SOUTHERN PINES, NC — Autumn around the Village of Pinehurst area is the most popular time of year for a golf vacation. This fall, guests at Talamore Golf Resort in the “Home of American Golf” will be able to enjoy the resort’s new Toptracer Range.
Talamore guests can experience interactive golf entertainment with the transformation of Talamore’s driving range into a facility powered by Toptracer Range technology. The technology uses high-speed cameras, coupled with sophisticated computer algorithms, to provide instantaneous ball tracking information to guests using the range.
“There are so many different things you can do with it. You can play other courses, you can play Topgolf, you can do long drives, you can do closest to the pins,” said Talamore Golf Resort General Manager Matt Hausser. “We have so much repeat business, it’s nice for them to keep coming back and finding something else here. It’s great to provide our guests more things to do, so they can enjoy their time at Talamore.”
Visitors to the renowned Talamore Resort can stay and play two of the area’s finest courses, Talamore by Rees Jones and one of Arnold Palmer’s best at the Mid South Club, both located on Midland Road midway between the Pinehurst Resort and Mid Pines and Pine Needles. Talamore was recently ranked No. 2 in GolfAdvisor’s “Best Courses in North Carolina” while Mid South was close behind at No. 7 in the state.
Talamore Resort Toptracer Range
The Talamore Toptracer Range features 10 hitting bays, all with high-speed cameras, TV monitors, technology, and games. Casual seating is available.
“We have 10 bays, so 40 people can use (the Talamore Toptracer Range) at one time,” Hausser said. “It will be open till dark and the halfway house is conveniently nearby for food and drinks.”
In more than a quarter century since Talamore Golf Resort debuted – offering llamas as caddies as a unique walking option across its long and undulating corridors – the popular Sandhills golf getaway has remained on the cutting edge of resort innovation.
“Mid South is going to have the mobile version of Toptracer,” Hausser said. “So, they’ll be able to download the app and be able to do pretty much the same thing on their phones. It’ll track your practice. You can go out there and see your shot shape and stuff like that — just a lot of cool features. It’s basically the stuff you see when you’re watching golf on TV, where it shows the shot, shaping the ball.”
In addition, the entire Talamore practice range has been upgraded and a new, 15,000-square-foot putting course is being installed between the driving range and the 10th tee boxes that also opened this fall. Guests can warm up or practice on the putting course while waiting for Toptracer, or simply settle bets after their round.
Also new is the expanded outdoor deck at the Talamore clubhouse overlooking the 18th green. “We’ll have some new furniture and fire pits out there and lights and a couple of TVs and just make it a cool spot for people to hang out post round or waiting to go over to Toptracer,” Hausser said. “It’s going to be just a neat thing for people to be able to do something else while they’re on the property. Plus it’s a very cool spot to sit and watch golfers finish.”
Last but not least, the resort installed 10 new EcoBunker sod wall bunkers earlier this year. EcoBunker Advanced is the strongest and most efficient method of constructing stacked sod walls using synthetic grass tiles and they will remind golfers of the legendary courses of the British Isles.
“They’re beautiful like the bunkers you see over in the British Isles during the Open Championship,” Hausser said.
Talamore Golf Resort has long been renowned for its exceptional on-site accommodations that include breakfast delivered to your villa door, while the resort also hosts a complimentary Carolina Pig Pickin’ dinner at the Talamore clubhouse on Monday and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.
“It’s customer service, customer relations — wanting our guests to come and see something new, or see something different and experience something different in town that they may not be able to see anywhere else,” Hausser said. “We enjoy having our guests come and stay and stick around and hang out, just let them have a good time.”
Talamore Golf Resort packages offer access to other famed area courses including Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, Tobacco Road Golf Club, and Legacy Golf Links. For information call (800) 552-6292 or visit www.TalamoreGolfResort.com.