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Talamore Golf Resort A Golf Destination Unique from its Beginnings
By John Torsiello | Published  10/24/2012 | Player's Choice Awards | Unrated
Talamore Golf Resort A Golf Destination Unique from its Beginnings
When visitors stay at the famed Talamore Golf Resort in one of golf’s most famous destinations, Pinehurst, North Carolina, they get to enjoy all that the Resort and the area has to offer, including its own championship course designed by Rees Jones, and the private Mid South Club, located in one of the Carolinas most attractive private residential golf communities.

And that’s a special treat, as the Mid South Club’s Arnold Palmer Signature golf course offers a visually beautiful, challenging, yet enjoyable championship layout on which to test your skills, all on a course that is usually for members only. Mid-South has hosted a number of prestigious tournaments and qualifiers, including those for the U.S. and U.S. Senior opens and U.S. Amateur. Mid South’s  elevation changes, native wetlands and numerous lakes are seamlessly weaved into a design that many hail as one of Arnold Palmer’s best ever. Pinehurst Magazine has ranked Mid South as the Number One Private Course in the Pinehurst area.

Mid South has many great holes, thus naming its feature hole is a challenge unto itself. Some of the most unique and unforgettable holes and vistas include the elevated tee shot from the second hole across one of the many lakes to a sharp dogleg right. Then get set for a wide angle tee shot from four that brings a yawning fairway bunker into play. The absolutely postcard perfect par-three sixth hole  features a beautiful lake with large boulder retaining walls protecting its front. The view from the fairway of unique par-five ninth hole is one of the most breathtaking you will ever see, as golfers decide whether to go for it or not to a unique double green that ties into number 18. The Mid South Clubhouse and Lodge in the background frames the view perfectly.

The back nine at Mid South continues the momentum with several holes framed with native love grass including the 10th green and literally the entire par-three 11th. The elevation changes and water features build like the crescendo of finely tuned classical music with another unique par-five at number 15 with up and down elevation changes and water guarding the green for anyone daring to go for the green in two. Water embraces the classic par-four 16th with target shots required to get to the water guarded fairway and a green surrounded on three sides.

Finishing at Mid South is a classic par-three on hole 17, whose green is one of the most challenging on the course. Wetlands abound to the front and right of the hole and par may be elusive. The dramatic par-four 18th completes the masterpiece with water up the entire right side of the fairway and guarding the green to the front and right. The 18th green connects to the ninth green and the wide angle of total golf beauty on this finishing hole is absolutely breathtaking.

Still tied after 18? No worries because Mid South has a unique 19thhole, a par-three with yardage ranging from 110 yards to 180 yards. The teeing areas of “number 19” are encased in native love-grass, providing a visually stimulating experience as you draw straws to clear up any ties. A forced carry across native wetlands to another unique double green will take you to the back deck of the famed Mid South Clubhouse.

Across the street at Talamore Golf Resort, course architect Rees Jones linked his name forever with the great golf of North Carolina. Talamore is also home the world famous llama caddies seen on CNN, Time magazine, Life magazine and in newspapers as far as Europe and Africa.

The Talamore layout has received numerous accolades over the years, including Best New Course in the South and Top Five in the country in 1992 by Golf Digest, one of the best resort courses in the area by Pinehurst magazine, Top 100 nationwide by Golf Links and numerous Top 20 state ranking over the years by regional and national publications. Talamore was named “North Carolina Golf Course of the Year” in both 2002 and 2003, and more recently in 2012. Golf Digest regularly hails Talamore with 4 ˝ stars in its national guides.
According to the “U.S. Open Doctor” Jones, “This is a position course. Length isn’t going to benefit the long hitter. What I’m trying to do is require thinking. I don’t want to take the driver out of the golfer’s hands, but I want him to have to think about whether he wants to use it.”

“You have to manufacture golf shots and make them happen. Strategy is an important key to a successful round here. My hope is that golfers will enjoy this dimension of the game. Talamore is intended to capture the best of classic golf in the Village of Pinehurst area. The site has a spirit that’s unmistakable, one that allowed for a remarkable diversity of features. There’s a challenge in the course that’s meant to add to the enjoyment of the game. After all, golf is supposed to be fun.”

Talamore plays a tad over 6,800 yards from the back markers and has a par of 71. There are some elevation changes and over 100 bunkers scattered about the magnificent layout, although many of the bunkers are in reach the farther you go back on the tees. The course smacks you in the face early, perhaps to wake you from a peaceful night of slumber at the resort’s impeccable accommodations, with a 623-yard par-five. It really is a true three-shot hole.

