January 19, 2021


Recently renovated Rees Jones design ranked No. 1 “Best Public golf course in North Carolina” and Top 10 in the US in Golfers’ Choice 2021; also rated among the “Top 25 U.S. Golf Courses for Course Conditions.”

SOUTHERN PINES, NC (January 2021) — Golf Advisor has revealed its highly anticipated, annual collection of Golfers’ Choice lists of the best golf courses in the United States, which can be found within dedicated pages on GolfPass.

Talamore Golf Resort in Southern Pines, N.C., was ranked as the No. 1 golf course in North Carolina. “I cannot wait to go back and play this course again,” wrote one rater. “Amazing resort quality conditions at a fair price.”

Talamore Golf Resort and nearby Mid South Club are sister properties under the Talamore Golf Resort umbrella of clubs. In more than a quarter century since this innovative resort near the Village of Pinehurst first debuted — offering llamas as caddies — the popular Sandhills golf getaway has remained on the cutting edge of resort innovation.

“We are always proud of our golf offerings at Talamore Golf Resort and these reader rankings further validate the high quality we want to present our members and our guests,” said Matt Hausser, PGA General Manager of Talamore Golf Resort.

In 2018, the Village of Pinehurst Area Chapter of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) named Talamore its “Course of the Year.” The prestigious award came two years after a major restoration was performed on the golf course. A year later, the Arnold Palmer-designed Mid South Club — the only Palmer Signature course in the Sandhills —  underwent a similar restoration and greens conversion along with numerous other club enhancements.

In all, these projects were among $6 million in capital improvements at Talamore’s four North Carolina and Pennsylvania facilities.

The Golfers’ Choice lists recognize top courses in 10 categories, highlighted by the “Top 50”  overall, and also including: Most Improved, Value, Layout, Staff Friendliness, Pace of Play, Course Conditions, Off-Course Amenities. Talamore ranked #9 overall.

In the Golfers’ Choice 2021 “Top 25 U.S. golf courses for Course Conditions,” Talamore Golf Resort was ranked No. 22 in the entire country. “Really love this course,” wrote one reviewer. “Excellent value for the money. Spacious tee boxes, which are important to navigate the angles on the many doglegs. Possibly the finest bunkers I’ve ever played out of… we drove an hour from Durham but it was WELL worth it.”

Talamore Golf Resort became more player-friendly after its recent renovation. The green complexes were restored to their original 1991 Rees Jones design by recapturing the greens surrounds, which had been encroached by native Bermuda grasses. The greens were converted from bent grass to Champion Bermuda and have received rave reviews. Greens reconstruction and other course modifications were managed by Shapemasters, a well known international golf course construction company.

Talamore also received a major clubhouse renovation that included a new halfway house, an expanded bar, enclosed rear patio and comfortable seating with a unique new old time, rustic feel.

Relied on by recreational golfers for its one million-plus, user-generated golf course reviews and expert travel content, Golf Advisor recently completed its integration to GolfPass, the sport’s most comprehensive digital destination and membership program. The Golfers’ Choice lists – recognizing top courses in 10 categories as determined by golfers who shared their reviews throughout the previous year – are revealed each January and are Golf Advisor’s most popular lists.

“2020 was a remarkable year for the game and that was reflected in the more than 265,000 reviews we received, a 72% increase year over year,” said Brandon Tucker, senior managing editor for GolfPass. “The golf courses that were able to navigate the pandemic and still provide a safe and exemplary experience were rewarded by grateful golfers who found a refuge at their facility and thanked them for their efforts.”

Grounds crews went above and beyond with their course conditions in 2020 at these public-access golf courses. Course conditions are one of six subcategories that reviewers can rate 1-5 in a golf course review at GolfPass. Unlike golf course rankings published by industry insiders who have access to golf courses the public may never have the opportunity to play, Golf Advisor’s Golfers’ Choice lists are totally consumer driven — by recreational golfers, for recreational golfers. Ages, handicaps and budgets of golfers using the website run the gamut, so the one million-plus reviews Golf Advisor has accumulated showcase the golf course characteristics that are the most important to avid golfers across the country.

“The average star rating from our community was at all-time highs,” Tucker said. “And perhaps due to travel restrictions and guidelines, local-oriented courses within and near metro areas appeared to score particularly well in this year’s lists.”

More than 4,200 golf courses received the minimum 10 reviews in 2020 to qualify for consideration. All Golfers’ Choice lists are based on more than 265,000 user-generated reviews received throughout the year.

GolfPass is designed for today’s golfer and is the only digital golf membership that delivers exclusive content and comprehensive benefits designed to help every type of golfer — from beginner to expert — play more and better golf. Developed in partnership between global golf superstar Rory McIlroy and NBC Sports Group, GolfPass is a first-of-its-kind, direct-to-consumer subscription program, which offers opportunities to play more golf, comprehensive tools to improve any golfer’s game and high-quality video content. Series included in the vast library of video content available exclusively as part of a GolfPass membership, are originals like The Conor Moore Show, Breaking into the Game: Juniors with Michael Bannon, My Daily Routine, My Roots, and more. A GolfPass membership is available in North America at GolfPass.com, in the U.K. and Republic of Ireland at GolfPass.co.uk, and in Australia at www.GolfPass.com.au. The GolfPass membership also is available via connected TV, iOS and Android apps.



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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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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


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
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.


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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.

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2018, 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Sites Unveiled

February 5, 2016

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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