sandshillsgolf by evanrothman



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         n integral part of America's golf history,                                      Ellis and Dan Maples, and Mike Strantz.
                                                                                             Strantz, who tragically passed away
         flush with Southern hospitality, blessed                                        in 2005, is rightly famous and widely
                                                                                         admired for his unique ability to cre-
         with temperate year-round weather and an                                        ate spectacular, dramatic courses that
         embarrassment of riches when it comes to                                        still prove strategically complex. Much
                                                                                         of that well-deserved reputation comes
great courses, the Sandhills area of North Carolina                                      from two Sandhills masterworks of his,
is a dream getaway.                                                                      Tobacco Road and Tot Hill Farm.
                                                                                             Rees Jones, known to golf fans as "the
                                                                                         U.S. Open doctor,"· used his knowledge
SANDHILLS GOLF ASSOCIATION                  Commonly referred to as the "Home            of, and love for, this area when design-
                                            of American Golf®," the Sandhills is         ing The Resort Course at Talamore Golf
IN A COUNTRY FULL of wonderful              unique in countless ways, especially in      Resort, which was named "Best New
golf destinations, none share quite the     its deep ties to the home of golf itself,    Course in the South" upon its debut and
rich golf history of the Sandhills region   Scotland. First and foremost is the fact     continues to pile up accolades. Llama
of North Carolina. For players seeking      that in the early 1900s the great course     caddies offer the chance to add a unique
to make their own history, the area also    designer Donald Ross, born and raised        element-that's right, the resort has ani-
offers incomparable diversity and qual-     in the Scottish Highlands, played a cen-     mals trained to tote your bag. (Just don't
ity among its course offerings. While the   tral role in shaping Sandhills golf.         ask them to read greens!) Talamore is
golf world's focus will turn to Pinehurst        Today, the courses of the Sandhills     also home to the private Mid South Club,
Resort's No. 2 course when it hosts the     Golf Association provide a remarkable        likewise an award-winning layout, and
U.s. Open and u.s. Women's Open in          array of challenging, strategic and high-    one of Arnold Palmer's finest signature
consecutive weeks in 2014, players look-    ly scenic golf, from an impressive list of   designs. Palmer fans will need to put on
ing for the ideal destination should beat   designers, including the likes of Rees       their must-play list as well The Carolina,
the crowds to the Sandhills.                Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus II,      especially notable for its breathtaking

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views and 100-foot-plus elevation chang-    Donald Ross that changed the face of         the Nicklaus name has for decades been
es, and the Palmer Course at Woodlake       golf in America. Richard Tufts' great        synonymous with excellence, and Jack
Resort and Country Club. There, you'll      grandson Peter inherited a love for the      Nicklaus II's commitment to that ideal
find another water-laden championship       game-and an eye for design from his          matches his famous father's. It's on full
test, the Ellis Maples course.              godfather, Ross himself.                     display at Legacy Golf Links, which this
    Rolling terrain and majestic longleaf       Seven Lakes, by Peter Tufts, features    summer re-grassed its greens with Mini
pines are defining Sandhills characteris-   in many state rankings and was last          Verdi, a new Ultradwarf Bermudagrass
tics. Davis Love III brilliantly employed   year's Sandhills Golf Association Golf       also used at Atlanta's East Lake GC and
the pair in Anderson Creek, his first       Course of the Year. Also at Seven Lakes      the TPC Sawgrass in Florida.
North Carolina signature course. The        you'll find Beacon Ridge from the well-          Maybe there is a gene for golf design
layout was named the "Best New Course       regarded area architect Gene Hamm.           talent-or maybe it's something that's
in North Carolina" upon its 'opening a      Beacon Ridge is a traditional Sandhills      just nurtured. Either way, Dan Maples
decade ago, and recently tested some of     layout emphasizing narrow, rolling fair-     clearly has his father Ellis' ability to
the game's brightest young talent as the    ways and small greens, providing an en-      create stunning, playable and timeless
host of a qualifying event for the u.s.     joyable, varied test for all skill levels.   courses. 1\vo of his finest-Little River
Amateur Championship.                           It's hard for any course to remain a     GC and Longleaf GC-proudly reside in
    "Tufts" is a name as associated with    "best-kept secret" with a name like Bay-     the Sandhills.
the Sandhills as Pinehurst, and with        onet at Puppy Creek, but until recently          The Sandhills Golf Association has
good reason: Richard Tufts founded the      this Willard Byrd gem often flew under       made planning a golf getaway a breeze.
Pinehurst Resort, a collaboration with      the radar. No longer-not with 18 very        Its comprehensive website has details
                                                               distinct holes in tour-   on courses, accommodations and other
                                                               nament-ready condi-       general info, as well as an online quote
                                                               tion daily, thanks to     request form that area golf packagers
                                                               veteran owner andop-      use to customize responses to specific
                                                               erator Carolina Turf      requests. By joining the complimentary
                                                               Farms, Inc.               "E-Club," participants will receive both
                                                                   Speaking of names,    timely offers and updates.

