Southeast Bracket Championship Added to Already Busy Fall Race Schedule

As if Rockingham Dragway’s fall schedule wasn’t busy enough with the Super Chevy Show, the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, the Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals, the Street Outlaws, ManCup, IDBL World Finals and the SRI Performance Fall Civil Wars, owner Steve Earwood announced Tuesday that the track has been named the new home of the NHRA’s Summit Racing Elapsed Time (ET) Finals.

The Southeast Division ET Finals will be contested at The Rock Oct. 5-8, 2017, with racers from 19 tracks in seven states and Puerto Rico eligible to participate. The series has been contested nationally, in seven separate divisions, for the last 41 years. The Southeast Summit ET Finals most recently was contested at Atlanta Dragway.

“It’s tradition and history made Rockingham Dragway a perfect site for this prestigious event,” said Rich Schaefer, NHRA Southeast Division Director. “Under Steve’s ownership, the track always has catered to the grassroots racer and his crew does a great job of track prep and logistics.”

The decision to move the Summit ET Finals to The Rock came during the annual NHRA Track Operators Meetings last week at Jekyll Island in Georgia.

“It’s great for our track, for Richmond County and for all our neighbors because it attracts racers, sponsors and spectators from across the Southeast,” Earwood said of the ET Finals. “We’re looking forward to showing them everything our area has to offer.”

The New Course at the Talamore Golf Resort has reopened to rave reviews. Meanwhile, there is tremendous buzz around the resort in anticipation of the upcoming work on the resort’s second course just down Midland Road, the Mid South Club.

The Talamore Golf Resort opened in 1991 during an era when new courses were measured by their bold shaping and need for laser accuracy and skilled shot making. The original Rees Jones design delivered on all fronts. Among the many accolades, Golf Digest named Talamore as one of the Top 5 New Courses in America and Best New Course in the South. Talamore’s elevation changes of 150 feet and fully wooded property of towering longleaf pines provided a stunning canvas for Jones to paint a unique design for the Pinehurst and Sandhills area.

This past summer — a quarter century after the resort first opened — the green complexes at Talamore were converted from bent grass to Champion Bermuda. In addition to true rolling and lightening fast greens, the new strains of Bermuda are providing significantly better playing conditions year-round. The Talamore green complexes were restored to their original 1991 design by recapturing the greens surrounds, which had been encroached by native Bermuda grasses. To ensure the design continuity of the putting contours, Talamore used the “no till” method pioneered by Champion Turf Farms out of Texas.

Talamore’s anniversary changes had a broader mission than just a greens conversion. Better course conditions, a more playable layout and more convenient golf cart access throughout the course were all on the list. Members and guests say, “Mission accomplished.” Talamore removed a number of bunkers from the original layout and re-contoured the areas to blend with the surrounding shaping, providing more forgiveness in the landing zones and around the greens. Also, Talamore now allows full cart access to all its holes with significantly improved access everywhere.

Playing conditions have been improved tremendously as Talamore’s maintenance staff is better able to focus on top-notch turf, since more than 75 bunkers and nearly 90 percent of the actual sand has been eliminated from the original layout. A secondary effect of the improved playability and golf cart access has been a better pace of play — reducing playing times by more than 30 minutes.

And in a special touch reminiscent of Scotland, Talamore unveiled the Sandhills’ only sod wall bunkers — a dozen, strategically placed to provide a unique and fun challenge. Add everything up and “The New Course” at Talamore is, quite simply, a far more sustainable, maintainable, enjoyable and playable golf course from each and every angle.

On a recent weekday, more than 150 players from around the world were enthusiastically enjoying The New Course at Talamore, taking breaks between rounds for lively banter at Talamore’s Sodfather’s Grille, a fun 19th hole with outstanding resort cuisine.

Following up on the successful remastering of Talamore, next summer the greens at Mid South Club will be converted to Champion Bermuda. Prior to that, during the upcoming winter season, Mid South will be working on its cart path system. Heavily damaged areas will be removed and in most instances will be restored with a natural packed sand base, and the paths will be re-concreted where necessary due to grade or traffic patterns.

In addition, while the Mid South greens remodeling project is being conducted, the club will also add a new set of forward tees to many holes. These new tees will be a welcome addition to the golf course and are expected to provide a more player friendly approach for those just learning the game — as well as those looking to move forward for a more enjoyable playing experience.

The Mid South Club, masterfully designed by Arnold Palmer, boasts 545 acres of towering pine trees and emerald fairways within a private, residential community. Mid South is also adding two new family style golf carts equipped to carry four people and four golf bags — a fun way for the whole family to enjoy a round together. In addition, the club will be making improvements to its halfway house — including a menu expansion — and Mid South will have a new beverage cart in regular service during primary golf season.

Also in store for 2017 are Member facility upgrades to include the addition of basketball on one of the tennis courts, and also a new barbecue and hospitality area at the Mid South pool. In addition to the greens redo and other golf course enhancements, Mid South is adding to an ever-expanding Member social calendar of events. Many new events and services were added in 2016 — all well received — and next year will include even more new events and enhancements to previous themes.

