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THE GOG BLOG , by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook, and Linkedin, welcome to Talamore.

The votes have been cast and the winners are known. The National Golf Course Owners Association, Course of the Year Award for the Village of Pinehurst area chapter goes to the Talamore Golf Resort, and the Talamore Golf Club. This award comes just two years after the course underwent a major renovation.

Talamore’s partner located across the street the Mid-South Club designed by Arnold Palmer and now called the King’s Club at Mid-South, has also had a restoration and green conversion project completed in the last couple of years, in all the total work done comes to over 6 million dollars in improvements.

Talamore’s new sodwall bunkers.

“The greens restoration is nothing short of a watershed event,” says General Manager Matt Hauser. “It’s incredible, all of the greens had shrunk to oval shaped. “We now have fingers and approach area’s that we never knew existed. The opportunity for many unique pin placements is making the courses even more fun and challenging.

At Talamore there was more than just an upgrade on the greens. All through the golf course there was better golf cart access added to the course, with an additonal 75 bunkers removed from the golf course. Talamore has had clubhouse improvements that include an expanded bar, and enclosed rear-area with new comfortable seating, in an atmosphere of of unique rustic old-time feel.

The par 4, 5th hole on the Kings Course at Mid-South

The Kings Course at Mid-South has had some clubhouse work done as well. The back porch was enclosed and a new bar was added with indoor and outdoor seating, and big screen TV’s for sporting events and other major television programming. On the main floor, new furniture was added along with new flooring, to give the facility a newer feel.

Club members can have their children enjoy a “Kids Area”, complete with many things that kids of today enjoy and make up their daily routine.

Overnight lodging at Mid-South is about as good as it gets anywhere at golf facilities.

While there are many golf options in the Pinehurst North Carolina area, the Talamore and Mid South golf resort properties rate among the highest in the area.

They are two excellent golf options, with plenty of nice options off the golf course.

Talamore is still the home of the llama’s who are seen in their home midway through the back nine. For more information on Talamore and the Mid-South Club and or membership opportunites, please visit TalamoreGolfResort.com.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.