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About NCGolfer

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    Formerly known as Club Champion
  • Birthday May 15

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  1. Ratings (out of 5): Lodging Quality: 4Value: 5Location: 5 Talamore Golf Course Quality: 4Value: 4Conditioning: 4.5Layout: 3.5 Mid South Golf Course Quality: 5Value: 4.5Conditioning: 5Layout: 5 Lodging I've done numerous golf trips before in the Carolinas. I was more than happy with what the overall experience was at Talamore. The three-bedroom condo we stayed in was plenty spacious for the six (winning) team members we had. In the evenings we all were able to hang in the living room area to relax, talk and watch TV. The bedrooms also had plenty of space for everyone's luggage and each one had its own, separate bathroom as well which is good for the morning when people are getting cleaned up and ready to head out. The pavilion area was a really nice touch and a pretty cool area to hang out and watch some TV. The free BBQ dinner and drinks was quite awesome and unexpected. I can safely say that @coachjimsc probably ate a small pig by himself...and if he didn't, I finished whatever was left of it off. I could have used a cold, frosty adult beverage with the BBQ but I can't complain for the price of free. In the morning, we enjoyed the breakfast at the Talamore clubhouse with what room we had left. It was a nice bonus that we didn't have to 1) worry about getting breakfast and 2) have to get up and leave early to find somewhere to eat. If I had only one nitpick was that there was a little wear and tear. I don't expect perfect or the highest quality but this was maybe a little below what I was hoping for. No biggie. The location of the villas and Talamore in general is really great. Convenient to the other courses and a short drive into town or restaurants. There might have been a little bit of a drive to get to some grocery stores, but when it comes to golf location in Pinehurst, it's a great spot. Talamore I'd have to echo what has been said here before. There are some really nice holes on Talamore...and some that leave me scratching my head. @phillyk kinda summed it up nicely. I'm not a big fan of holes where you have "dead space" where you could just flatten things out a bit and connect things a bit more. There are multiple holes where the fairway just stops, there is rough, and the fairway starts back up again. Sure there is a drop-off or some uneven spaces, but those can be remedied very easy. I'll stop there because I don't want it to seem like it's a major problem...its not. Just something that you should be aware of. The conditions of Talamore were great. I think the new greens are going to be really, really nice when they finally mature and get to an ideal state. They were very firm, which is expected for these types of bermuda greens and how new they are. They putted very nice though and I can't say that I had any bad lies around the greens or anywhere else. Overall, I think there was good value and I'd go back in a heartbeat. Mid South Of the two, I really liked Mid South a lot better. There wasn't many holes that I didn't like and the conditions seemed just a little better all around. There weren't any holes that were disjointed or unnatural. I felt like I was at a resort at Mid Pines where at Talamore it wasn't quite as nice. There was a great mix of holes that forced players to play fades and draws. Nothing that caused someone who could only do one of the two any problems. There was also some really nice holes that brought water into play including the final holes on each side. Great visual holes that finish at the clubhouse with challenging greens...really a nice way to finish. The course conditions were great. The greens were even better than Talamore (both were great) even though they had just opened up a month or so prior. I expected the greens to be very firm and a little rough. Surprisingly, they were plenty soft and putted wonderfully. The bunkers were a bit soft but I had no problems with them the few times I had to hit out. Of the two, I'd definitely go back to Mid South first. Even so, I still want to go back to Talamore again to play it after the course has had some time to mature a bit. I think that both of these tracks will be in great shape in a couple years and be a stop on a future golf trip. FOOD WARNING: as others have mentioned, please use the half-way house at Mid South instead of the main dining area. Service was S-L-O-W. We had plenty of time between rounds to grab a sandwich but it took way longer than anyone would expect.
  2. Reviews - TRUE Linkswear Elements Pro