Talamore Resort also offers its guests two unique lodging opportunities at the Talamore Golf Villas and The Lodges at Mid South. The Pavilion at Talamore — a large, covered facility, with seating up to 70 under cover, that serves first and foremost as a gathering place — is available to all resort guests.

On the “Hospitality Included” side of things, Talamore’s guests enjoy a complimentary Pig Pickin every Thursday and breakfast. Themed resort events include Buckin’ football and the famous Scotty Cameron getaway where more than 200 guests from around the country enjoy incredible golf, buffets and also get to add a new Scotty putter to their bag. New events and services are constantly being added to the Hospitality Included side of the Talamore experience.

“We are very excited about all the changes at Talamore and Mid South,” said Matt Hausser, Talamore Resort’s General Manager. “Our goal is to provide a user-friendly resort that our guests want to return to year in and year out. We consider The New Course at Talamore and the Mid South Club to be a very compelling one-two punch. When you add into the mix the more than 20 area courses our golf packages offer, there simply is not better all-around value and diversity than Talamore.”

Originally published on TheGolfBiz.com on 1 Dec 2016.

Consistently remaining ahead of the curve during its 25 years of existence, Talamore Golf Resort near the Village of Pinehurst has remastered the golf vacation experience.

Village of Pinehurst, NC (January 2017) — The renowned Talamore Golf Resort near the Village of Pinehurst first made headlines for its famed stable of llama caddies and unparalleled customer service. Today, Talamore has grown to become one of the Sandhills’ premier golf getaways — which is why more than 90 percent of the resort’s customers return or refer new business.

Home for the past quarter-century to the Pinehurst area’s most successful stay-and-play program, Talamore has remained relevant through the years by staying on the cutting-edge of golf resort innovation. Talamore’s latest line of improvements, additions and upgrades have included a renovation of the Talamore clubhouse and golf course — now named, appropriately, The New Course at Talamore — unique resort activities such as weekly Pig Pickins’ at the Talamore Pavilion and southern breakfast buffets in the resort’s popular Sodfather’s Grille. This year, Talamore’s sister property across the street at the Mid South Club will be receiving a golf course restoration and greens conversion, along with numerous other club enhancements.

While Talamore hosts numerous foursomes and groups of more than 100, the resort is known for its versatility and has become a popular place for small- to mid-sized groups of between 12 and 40 golfers. These groups can rent an entire building or adjacent buildings to keep themselves grouped together onsite. Talamore’s clubhouse, pool and cabana are all conveniently located next to the Talamore Golf Villas, which provide top-shelf amenities and panoramic views. Talamore’s villa accommodations include spacious condominiums equipped in two- and three-bedroom configurations. Mid South Club offers immaculately adorned Lodges that provide stunning views of the ninth, 18th (and 19th) holes of Arnold Palmer’s famous course.

“Thanks to all the renovation work, the New Course at Talamore and the ‘new’ Mid-South Club stand as a compelling one-two punch,” said Matt Hausser, Talamore Resort’s General Manager. “When you tack on the more than 20 other area courses the Talamore golf packages offer, there simply is not a better all-around value and diversity.”

Last summer — 25 years after the resort first opened — the green complexes at Talamore were converted from bent grass to Champion Bermuda. In addition to true rolling and lightening fast greens, the new strains of Bermuda are providing significantly better playing conditions year-round. The Talamore green complexes were restored to their original 1991 design by recapturing the greens surrounds, which had been encroached by native Bermuda grasses. To ensure the design continuity of the putting contours, Talamore used the “no till” method pioneered by Champion Turf Farms out of Texas.

Talamore’s anniversary changes had a broader mission than just a greens conversion. Better course conditions, a more playable layout and more convenient golf cart access throughout the course were all on the list. Talamore removed a number of bunkers from the original layout and re-contoured the areas to blend with the surrounding shaping, providing more forgiveness in the landing zones and around the greens. Also, Talamore now allows full cart access to all its holes with significantly improved access everywhere.

Playing conditions have been improved tremendously as Talamore’s maintenance staff is better able to focus on top-notch turf, since more than 75 bunkers and nearly 90 percent of the actual sand has been eliminated from the original layout. A secondary effect of the improved playability and golf cart access has been a better pace of play — reducing playing times by more than 30 minutes.

And in a special touch reminiscent of Scotland, Talamore unveiled the Sandhills’ only sod wall bunkers — a dozen, strategically placed to provide a unique and fun challenge. Add everything up and “The New Course” at Talamore is, quite simply, a far more sustainable, maintainable, enjoyable and playable golf course from each and every angle.

Meanwhile, at Talamore’s Sodfather’s Grille, a fun 19th hole with outstanding resort cuisine, flat-screen TVs abound with sports, sports and more sports in a comfortable setting overlooking the course’s famous finishing hole. Adding to a guests’ flexible list of options, as giving them a walking distance spot to hang out and watch their favorite sporting events, Sodfather’s Grille also provides a breakfast bar in the clubhouse on Friday, Saturday and Sunday featuring the best southern and traditional breakfast favorites. The centerpiece to the breakfast has been the famous Dollie Llama waffle station with toppings galore.

