U.S. Open at The Country Club, which most recently hosted the 2013 U.S. Amateur, won by Matthew Fitzpatrick, of England.

“We are thrilled to bring the 122nd U.S. Open Championship to such a storied golf course and a great club, one of the five clubs that founded the USGA in 1894,” said O’Toole. “Arguably the most significant event in American golf happened there in 1913, when the young local amateur Francis Ouimet defeated the top pros of the day, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, in the first U.S. Open played at The Country Club.”

The 2022 U.S. Open will be the 17th USGA championship hosted by The Country Club, second-most among U.S. clubs to Merion, with 18. The three previous U.S. Opens conducted at the club – all of which were decided in 18-hole playoffs – were in 1913 (won by Ouimet), 1963 (won by Julius Boros) and 1988 (won by Curtis Strange).

Other USGA championships played at the club include five U.S. Amateurs (1910, 1922, 1934, 1957 and 1982), as well as the 1902, 1941 and 1995 U.S. Women’s Amateurs, the 1932 and 1973 Walker Cup Matches, the 1953 U.S. Girls’ Junior and the 1968 U.S. Junior Amateur. It also hosted the 1999 Ryder Cup, won by the USA in a rousing final-day rally capped by Justin Leonard’s clinching putt.

“The Country Club has a long-standing, valued partnership with the United States Golf Association, so our membership is very excited and proud to have been chosen as the host site of the 2022 U.S. Open,” said Will Fulton, The Country Club’s general chairman for the 2022 U.S. Open. “We have been fortunate to have held 16 USGA events and to have witnessed some of golf’s great moments. Along with our gracious co-hosts, the Town of Brookline, we look forward to welcoming golf fans from New England and around the world.”

The 2023 U.S. Open will be held June 15-18, and Los Angeles Country Club will become just the third U.S. Open venue in Southern California, joining Riviera Country Club in nearby Pacific Palisades (1948) and Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego (2008, 2021).

“This George Thomas-designed gem, the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club, was recently restored by Gil Hanse, architect of the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro,” said O’Toole. “It’s a perfect opportunity to take the U.S. Open to Los Angeles.”

The 2023 U.S. Open will be the fourth USGA championship at the club, which hosted the 1930 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by six-time champion Glenna Collett Vare over three-time winner Virginia Van Wie) and the 1954 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Foster Bradley Jr. over Al Geiberger). It will also host the 2017 Walker Cup Match, which is scheduled for Sept. 9-10.

“The city loves to host major events,” said John Chulick, club president. “This region, not having hosted the U.S. Open for 75 years, will be ecstatic about this.”

The 2024 U.S. Open, to be held June 13-16 on Pinehurst’s Course No. 2, will mark the fourth U.S. Open and 11th USGA championship at the historic venue. In addition to the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in June 2014, won by Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie, the USGA has conducted these national championships at Pinehurst No. 2: the 1962 U.S. Amateur (won by Labron Harris Jr.); the 1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by Vicki Goetze-Ackerman); the 1994 U.S. Senior Open (won by Simon Hobday); the 1999 U.S. Open (won by Payne Stewart); the 2005 U.S. Open (won by Michael Campbell) and the 2008 U.S. Amateur (won by Danny Lee).

“Pinehurst has elevated itself to one of the great and historic places in golf in this country,” said O’Toole. “Some say it’s our St. Andrews – it’s certainly something special, and that’s why we’re going back there for the 2024 U.S. Open.”

Prior to the 2024 U.S. Open, Pinehurst will host the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be named as the site for the 2024 U.S. Open,” said Tom Pashley, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club president. “We take great pride in our relationship with the USGA and feel fortunate they have chosen to bring the national championship back to Pinehurst for the fourth time in just 25 years.”

FUTURE U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
DATES VENUE LOCATION
2016 (June 16-19) Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pa.
2017 (June 15-18) Erin Hills Erin, Wis.
2018 (June 14-17) Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Southampton, N.Y.
2019 (June 13-16) Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, Calif.
2020 (June 18-21) Winged Foot Golf Club Mamaroneck, N.Y.
2021 (June 17-20) Torrey Pines Golf Course San Diego, Calif.
2022 (June 16-19) The Country Club Brookline, Mass.
2023 (June 15-18) Los Angeles Country Club Los Angeles, Calif.
2024 (June 13-16) Pinehurst Resort & Country Club Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
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December 29, 2017

Mid South, Talamore Golf Clubs Open Memberships

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Until recently, only property owners of Mid South and Talamore could enjoy the club’s membership. Now, for the first time, a limited number of non-property owners will have access to one of the area’s premier club membership opportunities.