Water or native wetlands embrace half of the holes at Talamore with towering longleaf Pines acting as a perfect frame for every tee and approach shot. When you get to 14th tee, say hello to the “Dolly Llama” and her clan as they cheer you on for a visually and challenging tee shot across the wetlands to this unique par-four.

The course ends in strong fashion on number 18, with a dogleg left, 426-yard par-four that demands a lusty tee shot over a lake. From the back, the carry to a spot that will leave a mid-iron or wedge is a whopping 270 yards from the tips, although you can leave yourself a longer second shot by playing safe and driving the ball to the right of the fairway. The famed bartender Bill Jones of the historic Pinecrest Inn loved to call Talamore’s 17th the greatest short hole in Pinehurst and the 18th as the most demanding finishing hole in the Pinehurst area.

When you finish up at either Talamore or Mid South or one of the other fine courses you can play through the Resort, you are welcomed home to a charming lodging experience that includes a choice of a Villa at Talamore or the new luxurious Lodges at Mid South. These two- and three-bedroom condominiums feature full kitchens, bathrooms for every bedroom, gracious living rooms, flat screen televisions, complementary wifi, and maid service. For après golf, the Talamore and Mid South clubhouses feature fabulous decks and bars, and for those that want a quick dip before dinner, gracious pools are available at each property.

Talamore also offers the convenience of zero stop check in/out with every golf vacation arranged by your personal golf concierge. With over 50 years of combined golf  packaging experience, Talamore’s Golf and Travel department will help customize every aspect of your golf vacation.

“If you spend a day in Pinehurst and don’t learn something about the game of golf I’d be surprised,” said John McDougald, Director of Golf. He has been with the Resort since its inception over20 years ago. “There is a different mindset here than elsewhere, no separation of people. Everybody is here for the golf and the history. Everyone sits down in the same dining room to enjoy a meal, regardless of social standing.”

“We are easily reachable by car for the entire East Coast, from New England to Florida. We also have a loyal following from Canada and the Midwest states,” said McDougald.

Talamore Resort offers golf packages that readily include other courses in the Village of Pinehurst area, allowing guests to experience golf at not only the Resort course and Mid-South but also at over 20 other area courses. Legendary designs by Donald Ross at the famed Pinehurst Resort, Pine Needles and Mid Pines make for the historic leg of the Talamore partner course journey. Newer designs by Ben Crenshaw at the Dormie Club, Jack Nicklaus at The National, Tom Fazio at Pinehurst #8, Gary Player at Pinewild, Arnold Palmer’s Carolina are just the beginning of the new design roster. Mike Strantz’s daunting Tobacco Road and Jack Nicklaus, Jr.’s Legacy Golf links, along with several classic Dan Maples designs, are all part of the Pinehurst area’s newer design golf experience.

Mid South Club and Talamore Golf Resort are located adjacent to the charming Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. Only one of two towns in the nation to be designated a National Historic Landmark, the Village of Pinehurst offers a quaint array of shops, boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. The Pinehurst area is also well known for the golf tournaments it has hosted over the past century--including the Ryder Cup, the U.S. Amateur, the PGA Championship and the U.S. Men’s and Ladies U.S. opens. For the first time ever the Men’s and Ladies U.S. opens will be played in back to back weeks in Pinehurst at Donald Ross’s famed #2 in 2014.

Just east of the Mid South Club and Talamore Golf Resort is the delightful town of Southern Pines, which also boasts a substantial golf pedigree. Southern Pines is well-known as a major equestrian community, hosting show jumping, carriage driving and numerous other equestrian events. In fact, the U.S. Equestrian Team stayed in Southern Pines while preparing for the Olympics. The town’s charming tree-lined main street is home to cafes, pubs and gourmet restaurants, as well as boutiques, a wine tasting room, galleries and an old-time theater. It is the perfect place for a leisurely afternoon Southern stroll or an evening out on the town.

It’s no wonder why the Talamore Golf Resort has grown to be the premier golf vacation in the Sandhills area of the Tar Heel State. Over 90 percent of its customers repeat or refer new business, a number that is unheard of in the resort industry and that is a tribute to Talamore’s unwavering commitment to the total customer experience and a unique and customized golf vacation.

Talamore Resort
Pinehurst, N.C.
910-692-5884 (pro shop)
800-552-6292 (golf packages)