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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 www.sandhillsgolf.com. link to
the website at www.golf.com/traveldeals 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 www.tobaccoroadtravel.com. link to the website at
was the talented Maples family-local www.golf.com/traveldeals 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 talamoregolfresort.com, link to the website at www.golf.com/traveldeals
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
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Booking Golf to Pinehurst No.1, 3, 5 & 8 and the New Dormie Club!
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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 www.homeofgolf.com. link to the website at
list is no less vast, whether you're in- www.golf.com/traveldeals 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.