This week we start our annual clean-up in preparation for the primary 2010 golf season with a virtual visit to the golf courses of Southern Pines, North Carolina. Southern Pines is located next door to the more famous town of Pinehurst, but contributes mightily to the golf-friendliness of the Pinehurst/Sandhills region.
Oldest of the Southern Pines courses is Southern Pines Golf Club. It opened way back in 1906 as a 9-hole course designed by Donald Ross. The course later expanded to 18, then 36, holes, but has since reverted to 18 holes. It’s been considered one of the Sandhills “must play” courses for as long as there’s been golfers coming to the area.
Nearer the other end of the time scale, but still very highly rated, is Talamore Golf Club. Talamore opened in 1991 based on a design by Rees Jones. It received immediate acclaim as one of the United States’ top new courses and has been rated as one of North Carolina’s best since opening.
Talamore’s “sister” course as part of the “Talamore Golf Resort” is Mid South Club. Mid South is a private country club, but can be played by visitors to the area through inclusion in some golf packages.