THE NEW COURSE AT TALAMORE
The goal of the 25th anniversary Remastering Plan was to reimagine the tract through a clever combination of restoration and rejuvenation projects that unlock the course’s hidden potential. The project was executed by a huge team including course superintendent David Walsh and his staff, and PGA professional and general manager Matt Hausser. Alongside the Resort’s staff were the skilled crews of Shapemasters, a world-class certified Golf Course builder that has worked for many of the major modern era golf course designers including Jack Nicklaus, Rees Jones, Arnold Palmer, Pete and P.B. Dye, Tom Fazio and Greg Norman (www.shapemasters.com).
Original Greens Design Honored through Meticulous Restoration
Greens are being restored to the original Rees Jones 1991 design, resulting in a 20 percent larger putting surface, and the addition of generous 60-inch Tif Eagle Bermuda green collars. The new Champion Bermuda putting surfaces will provide significantly better playing conditions than its bent grass predecessor and will put Talamore’s greens on par with the other top courses in the area that have already made the switch to Bermuda greens – Pinehurst No. 2, No. 8, Country Club of North Carolina, Pine Needles, Mid Pines and Tobacco Road.
Playability and Pace of Play Enhanced
The course feels and is bigger with the fairways opened up, limited rough and the removal of excessive bunkering, with 75% of all bunkers eliminated. Improved cart access and the reshaping of certain areas to help cart flow will increase pace of play by at least 30 minutes per round.
Unique Challenges Introduced At Talamore
“Scotland and the NC Sandhills Collide” with the addition of 12 strategically placed, old-world style sod wall bunkers. Talamore is the only course in the Village of Pinehurst/Southern Pines area with multiple sod wall bunkers and soon to come sod wall bunker cams, providing a live feed of bunker action straight to the Clubhouse for spectator enjoyment.
The course is “greener” literally and figuratively with less bunkers, wider landing areas, more bail out areas around greens and ultimately better turf conditions. Tree removal in strategic areas will ensure the new Champion Bermuda greens will have the right sunlight and growing conditions to thrive. At the same time these areas opened up add to the new “big” feeling the course experience will provide. The expanded turf areas improve water infiltration. The new greens will reduce chemical usage. Aerification of the greens will be cut in half. And last but not least, the course’s maintenance crews can now focus on providing the best tee to green and green to tee experience possible as less bunker maintenance means more time for turf.
Quite simply the “New Course” at Talamore gets green kudos from every angle.