June 21, 2019

Mid South Club – The King’s Finest in the Pinehurst Area

Original Post Shared from The Golfin’ Guy
By David Theoret – June 14, 2019

The Mid South Club is the other piece of the puzzle at the Talamore Golf Resort; a layout skillfully designed by Arnold Palmer. Although construction of the Mid South Club – originally known as Pinehurst Plantation – began in 1988, the course didn’t open until 1993. Even though the property exchanged hands a few times, the club continued to struggle until Talamore Golf Partners acquired the layout in 2004 and made some capital improvements, building several amenities, one of which is the beautiful, present day clubhouse.

After a successful rebuild of the New Course at Talamore, plans were set in motion to convert the greens at Mid South Club to Champion Bermuda. And, in an effort to make the course more player-friendly, a new set of forward tees was added to many holes, a welcome change for those just learning the game. During the off season, the cart paths were reworked; in many cases, heavily damaged areas were restored with a natural packed sand base and re-concreted where necessary. Amenities at Mid South Club have also received an upgrade. One of the tennis courts was converted to a basketball court and a new barbecue and hospitality area was added to the pool area.

Mid South Club consists of 545 acres of emerald fairways and towering pine trees, set within a private, residential community. You’ll find significant elevation changes, shimmering lakes and numerous wetlands that come into play throughout the course. Mid South Club does everything in a big way: big greens, big fairways, big bunkers, big lakes – and in some areas, big rocks (like those fronting the ninth and eighteenth greens).

From most tee boxes, Number 2 is the shortest par 4 on the course, but by no means the easiest. Yet it should be. It’s a modest dogleg right with a lake down the right side and lots of room to the center and left. If you play the hole correctly, the water shouldn’t even come into play, keyword, shouldn’t. The problem is too many players want to go big off the tee and cut the dogleg, leaving a wedge into the green instead of a 7 or 8-iron. Many of them end up reteeing or dropping another ball. That said, play out the left side of the fairway off the tee and leave yourself a manageable shot into the green. Play it like you should and you’ll be happy! Or donate a ball to the water gods; your choice.

The 12th hole is a hole you won’t soon forget. It’s a long par 4 – 442 yards from the back tees – that looks as beautiful as it is difficult. It’s a true Pinehurst golf hole – tall pine trees line both sides of the fairway, and requires a great tee shot followed by a long iron, followed by a good putt. That’s how most golfers play the hole, and by long iron, I mean probably a hybrid or fairway wood. It is Pinehurst at its simplest, Pinehurst at its best.

The Lodges at Mid South are the ultimate in high-end luxury condominiums. They sit adjacent to the clubhouse and offer fabulous golf and water views that stretch from 1st fairway all the way over to the 9th and 18th holes as well as the new 19th hole. Each unit at The Lodges features 1,800 square feet of living space, and amenities identical to the Talamore Golf Villas. Each bedroom features two queen size beds. Should you find yourself on the second floor, you’ll pass the welcome fountain and climb a gracious southern spiral staircase to the second level.

In addition to world-class golf and accommodations at both facilities, the Talamore Golf Resort takes great care of its guests with a complimentary breakfast buffet every day from 6:30 – 9:30, featuring all of your favorite breakfast food and some southern favorites: biscuits and southern style gravy and homestyle grits. Every Thursday night from April – October, Talamore hosts a Carolina-style BBQ pig roast with all the fixings: cole slaw, potato salad and rolls. Soft drinks, beer and wine are also available, or you are invited to bring your own. This BBQ extravaganza is hosted in the spacious, new Talamore Pavilion, or you can fill up a to go box and take it back to your villa.

When packaged together, the Mid South Club and The New Course at Talamore are a very formidable pair that will rival any two-course combination in the area. Throw in a few other local courses and you’ve got a golf vacation that will produce life long memories. For more information or to book your next golf vacation at the Talamore Golf Resort, visit them at www.talamoregolfresort.com.

