FDR Welcomes the Donald Ross Society to Warm Springs
Home of the Roosevelt Golf Course, Meriwether County, Georgia
With additional rounds at
Highland Country Club & the Extraordinary East Lake Golf Club
Thursday, March 19 — Saturday, March 21
Limited to 32 Participants ($640 golfer - $250 non-golfer)
Just a couple of weeks before the Masters, with the trees and shrubs blooming, relive history on the course that Ross built for FDR near the “Little White House”. This hilly course has been virtually unmolested since its construction in 1926, and features small, well-bunkered greens loaded with subtle breaks. A creek comes into play on five holes. The fairways are lined with pines and oaks, and the course offers an additional set of men’s tees that can be used when playing an eighteen hole round.
Roosevelt was so enchanted with Warm Springs that he built the only home he ever owned here - a modest, six room cottage called the Little White House which served as a relaxing, comfortable haven during his regular visits. It was here he is believed to have developed the once again timely New Deal policies, here where he relaxed and socialized and here where he died on April 12, 1945 while posing for the “Unfinished Portrait”.
But there is more in store for Society members than just this little gem in Warm Springs as we will have the opportunity to play two other Ross Jewels in Georgia including one of America’s most exclusive clubs, East Lake Golf Club, the home of Bobby Jones.
Thursday March 19, 2009.
Drive to LaGrange, GA. (90 minutes from Atlanta airport on Interstate 85 - exit 18).
Afternoon match against members of Highland Country Club LaGrange (2 PM shotgun), followed by dinner in the club. Stay at Lafayette Garden Inn at exit 18 (make your own arrangements). Comfort Inn and Jameson Inn also at exit 18.
Friday March 20
Drive forty minutes to Warm Springs for a full day reliving our history. Itinerary will include a 9:00 AM guided tour of the Little White House and the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation. After a catered luncheon we will play golf on the original and completely unchanged course that Ross designed for the President.
Return to Atlanta. Spend the night in downtown or airport hotel (make your own arrangements). And then, enjoy a very special Private Dinner at East Lake Country Club.
Saturday March 20
Your chance of a lifetime! Morning times are reserved for 32 of us starting at 11:30 AM at historic East Lake Golf Club, home course of Bobby Jones when it was the Atlanta Athletic Club and the permanent venue for the PGA’s season ending Tour Championship. In 1994, Rees Jones restored Donald Ross' original golf course layout. The most talked about hole on the front nine is the 168-yard, par-3 sixth. An elevated tee plays to a diagonally angled peninsula green. This particular green complex existed on the original Tom Bendelow course, where it served as the green for the par-5 16th and was one of the first island greens in America.