    Ratings (out of 5): Quality: 5 Value: 5 Comfort: 5 Durability: 5 I've been a FootJoy guy all my life. TRUE Linkswear has made me start to doubt that allegiance. These might be the best shoes out of the box i've ever tried. Fit and Comfort First off, I got a size 9 which is the same as my FootJoys and they fit perfectly. Snug, but not too snug...with a little room in the toe. I was really happy because they felt more like sneakers and had great support. Sometimes, with the more traditional shoes, it tends to be a bit stiff sometimes. The TRUEs were excellent. As for how they felt after 108 rounds of golf? Just as good. I didn't have any sort of pain or discomfort in the balls of my feet even on the days we played 36. If you have any sort of issues with feet and like to have a more comfortable shoe, I really don't know if you'll find one. Nearly every day we had a lot of dew on the grounds and not once did I ever feel it on my feet. For a shoe that looks like it might not be waterproof these held up admirably. Another feather in the cap for TRUE. Asthetics I love the design of these. While the color may not be to the liking of some people you can always opt for the West teams white color which was much more standard. As @DeadMan says though, you might have issues with a bit of dirt and grime. The blue versions we received were much more resistant to discoloration...or at least didn't show. Did I like the blue color? As a Penn State grad, yes....yes I did. I will say, the above as a little hard to get use to when you are looking down at the ball getting ready to hit the ball. But I'll take it!
  3. Ratings (out of 5):Hybrid 2.0 Quality: 5Value: 5Effectiveness: 5Aesthetic Appeal: 5 Fusion 2.5 Quality: 5Value: 5Effectiveness: 4Aesthetic Appeal: 5 Hat Clip Quality: 5Value: 3Effectiveness: 4Aesthetic Appeal: 3 Let's start with the easiest of the three. The Hybrid 2.0. I've actually been using a PitchFix Hybrid for (I think) 7 or 8 years. I honestly can't remember how long ago I got it but it has been a staple in my bag. In one of the captain's choice tournaments I played many, many moons ago they gave one to each competitor...and I absolutely love mine. When I saw we were getting a brand new one I had a mix of sadness and joy. Sad that I would be letting go of my trusty one and joy that I was getting a new one. As you can see in the above pictures, the amazing thing to me is how the technology hasn't changed that much...and it doesn't need to. Mine has lasted so long and seen a lot of use without failing. I can't stress enough how good these little things are and also how durable. As for the Fusions, I like them a lot as well. I think the technology is really good and can be even more effective on greens down in the south (bermuda-based) where, a lot of times, you don't leave more than a dent in the green. I will probably use this device when I'm playing those types of greens. I still prefer the hybrid for bent-style greens. Either way, you can't go wrong with these devices. As for the hat-clip, I've never been a big fan of them. That being said, this one was nice because I could get it far enough off the side of the hat where it wasn't in my field of vision so it didn't bother me. It functioned perfectly fine but it just isn't for me. The quality looks great and I don't see any reason why this one wouldn't stand up to the test of time like their other devices have!
  4. Hitting off wrong tee

    Not on a mountain here either. Semi-private course with a men's golf association that functions just fine and our tournaments are run rather professionally and efficiently. Heck, even when I was at fully public courses I never ran into anything you're describing. I'd say you are the outlier here. Sounds like a lack of care or interest by the staff and anyone at the club to make things better.
  5. What are you listening to?

    Haunting stuff. The last minute or so is just...
  6. Winter Rules

    Yup. I post year round down here. I don't see a huge swing in handicaps but, yes, they generally do rise and early-year tournaments have me doing a double-take at a couple people.
  7. What is Your Punch-Out Club?

    That was not my first choice...but I did the right thing like a good caddie would and supported you when I knew you were committed to hitting that shot.
  8. Minimum distance requirement for PGA Players

    This was the number that was in my head before even opening the thread. I wouldn't even think that is a long hitter on tour...just something that is in the somewhat-average or needed area. Looks like the average is 279, but the question is minimum...so Ken Duke at 251 wins. I'd still want to have at least 270 carry.
  9. What is Your Punch-Out Club?

    Mostly my 6 iron. I feel like I can control the trajectory well enough with it. If I have to go REALLY low I never use anything lower than a 5-iron. I've tried a 4-iron and, more times than not, run it too low and didn't hit the shot I wanted.
  10. Where do you Put the Cheese on a Cheeseburger?

    Ahhh...then I approve of your experiment.
  11. Where do you Put the Cheese on a Cheeseburger?

    We have a grill pan we use. Lightly buttered and then put a pan or two on top to press everything down. Flattens the roll but crisps it perfectly. Never thought of the toaster idea. I prefer only one side toasted though...
  12. Where do you Put the Cheese on a Cheeseburger?

    Properly melted cheese acts as the glue for the rest of the condiment layer. Especially bacon. Hijack away. Toasting is perfectly acceptable for keeping the bun from becoming too soggy with all the delicious grease. It also adds some excellent texture. We normally toast our bread or rolls for any sandwiches we make.
  13. Yeah...that was my first thought as well. Yup...that was it. We talked about it here at work since we have quite a few Chinese nationals working for us. It was more about cracking down on government officials using golf as part of corruption than the sport itself.
  14. DeadMan and PhillyK Play Pinehurst No. 2

    Thanks @phillyk and @DeadMan. I'm glad you guys had a chance to play there and enjoyed the experience. A couple of comments from the times I've played there: I always felt like the greens were large but the playable area where you needed to be was small. @phillyk, I think this is what you mean. Your comment about aiming for the center of the green is spot on...especially not short siding yourself. I did that more than a couple times and never got up and down. The caddies I had were relatively new but one of the caddies for the other two in the group was a much more seasoned guy that I paid a lot more attention to during the round. He was actually helping the guy we had a bit. The best caddie I've ever had was at Kiawah when we teed of first in the morning. Our group had the two most seasoned guys (by how they talked AND looked)...they were a blast. I still like walking and would prefer a caddie over a cart even if that guy wasn't the best in the world...just like @DeadMan said here: Again, glad you guys got to go there and play. I played it before and after the restore and I'm a bigger fan now with the way it looks and feels. Mid-Pines was similar to that feel but #2 is just BIGGER (and better) in every way.
  15. Great summary of everything Jim and, yes, we should definitely catch up sometime in the spring in Charlotte! I enjoyed it as well...truly. We had a great time out there and I just wish we could have brung home more points!

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