Following in the footsteps (or fairways) of Pinehurst No. 2, Pine Needles, Mid Pines and Tobacco Road, the Talamore Golf Resort in Southern Pines, N.C., this May is converting its bent grass greens to Bermuda (www.TalamoreGolfResort.com).
The project 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.
Talamore Resort is home to two of the Sandhills’ more popular courses – Talamore Golf Club and its sister course Mid South Club. Each is located on Midland Road midway between the Pinehurst Resort and Mid Pines/Pine Needles.
Talamore Golf Club has been ranked in the forefront of outstanding Sandhills 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 visually striking and exceptionally enjoyable. The 7,020-yard layout was also made famous by instituting the first llama caddie program.
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 director golf operations at Talamore Golf Resort. “After a thorough review of the different strains, we have selected Champion Bermuda.”
Through February, 2016, Talamore Resort is offering its “Arnie, Rees & Donald” winter package, which includes, for as little as $246 per person, two nights accommodations and three rounds of golf— one each at Talamore, Mid South and Pine Needles.