Mid South Club - putting green
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Mid South Club - putting green
The Mid South Club, a private club sometimes open to resort guests across from Talamore Golf Resort, got a recent facelift. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Mid South Club - no. 1
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Mid South Club - no. 1
Beautiful large bunkers are part of the renovation at Mid South Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Mid South Club - no. 2
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Mid South Club - no. 2
The tough par-4 second has water that comes into play off the tee and on the approach at Mid Pines Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Mid South Club - no. 5
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Mid South Club - no. 5
Water comes into play on the second shot of the par-4 fifth at the Mid South Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Mid South Club - no. 6
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Mid South Club - no. 6
It's all carry on the par-3 sixth hole at Mid South Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Mid South Club - no. 9
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Mid South Club - no. 9
The par-5 ninth shares a double green with the par-4 18th at Mid South Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Mid South Club - no. 11
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Mid South Club - no. 11
There are no shortage of bunkers on the par-3 11th at Mid South Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Mid South Club - no. 15
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Mid South Club - no. 15
Here's the tee shot on the par-5 15th at Mid South Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Mid South Club - no. 16
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Mid South Club - no. 16
The tee shot on the par-4 16th at Mid South Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Mid South Club - no. 16
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Mid South Club - no. 16
You have to cross water again on the approach of the par-4 16th hole at Mid South Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Mid South Club - no. 18
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Mid South Club - no. 18
The large lake at Mid South Club comes into play off the tee and the approach on the tough par-4 18th. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Mid South Club - clubhouse
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Mid South Club - clubhouse
The Mid South Club has a 30,000 square foot clubhouse with dining facilities, bar, golf shop and locker rooms. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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In pictures: A new horizon for Mid South Club in the Carolina Sandhills

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- The Members Course at Mid South Club at Talamore Resort is better than ever, thanks to this summer's greens renovation to Champion Bermuda.

Following along the lines of nearby Pinehurst No. 2 and several other high profile courses in the area, the conversion from bentgrass to Champion allows for the best possible summer and fall play. With the renovation completed this summer, the Arnold Palmer-Ed Seay Course that opened in 1993 has never been in better shape. Along with the greens, several bunkers were redone as well.

The project was led by Jeffrey Stein and Gaspar Cardona from Southport, N.C.-based Shapemasters, which completed a similar project on the main course at Talamore Golf Resort last summer.

As for the Mid South Course, the par 71 plays just over 7,000 yards from the tips. There are plenty of bunkers, water hazards and now, perfect greens. The course has great hole variety and several that could be termed signature holes, including the par-4 16th with water off the tee and on the approach.

While the course is private, it is available to visitors who book packages to Talamore Golf Resort, which has three other courses available as well.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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