The pavilion at the Southern Pines, N.C., resort is a covered facility for up to 70 guests on a first-come-first-served basis that features North Carolina-style barbecue, TVs, and a fireplace.
The Pavilion at Talamore, located at the Talamore Golf Resort in Southern Pines, N.C., officially opened May 1, according to John McDougald, PGA Director of Golf Operations at the property.
Located in the villa complex on the Talamore side of the resort, the pavilion is available to all resort guests on a first-come-first-serve basis. It is a large, covered facility, with covered seating for up to 70 that serves first and foremost as a gathering place.
“It’s a great place to get outside and meet and greet rather than sitting in your room, unit or in a hotel lobby,” McDougald says. “The facility is designed for shared activities and is not to be reserved.”
The only planned event at the pavilion is a series of Thursday night “Southern-style pig pickins” designed to give Talamore guests traveling from all compass points an authentic North Carolina experience.
“We interact with guests from all over the country but we are in Carolina,” McDougald said. “We are not on the coast doing seafood; we are not in Maryland doing crabs; we are not in Texas doing steaks; nor are we in Boston doing lobster. We are in North Carolina doing barbecue. It’s quite an eye-opener for many—to open the cooker and see a whole pig cooking in it. A lot of folks haven’t had that experience. We try to make it educational.”
After cooking for 10 hours, the pork, forked right off the cooker, is ready to be enjoyed. But there’s even more to be enjoyed at the pavilion, including continual golf coverage during the dual U.S. Opens in June.
“We’ll have TVs out there for the Opens for guests to watch the events,” said McDougald. “There’s also a fireplace for the fall and winter. It’s becoming a great meeting place for guests when coming into town. It’s a great place to say hello to long-time friends. It’s a great way to start the day or end an evening.”
The pavilion and the Thursday night get-togethers have “Added to the hometown feel everybody is in search of when they visit the destination. We are excited about that,” McDougald said.