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  • March 01, 2017 11:01 PM | John Stiles (Administrator)

    Two books have been recently released about Donald Ross.

    The first was Chris Buie's book 'The Life and Times of Donald Ross'.   The book has received many good reviews.  The book is available through the web site Classics of Golf and will be sold for $75. Society members will soon be able to receive a discount.  Society member Mike Beckerich is publisher of Classics of Golf.

    The second book is a revision to Society member Paul Dunn's book "Great Donald Ross Courses Everyone Can Play: Resort, Public, and Semi-Private."  It is a welcome update to Mr. Dunn's first edition.  It is a great reference for touring the easily accessed Ross courses.  The book was released just in time for planning your 2017 golf trips.  To view and order a copy click on   http://www.donaldrossgolfcourses.com .

  • October 11, 2016 8:49 AM | John Stiles (Administrator)

    While Bill Case has retired from his legal career, he continues to write. He periodically contributes articles to the Pinehurst magazine PineStraw. Courtesy of PineStraw and Bill, click on the link "Little Big Men"  for his latest which is about George Dunlap, Jr. winner of the 1933 US Amateur. Bill previously authored two articles about Ross and Pinehurst. Bill's first installment is via this link Ross and Tufts from the Pine Straw magazine.   Bill's second article is  " Dear Mr. Ross "   

    His first golf book was  'Golf in Columbus at Wyandot Country Club.'  It is a marvelous history of this course that no longer exists.  This was published as a softbound book and is also available as an ebook at  www.historypress.net


  • June 27, 2016 2:33 PM | John Stiles (Administrator)

    Teugega Country Club will host their annual Donald Ross Invitational on Friday September 9th and Saturday September 10th.  The invitational is a 36 hole four ball tournament. 

    Click on ENTRY FORM  for more details, costs, and contact information.

    Note the different divisions in the tournament on the entry form. 

    All proceeds of the tourney will benefit the course restoration project.  Find a partner and go enjoy one of Ross' best.  



  • October 27, 2015 8:36 PM | Mark Rymuza

    Played the back 9 while in the area last week.  Course is being restored with all 18 in play this week.  The back showed the bones of a restoration to Ross.  Looking forward to playing all 18 down the road.

    Savannah Golf Club is a lovely course retaining a good portion of its history but as Toby Browne pointed out, the first and second were re-routed from original design to enable a larger clubhouse and practice range and other features required by membership in the modern age.  Of particular note are the former ramparts of the Civil War fort that stood there before the course which now require channeling your tee shot on several holes.  

    Wilmington Island was a fun course but did not have the same feel as Bacon or Savannah Golf Club.  


  • December 12, 2014 8:32 AM | Stephen Bouchard

    I see where there is a new documentary called "Donald Ross: Discovering the Legend.  Has anyone seen it?




  • December 25, 2013 1:43 PM | Ray Gabriel
    I will be down in Jax FL in mid Mar 14 and thinking of bringing some of my golf group to Hyde Park as a primer before our tournament at Amelia Island this year. I've seen mixed reviews on the course condition especially the greens. I'm not that particular especially since I'm snow and ice bound here in CT. Anyone who can provide some info, I would greatly appreciate it. It's a Donald Ross design so it already has BOD.
    Thanks, 
    Ray Gabriel
  • December 23, 2013 4:53 PM | William Case

    Fellow  members:  I am  writing  the  story about  what  was  a  great  Donald  Ross  course  located  just  outside  of  Columbus, Ohio  (Worthington)  that  disappeared  in  1952.  The  Elks  Country Club  was  designed  by  Ross  in  1922  and  opened  the  next  year.   The  great Denny  Shute  was  a member.  After  a  devastating  fire,  the  club  was  reorganized  and  operated  under  the   name  of  Wyandot  Country  Club. The course was  good  enough  to  host  the  1931  Ohio Amateur  and  a  PGA  tour  stop in 1948 (The Columbus  

    Invitational  won by Lloyd Mangrum). The story  of  the  course's  closing  features  a  surprising amount  of  political  intrigue.  The title  of the story   is "Elks-Wyandot's Long  Goodbye- The Saga of a Lost  Donald Ross Classic."  I  have published  on  line  the  first two  installments (I anticipate 12 in all).  You can read  these  at  www.billlisassportinglife.com    If you want  me  to put you on the mailing list for future installments,  e-mail me at 

    bill.case@thompsonhine.com

  • November 09, 2010 12:21 PM | Brian Bennett

    A small group of "tinkers" are planning on changing our 11th hole from a short dogleg right par 5 to a longer and straighter par 4.  These are the low handicappers who are incapable of fading a shot, they also seem to believe that our current par 73 is "not standard".  Of course they have engage several experts who agree with their opinions on the matter.

    Does anyone have any advice on how to defeat these things when they arise?

  • May 07, 2010 3:14 PM | Anonymous
    I'm going to Hilton Head in June.  I was going to play Harbor Town but they are doing some maintenance the week I'll be there.   What other courses are recommended in Hilton Head?
  • July 25, 2009 9:14 AM | Dave Jongleux

    I recently played this course and had a very enjoyable time. They are in the midst of restoring the course (all work being done in-house) and they have a ways to go but they are headed in the right direction.

    Hole # 12 a 210 yd. par 3 is just fantastic!! Evidently they recently removed trees in front and behind the green -- now the hole is the best one on the course. It looks so natural --like it has been there for 100 years -- which it has!!

    There are several other really good holes on the course -- If you are in upstate New York, I would recommend playing the course.

    It is also very close to Turning Stone Resort.

    Dave Jongleux, Indpls, IN.

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