Talamore’s Pavilion at the Villas — equipped with a fireplace, flat-screen TVs, comfortable seating, a plethora of BBQ grills and everyone’s favorite corn hole toss — stands in the middle of the Talamore Villa campus. Quickly becoming a major-league hit, the pavilion is regularly the site of Thursday night southern BBQ featuring a Pig Pickin’ and other southern favorites. Best of all, during prime golf season it is complimentary for Talamore guests.

Following up on the successful remastering of Talamore, this summer the greens at Mid South Club will be converted to Champion Bermuda. Mid South is also busy improving the club’s cart path system. Heavily damaged areas are being removed and in most instances being restored with a natural packed sand base, and the paths will be re-concreted where necessary due to grade or traffic patterns.

In addition, while the Mid South greens remodeling project is being conducted, the club will also add a new set of forward tees to many holes. These new tees promise to be a welcome addition to the golf course and are expected to provide a more player friendly approach for those just learning the game — as well as those looking to move forward for a more enjoyable playing experience.

Also in store for 2017 are member facility upgrades to include the addition of basketball on one of the tennis courts, as well as a new barbecue and hospitality area at the Mid South pool. In addition to the greens redo and other golf course enhancements, Mid South has added to an ever-expanding social calendar of events for the club’s members. Many new events and services were added in 2016 — all well received — and this year will include even more new events and enhancements to previous themes.

For information call (800) 552-6292 or visit www.TalamoreGolfResort.com for the latest golf package information.

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Will Create Short Course As Part of Restoration Master Plan

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (Nov. 10, 2016) – Pinehurst Resort & Country Club today announced that Hanse Golf Design will redesign Pinehurst No. 4 and develop a short course as part of a master plan to further restore the original character and spirit to the Pinehurst golf experience.

Beginning this winter and unfolding in several stages over the next few years, the plan also includes restoring Donald Ross’ original characteristics to Pinehurst No. 1 and No. 3 while also enhancing Maniac Hill and Thistle Dhu.

“There’s a unique character at Pinehurst because of the landscape Donald Ross found when he arrived in 1900,” said Bob Dedman, Pinehurst Owner and CEO. “Back then, he may have been a minimalist by necessity, but we’re making a choice to present our historic golf courses in a natural state similar to that era.”

Pinehurst’s migration toward more natural settings began with the highly-acclaimed 2011 restoration of Pinehurst No. 2, which took the course back to Ross’ vision. The success of that project, shown in the enthusiasm of guests and members, was influential in the decision to revive more original characteristics, while creating new elements reflective of Pinehurst’s origins.

“The overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from the work on No. 2 encouraged us to explore options that are a continuation of that effort,” Dedman said. “We think this is a thoughtful approach to the evolution of golf at Pinehurst, and we think Gil Hanse, with his timeless and natural design philosophy, is the right person for the project.”

The centerpiece of the plan will be Hanse’s complete redesign of No. 4. Hanse’s design and routing, which seeks to create a landscape similar to Pinehurst No. 2, will include exposed sand and native wire grass, wider fairways and natural topography. The project is scheduled to begin in fall 2017 with the course reopening in fall 2018.

“We think this approach will create a more authentic, visually interesting golf course and one that feels in tune with its unique surrounds,” said Hanse, whose portfolio of original designs includes The Olympic Golf Course in Brazil, and whose restoration projects include The Country Club, LA Country Club, Myopia Hunt Club, Merion Golf Club and Oakland Hills Country Club, among others. “A playable, artfully shaped and conceived golf course that derives its character and appearance from the traditional golf flavor of this region is what we aspire for in our approach to Pinehurst No. 4.”

Hanse also will design a short course on 10 acres of property currently occupied by the first holes on No. 3 and No. 5. A routing is currently being developed for the course that is expected to have 8-to-12 holes and feature many of the same slopes and contours that create multiple options and inspire creative play on No. 2. The project is scheduled to begin in summer 2017 and open in fall 2017.

“Fun and skill development are the most important concepts behind the short course,” said Tom Pashley, Pinehurst President and COO. “Whether you’re an avid amateur, a beginning golfer, or on an outing with golf buddies or family, the short course will offer an experience that can be enjoyed by all.”

In addition to the redesign of No. 4 and creation of a short course, No. 1 and No. 3 will eventually undergo restoration work designed to return elements of Ross’s original designs. The plan calls for changes to Maniac Hill, the country’s first driving range, that will infuse the natural elements associated with No. 2. It also includes moving and expanding Thistle Dhu, the putting course that has become a popular experience.

“While Pinehurst is the country’s most historic golf resort, we’re constantly evolving,” Dedman said. “The opening of the short course next fall, along with this summer’s opening of the Deuce brings a new level of energy and excitement to the Pinehurst experience.”

About Pinehurst

Located in the sandhills of North Carolina, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, established in 1895, is a 2,000-acre property featuring an award-winning spa, nine golf courses, tennis, and activities for the family. Widely known as the cradle of American golf, Pinehurst has hosted more single golf championships than any other site in America, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, PGA TOUR Championship and many others. In 2024, it will again serve as the site for the U.S. Open. See pinehurst.com or call 855-235-8507 for a complete list of events and activities.