The Ross Society had a wonderful outing in the Jacksonville area in January, and just completed a tour of Ross’ finest on Cape Cod in May, now it’s time for our Annual Meeting. Join us in Tennessee for some great golf, a chance to meet your officers for 2011, and an opportunity to voice your suggestions for future developments.
This year’s annual event, the Ross River Retreat, will be held Saturday August 7th through Monday August 9th in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is a return trip to two delightful Ross courses along the great rivers of east Tennessee, at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The event will feature play at Holston Hills Country Club located along a broad plain next to the Holston River, and a visit to Cherokee Country Club on a high bluff above a horseshoe bend of the Tennessee River. Between play on the Ross courses, the Society members will play a wonderful and very challenging ‘Wee Course’ along Williams Creek. The course is an 18 hole, par 3 course and is part of the USGA First Tee program.
The event will begin at 12:30 pm on Saturday afternoon August 7th at Holston Hills Country Club with a lunch, followed by golf at 2 pm, and then a club dinner at 8 pm. Holston is set on a river plain where Ross incorporated the marvelous rolls in the land into fairways and green sites.
The Ross Retreat will next play golf on Sunday morning at 9 am at the ‘Wee Course’ in support of the USGA First Tee Program. It might the first visit by the Society to a First Tee course. The Wee Course is very close to Holston Hills and is a challenging 18-hole par 3 course designed by Tom Fazio. It will test every club in the bag from the tee and features very challenging greens. Everyone is “on their own” for breakfast and lunch for Sunday.
However, we meet at Cherokee Country Club on Sunday evening at 7 pm for a club dinner on a bluff high above the Tennessee River. On Monday morning, we meet again at Cherokee CC for a nice breakfast, followed by golf at 9 am, and a buffet lunch after golf.
Founded in 1907, Cherokee Country Club has a long tradition of golf and the finest in country club life. A complete tee to green renovation by Ron Prichard was recently completed in 2008. The course reopened in May 2009. Cherokee CC is the classic compact Ross routing where distance is not an absolute requirement but an accurate or well placed shot to the green is. The club will host the 2010 State Women’s Four-Ball championship after the Society event, and will host the State Amateur in 2011.
The event cost is $425 ($350 for Society members from Holston Hills) and includes lunch, golf, and dinner at Holston Hills. Golf and cart is included for the Wee Course on Sunday. The dinner on Sunday and Monday breakfast, golf, cart, and lunch at Cherokee CC is also included.
Please also note there is optional golf on Tuesday at 1:00 pm at Chattanooga Golf and Country Club (Ross) in Chattanooga, about a 2 ½ hour trip from east Knoxville.
Please indicate on the form if you will play golf at Chattanooga G&CC. This expense will be about $90 and is not included in the above event fee for Knoxville. There is limited space at Chattanooga G&CC .
Please fill out the entry form and forward payment as indicated. Payment will be made at a later date for Chattanooga G&CC as we have done at past events for optional golf.
Please note that the non-golfers will have plenty of opportunity to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and all the ‘shopping’ areas outside the park. Also, only a few miles from Holston is the highly regarded Knoxville Zoo, which is recommended to all.
Holston Hills CC is on the east side of Knoxville, about 5 miles from downtown. The Wee Course is a few miles from Holston. Cherokee CC is close to downtown, about 4 miles west of the downtown and the University of Tennessee campus.
We think the most convenient location for lodging is exit 398 along interstate 40, just east of Holston Hills CC (exit 394). The Society has a special rate of $ 76 plus tax at the Marriott’s Fairfield Inn at interstate exit 398, Strawberry Plains Pike. You will need to call the inn at 865-971-4033 and indicate you want the ‘Donald Ross’ rate, and make your reservation by phone for the discounted rate. The classic southern Cracker Barrel is adjacent to the Fairfield Inn. Exit 398 also has a Hampton Inn, La Quinta, Baymont, Country Inn & Suites, and others. This location is about 5 miles from Holston Hills and the ‘Wee Course.’
Downtown Knoxville has a Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Hampton Inn, Hyatt, and a Four Points (upscale Sheraton).
West Knoxville is the most commercially developed side of town, with subdivisions, malls, and too many motels to list.