The Talamore Golf Resort in Southern Pines, NC offers two of the area’s finest golf courses and accommodations that are second to none: The New Course at Talamore and Mid South Club, just down the street. Both properties have received numerous accolades from such reputable publications as Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Pinehurst Magazine and GolfLink.com.

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Talamore Golf Resort – The New Course and Mid South Club: A Formidable One-Two Punch

Original Post Shared from The Golfin’ Guy
By David Theoret – June 14, 2019

The Talamore Golf Resort in Southern Pines, NC offers two of the area’s finest golf courses and accommodations that are second to none: The New Course at Talamore and Mid South Club, just down the street. Both properties have received numerous accolades from such reputable publications as Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Pinehurst Magazine and GolfLink.com.

Back in 1991 when the Talamore Golf Resort opened its doors, the owners went out of their way to make it the ultimate golf experience by hiring world renowned golf course architect Rees Jones to create a one of a kind golf course in the Sandhills. But Talamore featured something even more unique than a new Rees Jones layout: llama caddies! It was the llamas that put Talamore on the international golfing map, and the press ate it up. In fact, there were more than 5,000 articles written and published all over the globe about Talamore and their llamas!

While the llamas are no longer around – there are rumors that Talamore is considering bringing them back, at least on a limited basis – the Talamore Golf Resort and the New Course are flourishing. The New Course has a lot of obstacles you would associate with the Sandhills region: towering longleaf pine trees, lakes, wetlands, massive bunkers and waste bunkers and over 150 ft. of elevation change. Although the course plays over 7,000 yards from the back tees, being able to hit the ball a long way isn’t always going to be a benefit. Jones created Talamore to be a thinking man’s golf course, one which requires position and control over brute strength. You have to manufacture shots if you want to score well.

When Talamore turned 25 a couple of years ago, management and ownership saw that as a good time to implement some needed changes. Superintendent David Walsh and his staff, along with General Manager/PGA Professional Matt Hausser and the skilled crew of Shapemasters set about to reimagine what the course should be all about. Through a combination of restoration and rejuvenation projects they were able to unlock the course’s hidden potential and make it more user friendly.

The biggest changes were made to the green complexes. Greens were restored to their original 1991 dimensions and converted from bent grass to Champion Bermuda, giving them a truer roll and a lot more speed. Sixty-inch TifEagle Bermuda green collars were also added around each green. A significant number of bunkers were removed; many areas were re-contoured to blend in with the surrounding terrain, providing more forgiveness in the landing zones and around the greens. The course conditioning was given a makeover and golf cart access was also improved, resulting in a 30-minute decrease in an average round of golf. Talamore is also home to the only sod wall bunkers in the Sandhills area; 12 bunkers that provide a fun and unique challenge.

Talamore’s toughest hole – at least by scorecard standards – is the 16th hole. From the back tees, this gentle dogleg left par 4 plays 444 yards with a narrow fairway off the tees, guarded by dense pine forests on either side. It’s uphill all the way, more noticeably on your approach, making a long shot that much longer. The fairway bunker short of the green on the right side really shouldn’t come into play, but the nasty pot bunker short left sees its fair share of play. Par is an excellent score here.

Talamore Golf Villas, which were constructed shortly after the club’s opening and have long been a favorite among golfers vacationing in the area. They offer wonderful amenities and panoramic views of the New Course’s signature holes. Inside, you’ll find plush and well-appointed accommodations including spacious living and dining rooms, bedrooms with two full-size beds and full kitchens. Each living room and bedroom has cable TV and wireless Internet access. There’s also a washer and dryer in each unit in case you lose a bet! Daily maid service is available too. Other on-property amenities include a gracious southern style Clubhouse, a pool with cabanas and a guest hospitality suite complete with and outdoor BBQ grove in their new outdoor pavilion with spacious seating, fireplaces and TV’s.

When packaged together, the Mid South Club and The New Course at Talamore are a very formidable pair that will rival any two-course combination in the area. Throw in a few other local courses and you’ve got a golf vacation that will produce life long memories. For more information or to book your next golf vacation at the Talamore Golf Resort, visit them at www.talamoregolfresort.com.

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