                                                               FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 1-888-926-4653,    or to request a golf
                                                               package quote visit the website at link to
                                                               the website at or check GOLF MAGA-
                                                               ZINE's Reader Service Pages.

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sANDHILLs THREE-COURSE                         superintendants        and
SAMPLER                                        course architects who
                                               worked for Ross. Dan
IN THE SANDHILLS of North Carolina,            Maples was likely des-
autumn means anything but putting              tined to design golf
away your clubs for the season. With           courses. He built Little
daytime highs averaging from the mid-          River on a former dairy
70s in October and remaining in the 50s        farm and quarter horse-
all winter, the onset of changing leaves       breeding facility; the
should mean changing into golf shoes.          end result is a course in
    Back in 1899, Donald Ross made the         which the property and
ocean crossing from Dornoch, Scotland,         design dovetail, and the
to ~he U.S., a move that would forever         golfer is the benefactor.
change American golf. Ross would hone              In the fall of 1998, Sandhills golf     incorporate generous and plush fairway
his skills at Pinehurst for nearly two de-     took a U-turn from the very manicured       corridors fading off into a rough and
cades before crafting Mid Pines Country        landscaping that defined American golf      rugged topography of wire grass and
Club (1-800-323-2114)in 1921.Mid Pines         throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Mike        scruff; once ahead of its time, Tobacco
is unique among Ross creations in that         Strani:z's wild, brilliant, highly ranked   Road still remains on the cutting edge.
its routing and design elements have re-       Tobacco Road returned golf here to its          A three-day, two-night package that
mained unchanged to this day. And why          roots of naturally rough edges and pine     includes golf (with cart) at Mid Pines,
would you make changes to the course           barren waste areas-and, with the like-      Little River and Tobacco Road with
ranked fifth in this golf-rich state'?         minded restoration of Pinehurst No.2        lodging at the nearby Comfort Inn in
    Ross' death in 1948 did little to dimin-   and the opening of the Dormie Club, it is   Pinehurst runs $304 in the fall and $189
ish his influence, and Little River Coun-      officially a trend. Both of those courses   in the winter.
try Club (1-888-766-6538) is a testament
to that fact. The Scot had no son to pass        FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make reservations, call 1-877-284-3762, visit the
down his craft, but what he did have             website at link to the website at
was the talented Maples family-local     or check GOLF MAGAZINE's Reader Service Pages.
greenskeepers, golf course construction

