Talamore Golf Resort | NC Weekend | UNC-TV
Talamore Golf Resort | NC Weekend | UNC-TV


>>>JEFF SMITH, THE WEEKEND
GOLFER, HITS THE LINKS THIS WEEKEND IN THE SANDHILLS,
WHERE HE DISCOVERED GREAT GOLF AND LLAMAS. YES, I SAID LLAMAS. LET’S HEAD DOWN TO PINEHURST TO
ENJOY TALAMORE GOLF CLUB.>>WE’RE HERE TODAY AT TALAMORE
GOLF CLUB. THIS IS KNOWN AS THE
LLAMA GOLF COURSE. AS YOU SEE, THERE’S
LLAMAS ON SIGNS. THERE’S LLAMAS ON
THE COURSE EVEN. LLAMAS EVERYWHERE. AS YOU SEE, YOU NEED TO COME OUT
HERE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR GOLF GAME, NOT THE LLAMAS. THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG HOLE,
623 YARDS ON THE OPENING HOLE. SHOULD BE FUN.>>A LOT OF TROUBLE ON
THE FIRST HOLE. WE ACTUALLY CALL IT SURVIVAL. TRY TO GET TO THE FOURTH TEE
WITHOUT KILLING YOURSELF AND ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR DAY.>>SOMEBODY TOLD ME ABOUT,
IN THE CLUBHOUSE, IS NUMBER ONE IS A DOG LEG RIGHT. WELL, I SEE A LOT OF
GRASS OUT THERE. I SEE A LOT OF PLACES TO HIT. AND WHAT I ALSO SAW ON THE
SCORECARD, THOUGH, IS THERE’S WATER DOWN THERE. THERE’S TROUBLE EVERYWHERE. THIS IS GOING TO BE A FUN HOLE. LET’S SEE IF WE CAN KEEP
IT IN PLAY. ALL ACROSS THE FRONT NINE OF THE
GULF COURSE, THERE ARE BUNKERS TO FIND, WATER TO AVOID,
AND PLENTY OF ROLLING HILLS TO SHOOT OVER. EACH HOLE HAS A UNIQUE
CHALLENGE, WITH THIS REES JONES DESIGNED COURSE WHICH
OPENED IN 1991.>>WE DO HAVE A LOT
OF ELEVATION CHANGES. WE HAVE A LOT OF UPHILL SHOTS. WE LAUGH AND GIGGLE. THE GOLF COURSE IS NOT EXTREMELY
LONG, BUT IT PLAYS EXTREMELY LONG. YOU NEVER HIT A DOWNHILL SHOT. WE DON’T KNOW HOW HE DID THAT. THE GOLF CARTS DRIVE DOWNHILL,
BUT NINE TIMES OUT OF TEN, IF YOU HAVE A SHOT THAT’S
CHANGING ELEVATION, YOU’RE GOING UPHILL.>>I HAVE COME TO HOLE NUMBER
13, A NICE PAR 3 HERE ON THE BACK NINE. IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF A
CHALLENGE. YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS. YOU CAN EITHER TRY TO STAY TO
THE RIGHT OF THE SAND TRAP, OR YOU CAN TRY TO CHALLENGE THE
SAND TRAP AND GO RIGHT FOR THE PIN. COULD BE INTERESTING. YOU’VE GOTTA WATCH OUT. IT’S A BIG TRAP UP THERE. IT SHOULD BE A LOT
OF FUN, THOUGH. NOT TOO LONG OF A HOLE. ONLY 180 — ABOUT 180 YARDS FROM
THE TIPS. ALL RIGHT. SO AS YOU MOVE TO HOLE NUMBER
14, IT’S A NICE PAR 4. A LITTLE TIGHT. WHAT YOU’VE REALLY GOT TO WORRY
ABOUT, THESE LLAMAS. YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN MOCKED BY
THE MOST TALENTED PEOPLE, DOGS, AND CHILDREN, BUT NEVER BY A
LLAMA ON A TEE SHOT. ALL RIGHT. KEEP IT DOWN BACK THERE, GUYS.>>CAME ON BOARD RIGHT AS THE
GOLF COURSE WAS OPENING, AND MUCH TO MY SURPRISE,
ON THE FRESHLY PRINTED SCORECARD, IT READ GOLF CARTS
YIELD RIGHT-OF-WAY TO LLAMAS, WHICH WAS FUNNY,
HA-HA, HUMOR, HUMOR. SAT DOWN WITH THE OWNER TO
UNDERSTAND THAT HE HAD THIS EPIPHANY, SO TO SPEAK,
THAT LLAMAS WERE PACK ANIMALS. THEY SHOULD BE CADDIES. THIS WILL WORK. WE’RE GOING TO TRY IT.>>WHILE THE LLAMAS ARE MAINLY
NOW ONLY USED FOR SPECIAL FUNCTIONS AROUND THE COURSE,
THEY’RE STILL A MAJOR STAPLE OF BRANDING. THERE ARE LLAMAS EVERYWHERE IN
THE NEWLY RENOVATED CLUBHOUSE AND PRO SHOP TOO.>>I HAVE 14 TVs. I HAVE 70-INCH TVs. I HAVE 42-INCH TVs. I AM TRULY A SPORTS BAR
ENVIRONMENT WITH A LOT OF DRAFT BEER, A LOT OF CASUAL,
COMFORTABLE FEELING SO YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU’RE INTRUDING ON
SOMEBODY ELSE’S PROPERTY AND YOU’RE JUST A GUEST FOR THE DAY. YOU TRULY FEEL LIKE YOU’RE PART
OF THE FACILITY.>>PLUS TALAMORE IS A STAY AND
PLAY DESTINATION GOLF SITE WITH VILLAS THAT CAN HOUSE UP
TO 400 GUESTS.>>IN OUR VILLA COMPLEX,
WE ADDED A PAVILION. IT’S TWO TVs. IT SEATS 72 PEOPLE. THERE’S FOUR GRASS —
GAS GRILLS. YOU KNOW, YOU END YOUR DAY. YOU GO BACK TO THE ROOM. YOU GRAB SOME STEAKS. YOU THROW THEM OUT THERE. YOU WATCH TV ON THE PAVILION. AND YOU MEET OTHER PEOPLE THERE. IT BECOMES A VERY LIVE PART OF
OUR COMMUNITY WITHOUT US STANDING THERE ASKING YOU TO BUY
A BEER OR BUY SOMETHING FROM US. WE WANT YOU TO ENJOY YOUR
EXPERIENCE, WHATEVER YOU SEEK.>>I MADE IT TO THE FINAL HOLE,
AND THEY SAID THIS WAS GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE. WELL, THAT’S QUITE A CHALLENGE. A LOT OF WATER TO HIT OVER. ALL RIGHT. HAVE A GOOD DAY, BALL. I HOPE I’LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER
SIDE.>>OUR 18th HOLE IS A BIG CARRY
OVER A LAKE TO A TUCKED AWAY GREEN. SO HE STARTS YOU OUT WITH A
HELLO, AND HE ENDS YOU WITH SOMETHING TO REMEMBER.>>WELL, I MADE IT
ACROSS THE WATER. I’M SAFE AND DRY. NICE LITTLE PAR 4 HERE TO
FINISH UP ON. IT’S A REALLY NICE COURSE. I’M JEFF SMITH, THE
WEEKEND GOLFER.

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