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Gerald Owens

Wind at Talamore makes beautiful course challenging

Posted February 11, 2013

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Course: Talamore Resort, a 7,020-yard course in Southern Pines

Weather conditions: Upper 40s, clear and windy. The chill in the air Sunday morning perhaps kept people away, because we basically had the place to ourselves.

Course: This was a beautiful course. Lots of sand, and rolling fairways. In fact, the fairways were quite hilly, which I didn’t understand. There were some challenging pin placements, but a very fair course.

Play: The course played longer than it would normally, because of the wind. It wasn’t one of my better rounds personally, horrible to be exact. Still, I liked the course a great deal. I love the green fairways in February that you find in the sandhills.

Worth noting: My favorite hole - No.18, having to cross the pond of the tee. There is a very generous landing area that I didn’t feel compelled to grab what I call a water ball. That’s an older golf ball I won’t mind losing if I hit it in the water.

The food was good, and quick, though everything is a la carte. You buy a sandwich, you buy chips and a drink to go with it. But the woman preparing the food was extremely fast and efficient.

We felt it was worth the drive from Raleigh. I’d like to play it again to get another crack at those greens. Of course I have to solve the tee shot first, having hit only one green in regulation on the par fours and par fives. I made more difficult than it had to be.

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  • Hokies94 Feb 11, 4:44 p.m.

    Good one. I have played this course a few times. I agree with Gerald as it is a beautiful course. It's not easy either. Loads of rounds in the summer time.

  • KT Returns Feb 11, 5:31 p.m.

    Great review. One thing you might consider adding in the future is the rates at the course you visited.

  • yo eleven Feb 11, 7:12 p.m.

    I've played this course. Good track. Do they still have the spitting llama?

  • gowens Feb 12, 2:06 a.m.

    We paid 49.00 online. Walk ups were paying about 69 I believe. the site looked to be affiliated with golfnow.com

  • gowens Feb 12, 2:08 a.m.

    They do have the llamas. They were in their pen when we made it to that part of the course.

  • tdouble232323 Feb 12, 8:38 a.m.

    Love these articles, keep em coming Gerald.

  • bobbyj Apr 4, 1:15 p.m.

    Love the ladies that work at talamore. They hooked me up when I had a little too much fun the evening prior to my round. They did not serve breakfast but I got an egg sandwitch anyways. Love them!

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