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                                                                  by Rees Jones, the for-       terrain perfectly balancing challenge
                                                                  mer is always ranked          and enjoyment-Pinehurst           Magazine
                                                                  in the forefront of re-       rated it behind only famed Pinehurst
                                                                  gional courses and            No. 2 locally.
                                                                  features 180 feet in              Excellent accommodations abound at
                                                                  elevation changes, of-        Talamore. There are more than 100 well-
                                                                  fering a rare glimpse at      appointed two- and three-bedroom vil-
                                                                  the surrounding roll-         las or luxury lodges overlooking Reser-
                                                                  ing topography. The           voir Park, the jogging trail, or the Resort
                                                                  Resort Course is also         Course. Sixteen high-end luxury con-
                                                                  world-renowned for its        dominiums with fabulous course views
                                                                  llama caddies, and a          comprise The Lodges at Mid South-
                                                                  loop with Dollie, Tallie      designed with a Lowcountry feel, each
                                                                 .or any of their friends       boast 1,800 square feet of living space
                                                                  won't soon be forgot-         and a vast front and rear porch. On-site
  TALAMOREGOLFRESORT                            ten. Across the street, Arnold Palmer's         Talamore Golf & Travel specialists offer
                                                exclusive Mid South Club rates among            a variety of value-added golf vacations,
  LOCATED JUST MINUTES from the                 the King's finest work, with the rolling        seasonal specials and customized trips.
  heart of the Village of Pinehurst, Talamore
  offers golf at more than 20 area partner
  courses (including Pinehurst Resort's            FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make reservations, call 1-800-552-6292, visit the
  Nos. 1,3,5 and 8) and at its own corner-         website at, link to the website at
  stones, the Resort Course at Talamore            or check GOLF MAGAZINE's Reader Service Pages.
  and the private Mid South Club. Designed

             ootsteps from the Historic Village of Pinehurst

It's Time to Live Out Your Dream Golf Vacation.
TalamoreGolfResort is a first-classgetawaylike no other. Enjoylegendary golfby Arnold Palmer,
ReesJones,JackNicklaus,Donald Ross, Mike Strantz, Gary Player,Coore-Crenshaw,Tom Fazio
and more! Relaxin one of our beautiful TalamoreVillasor the luxurious Lodgesat Mid South. All
guestshave accessto over 30 of the area'sbest courses. Live Your Dream at Talamore!

Booking Golf to Pinehurst No.1, 3, 5 & 8 and the New Dormie Club!
Toll Free: (800) 552-6292, Option 2 •                                             Southern Pines, North Carolina
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PINEHURST CONVENTION &                        comfortable hotels
VISITORS BUREAU                               like the Best West-
                                              ern and Residence
MANY GOLF DESTINATIONS are                    Inn.     Shopping,
actually far-flung, sprawling affairs         dining and non-
that offer much more driving time than        golf     recreation
time with your driver. That's definitely      options-polo      or
not the case with the Sandhills of North      croquet     charm-
Carolina. Most of the Pinehurst, South-       ingly included-
ern Pines and Aberdeen area courses,          likewise    abound
lodging, dining and shopping options          in this historic
are easily located within a IS-mile           Southern getaway.
drive-metaphorically, an L-wedge shot         The locally owned
apart from each other.                        and family oper-
    Those options are outstanding not         ated Golf Escapes
only for their proximity. At the "Home of     of the Sandhills (www.golfescapesinc.        director of sales also can help people
American Golf®" more than three dozen         com; 1-877-205-7775) can help create a       with a golf group of 12 or more looking
stellar courses can be found, including       winning package; the Pinehurst CVB's         to visit the area .•
Talamore Golf Resort's two layouts,
Beacon Ridge, Legacy Golf Links and
Pinewild. All told, there are more than          FOR MORE INFORMATION including a free official destination and golf guide, call
165 miles of fairway here. The lodging           1-800-346-5362, visit the website at link to the website at
list is no less vast, whether you're in-   or check GOLFMAGAZINE's Reader Service Pages.
terested in full-service resorts, B&Bs or

                                                  When you awaken each morning in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen
                                                  Area of North Carolina, 43 courses will beckon. Many have achieved international

                                                    GOLF, SLEEp, GOLF, SLEEP.
                                             REPEAT AS OFTEN AS NECESSARY.
                                            All will challenge your best game and 611 your days with the kind of invigorating
                                            relaxation unique to the sport. Each night, you will retire knowing that tomorrow is
                                            another tee time. Though many would dispute the notion that man does not live by
                                            golf alone, we do offer up other forms of sustenance in the form
                                            of quiet pubs, vibrant sports bars and renowned restaurants
                                            featuring menus from continental to North Carolina home
                                            cooking. And that, as most golfers will agree, is the perfect
                                            prescription for the ideal vacation.

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