This Spring come to Carolina in the Pines

The Dogwood season is short but we should find it at its peak at the end of April. Join the Donald Ross Society for another visit to DJR’s southern home and play three wonderful golf courses at the prettiest time of the year. Three rounds of golf and two receptions for $500, includes a contribution to the Donald Ross Society Foundation. Arrange your own lodging at one of the local resorts or nearby Hampton Inn. For those looking for more golf there are several local Ross Society members who might arrange access to some of the other local jewels, don’t be afraid to ask.

Thursday, April 28th

11:00 AM golf at Mid Pines & Evening Reception at Tufts Archives.

Mid Pines is special and rare among golf clubs. It has 18 holes that are in exactly the same positions with the same numbers as when the course opened in 1921. But it has not been neglected. In recent years, tees have been leveled; a pond was rebuilt and cleaned up. Irrigation and drainage are much improved.

Pure Donald Ross, it fits the land where it was built. It has few forced carries or artificial or contrived holes. A fun course with adequate challenge for members and guests it also has been home to many national competitions including the 2002 USGA Senior Women's Amateur.   
The par-3s are among the most popular holes on this course, and perhaps the most photographed hole on the course is the 178 yard par-3 second. An uphill shot to an elevated green makes this a tough target to hit.

Mid Pines is definitely a reminder of the times when life was simpler and golf was golf. You can feel history swirling around you as you play here.

The Tufts Archives is a non-profit organization that preserves and displays the unique history of Pinehurst, from its founding in 1895 to the present.  The archives, located in a wing of the Given Memorial Library on the Village Green in Pinehurst, was built in 1975, Richard Tufts, grandson of the founder of the village, James Walker Tufts created the Tufts Foundation, which provided the funding for the archives, and a small endowment.

The archives operates through substantial support from The Donald Ross Foundation and other patrons, the sale of images and graphics, and specific fundraisers; it is open to the public, researchers, media and scholars free of charge. During our Reception this evening, we will hear about plans to expand access to the Archive’s extensive digital files and have an opportunity to view exhibits, photographs, documents, maps and artifacts concerning Donald Ross and the Tufts family.  In addition to course plans, photographs and drawings is the 19th century Artic Soda Fountain machine that provided the fortune that made Pinehurst possible.

Friday, April 29th

11:00 AM golf at Dormie Club & Evening Reception in the lovingly restored home of Donald Ross adjacent to the third and fourth holes of Pinehurst #2.

The Dormie Club is the first Coore & Crenshaw course in North Carolina and was designated the #1 new golf course in the US last year by Golf Magazine. The minimalist approach favored by Coore & Crenshaw makes this course seem much older than it is. With no paved surfaces within the boundary of the course, Dormie reflects a return to classic architecture and evokes a natural, rustic feel as it tumbles over natural elevation changes and two natural lakes. Just off of the fairways is native sandy soil, infused with pine straw, grasses and fescues. Firm and fast playing conditions will allow for a variety of shots to be played into and around the greens. 

After the golf we will enjoy a reception in Dornoch Cottage, the restored home of Donald Ross where he lived from 1925 until his death in 1948.

Saturday, April 30th

11:00 AM golf at Southern Pines CC, Cocktails and Prizes after.

Southern Pines Golf Course may offer the most rewarding golf holes in the Sandhills region. It is a true shotmaker's golf course, as the Ross layout here gives players so many options.  At 6300 yards, Southern Pines does not measure up to today's length of courses, but it makes up for it through a variety of shots from the tee and even more challenges into the greens.

This is truly a throwback to days gone by, where bump and run shots were the norm and tee shots demanded precision over length.  One trip around this Ross gem will leave you wanting more, not just at that moment, but rather each every time you tee it up.  This, to borrow the words from Michael Fay’s book, is golf as it was meant to be played. Better remember how to make that bump and run shot!  The memories will be vivid and will last a lifetime.

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