PINEHURST, NC (January 2016) — Following in the footsteps of revered Pinehurst No. 2, Pine Needles, Mid Pines and Tobacco Road, the Talamore Golf Resort announced that in 2016, it would be converting its bent grass greens to Bermuda.
The project will commence in early May 2016 and is expected to be complete by mid July — in time for the annual U.S. Kids World Golf Championship held throughout Pinehurst and for which Talamore is a host golf and lodging facility.
Around the famed Sandhills of North Carolina, visitors to the Talamore Resort stay and play two of the area’s finest courses, The New Course at Talamore and its sister course Mid South Club, both located on Midland Road midway between the Pinehurst Resort and Mid Pines/Pine Needles.
The New Course at Talamore has been ranked in the forefront of outstanding courses since opening in 1991. Architect Rees Jones, who helped fine-tune Pinehurst No. 2 for the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens, designed a course that is both visually striking and exceptionally enjoyable. The 7,020-yard layout was also made famous by instituting the first llama caddie program, which makes for an unforgettable day.
Talamore debuted with the Penncross strain of bent grass on its greens. After a quarter-century, the club began reviewing different renewal concepts. Talamore decided to convert to Bermuda in large part based on the overwhelming success enjoyed by the other local courses that already made the transition.
“Along with the smooth consistency, Bermuda greens fare far better than bent grass during the hot summer months around the Sandhills,” said Matt Hausser, PGA, General Manager at Talamore Golf Resort. “After a thorough review of the different strains, we have selected Champion Bermuda.”