Florida in January
The Donald Ross Society searches for Sunshine
January 21 through January 29, 2010We will actually begin our southern excursion in the state of Georgia, just across the state line in Brunswick, 45 minutes north of the Jacksonville airport.
Arrive Thursday January 21
We have arranged a special rate $79 plus tax at Hampton Inn, Brunswick, GA (Exit 36A, Interstate 95) for Thursday and/or Friday. Call Regina Davis or front desk at (912) 261-0002. Dinner arrangements are on your own but check our website to see who else is coming, we’re sure to form a group in search of the perfect “Dougie”.
Friday January 22 – Brunswick (GA) CC.
Golf from Noon with the members at Brunswick CC followed by dinner. Located near Georgia's southeastern coast, this 1938 Donald Ross design is truly a Golden Isles gem.
Brunswick Country Club, originally chartered in 1920, moved to its current location in 1936 and began operation as a nine-hole facility with sand greens. In 1938, the club hired Donald Ross to design the back nine. Later that year, Ross returned for a site visit and provided drawings to redesign the existing front nine greens. On Labor Day 1939, all eighteen holes were officially opened for play.
Over the next 70 years, the golf course gradually changed due to agronomic and maintenance practices, however, the original design remained basically untouched - until now.
In November 2006, the Davis Love Design began the restoration of the 1938 Donald Ross designed golf course. The twelve-month venture was very much like an archeological project - uncovering a buried treasure - a true Donald Ross gem.
Saturday January 23 – Sawgrass CC.
Golf from Noon with the members followed by dinner at fabled Sawgrass Country Club, early home of the Players' Championship. Allow 90 mins - 2 hours from Brunswick.
Rich in Championship Golf History, Sawgrass Country Club has been synonymous with great golf ever since it played host to The Players Championship in 1977, and played on the East-West Course through 1981, when it moved to the Tournament Players Club (TPC) at Sawgrass.
The golf course boasting 27 holes, was designed by Ed Seay who before joining Palmer Golf, worked with Ross protégé Ellis Maples. Through the years, Sawgrass has been consistently recognized as one of the finest courses in the country and has been included in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the U.S., Golf Digest’s Best Courses in Florida, and Golf Week Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in America.
Special rate at Hampton Inn, Ponte Vedra Beach of $74 plus tax from Thursday 21 (if you prefer) through to check out Friday 28th. Call (904) 280-9101 to reserve and mention Donald Ross Society.
Sunday January 24 University of Florida - Gainesville
Located less than a mile from the University of Florida campus, the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida is home to the school’s championship golf teams. The heavily tree-lined, softly rolling terrain provides a 6,700 yard challenge. Originally built by Ross as Gainesville Country Club before it was taken over by the University the course was restored by Bobby Weed in 2001 in a project that included new tees, fairway and green surfaces and 140 newly built bunkers.
We will play with the members with starting times beginning at 11:00 AM.
Dinner is not included in pricing, but we will find out where the Gators are feeding.
Monday January 25 – Hyde Park, Jacksonville
Golf at Hyde Park Golf Club from 11:00 AM.
This is one of the oldest courses in Florida. It was built in 1925, and was a tour stop for the Men’s and Lady’s PGA Tour in the 40s and 50s for the playing of the Greater Jacksonville Open. Nelson, Snead and Hogan; Zaharis, Berg and Suggs all played here and Mickey Wright won her first pro tournament here in 1956. In 1971 the golf course was purchased by Billy Maxwell and Chris Blocker and was long thought to be a Ross design, but it is now believed to be the work of Stanley Thompson. Be interesting to see what our members think. On your own for dinner.
Tuesday January 26 - Palatka
Palatka Municipal Golf Course from 11am.
This is a fabulous Ross layout bordering the beautiful Ravine State Gardens. Although only 5942 yards long from the tips, it annually hosts the Florida Azalea Amateur and you won’t find it a pushover.
Shower and change at Palatka (bring your own towel and shampoo) because after the golf we visit the World Golf Hall of Fame on the way back to Ponte Vedra. The Hall is closed to the public at 6pm and we are expected shortly after 6pm for a private tour followed by a sumptuous private catered banquet.
Here is what the Hall of Fame says about Donald Ross please click here for info...
Wednesday January 27 – San Jose, Jacksonville
12:15pm golf at San Jose Country Club followed by dinner with the members. The San Jose Country Club golf course was designed in 1925 by Donald Ross and redesigned in 1989 by Bob Walker, with a total yardage of 6,625. In March, 2006, golf course architect Dan Schlegel researched the original Donald Ross plans and updated the course once again with a total yardage of 6,921. This beautiful private course is surrounded by ligustrums, azaleas, iris, agapanthus and other lush foliage.
Thursday January 28 – Timuquana, Jacksonville
Golf at Timuquana, Jacksonville from 11am with the members again followed by a dinner with the members watching the sunset and the lights of Jacksonville come on across the St Johns river.
"Timuquana," is a variation of the name of the Native American Timucuan tribe, which formerly made its home here.
Donald Ross worked with the original Green Committee in designing an 18-hole course through the wilderness of forest and scrub. Later, the Club engaged Robert Trent Jones, to provide it with a long-range plan for continued improvement, much of which was implemented in the late 1950s.
Open tournaments held at Timuquana, featured many famous names, including Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Tommy Armour, Leo Diegel, Henry Cotton, Bobby Cruikshanks, Horton Smith, Jock Hutchison and Bob McDonald. For several years the Southern Amateur Championship was played here.
Part of a major golf course renovation approved in 1996 and undertaken by Bobby Weed, was an historic partnership with the Jacksonville U.S. Naval Air Station to include an effluent water program to irrigate the Club's golf course. Final connections were made in the summer of 1997 and the Club began accepting the effluent water in the fall of the same year.
In September 2002, Timuquana hosted the Senior Amateur Championship of the United States Golf Association.
The 18-hole Timuquana Country Club is a private golf course that opened in 1923. Designed by Donald Ross, Timuquana Country Club measures 6859 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 130 and a 73 USGA rating. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels. Greens and fairways are bermuda grass. Bobby Weed did the recent work here restoring not only the golf course but reclaiming the natural water systems in a triumph of ecological design. Other architects to have a hand in the evolution of Timuquana were David Gordon and George Cobb.
This is an ambitious program of (largely) Ross designs in the Jacksonville area. While we hope for a large involvement for the entire week, we have broken down costs for those wishing to attend for less than the full schedule.
Generally, costs include greens fees, carts for those that want them and dinner where arranged. Drinks and lunches are usually not included. As always, a $25 cancellation fee will be applied after registration to cover the Society Foundation’s costs.
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