Every Wednesday we profile another place to play. Today our destination is Ambler, PA, and Talamore Country Club.
It seems like everywhere I go these days, I run into a member who is raving about the Talamore Family of Club’s “join one, play at them all” policy.
I met one during breakfast at a hotel in southern Virginia. The other day, it was an Eastern University golf outing at Philadelphia Cricket Club. That Talamore member was telling me how happy he was with the facilities at his club, including the golf course, the nice change of pace that Applecross or Old York offered up here, and how inexpensive it was to travel to the Talamore’s sister courses in the Pinehurst area to stay and play.
That’s exactly the way ownership drew it up. The multi-club plan and the numerous membership options have given Talamore a nice edge during these trying times for private clubs. It is also a plus that the golf course is a strong test, and the practice facilities are excellent.
Ed’s Scouting Report:
Try Before You Buy: The good news is you can get the basics from me but can easily gather your own more detailed intel. All the clubs under the Talamore umbrella have been holding special golf preview days over the last two months. There’s one today at Applecross and another tomorrow at Old York in New Jersey. Click here for more info. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more in the months ahead.
But I will give you my opinion of…
This seems like the easy way out, but the par 5 18th is my pick because it offers the chance to wrap up your round with a birdie… or a big number. It is not long, only 500 yards from the tips and it even plays slightly downhill. But your second shot will probably come with a downhill-sidehill lie.
There’s a big bunker short and right to gobble up low screamers and it also complicates a layup. In addition, a pond runs all the way down the left side and cuts in to guard the left front of the green. That water is in play whether you hit a pull, or even a well struck draw that comes in just a touch hot. Balls can easily bound off the green and into the pond.
Then there’s the putting surface, which has so many waves and swales it will make your head spin. It is a great hole for members because you could play it every day for a month and encounter a different challenge each time, and it is a wonderful way to settle a close match.
Ed Abrams anchors mornings on KYW Newsradio, and you can hear his Golf Reports there on Fridays and Saturdays. He has also created a pair of websites: www.DealTrackerGolf.com, featuring leads on the best golf equipment deals… and www.TeeItUpPhilly.com, with video course tours, audio swing tips and local golf deals