A  limited number of “Magnolia Memberships” will be made available to non-property owners. Opening the membership to non-property owners is among a series of recent changes at the two clubs off Midland Road in Southern Pines.

For starters, there is the newly renamed “King’s Course” at Mid South, the only Arnold Palmer Signature course in the Sandhills. Palmer’s masterpiece has been high on everyone’s list of great courses in the area, including one Pinehurst magazine that gave it the ranking of “No. 1 Private Course in the Area.”

This summer, the King’s Course got new Champion Bermuda greens along with a host of other course renovations.

“The greens restoration is nothing short of a watershed event,” said General Manager Matt Hausser. “Some greens increased in size by as much as 40 percent, as the many years of Bermuda encroachment were removed and the greens have been restored to their original shape and size. It’s incredible. All of the greens had shrunken to oval shape because of the Bermuda encroachment. We now have fingers and approach areas that we never knew existed. The opportunity for many unique pin placements will make the course even more fun and challenging.”

Along with the green’s renovation is a Mid South clubhouse overhaul.

“Our membership has grown in a lot of new directions over the past several years and the Clubhouse needed to move with the times,” said Hausser.

The back porch has now been enclosed to include a new bar, which has indoor and outdoor seating and big screen TVs for sporting events.

The main floor receives a full cosmetic overhaul with new furniture, flooring and a few other surprise touches to give it a unique and updated feel. Also in store is a dedicated kids area for members, which will have PlayStations, Nintendo, comfortable beanbag seating and more. “Members will be able to visit the club and feel comfortable to enjoy their time while the kids can do their thing,” said Hausser.

A new deck with pergola covered seating, outdoor living spaces with fire-pits geared up for “S’mores Night” are also in store. Upstairs at Mid South is the adult’s only Crow’s Nest, which boasts the finest views and bartending in the area. Comfortable seating indoors and out make this the ultimate private club hangout out.

“The new Clubhouse features along with our renowned Crow’s Nest are in keeping with where private Clubs need to be,” said Hausser. “It’s all about quality time with friends and family. The Club is the center of their universe and needs to have the facilities to pull it off.”

At Talamore, the Rees Jones masterpiece is coming off its acclaimed course and greens renovation also with Champion Bermuda. The New Course at Talamore is being heralded as whole new playing experience.

“It has been an incredible year,” said Tag Leon, Talamore’s Manager. “I have been here for 15 years and in the golf business all my life and never seen anything like it. We removed 75 bunkers, enhanced cart path access to all holes, improved walk on and off to greens, and of course added our new signature sod wall bunkers. Members and guests are thrilled with the new experience.”

Talamore also received a major clubhouse renovation that included an expanded bar, enclosed rear patio, and comfortable seating with a unique new old time, rustic feel. It’s now a whole new game at Talamore.

Alongside the Palmer and Jones’ centerpieces are a plethora of club amenities including two clubhouses, pools at both properties, Jacuzzis, kiddie pool, tennis, basketball and even pickle ball. More than 50 member-only social and golf events adorn an active, year-round calendar at the clubs. Member Guests, Men’s and Ladies Day, the club’s famous Putt-Putt, Casino night, Pumpkin Painting, Guest Chefs, Chili cook off and more provide something for all ages and tastes.

Members can also enjoy seamless privileges with Talamore’s two highly renowned clubs in Pennsylvania — Talamore Country Club and Applecross Country Club by the Nicklaus Design group. Championship golf, exceptional private club dining, pools, fitness and great local accommodations make Talamore’s pair of Pennsylvania clubs a unique and fun experience for all members. Members have access to all club events so they can plan their trip around special events at all the Talamore clubs.

For more information, call Tag Leon at 910-692-5884 x 127 or tag@talamore.com.

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