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The Donald Ross Society visits the Land of Paul Bunyan

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For Golf & Camaraderie at

Woodhill CC, Minikahda CC, White Bear Yacht Club & Northland CC

Wednesday, August 26th — Sunday, August 30th, 2009

$700- golfer, $300 non- golfer
$25 Cancellation fee will be applied to all cancellations


This late summer outing begins with a visit to Woodhill CC, in Wayzata, and then takes us on a tour of three more wonderful Ross courses in the lake country of Minnesota. For an extensive description of the first three of these courses see Michael Fay’s extended article, Donald Ross in the Twin Cities on our Website. The trip concludes with two days at Northland Country Club in Duluth, arranged by Society member, Duke Skorich. We will play a match against the membership on Saturday and then join our new friends for a celebratory dinner that evening. Then, on Sunday we wrap things up with a fun, farewell round.

Rooms may be reserved at the Hampton Inn, Minnetonka, MN at a specially negotiated rate of $74 for Society members. Make your own reservation. Rate is available from Monday August 24th.

Wednesday, August 26
An afternoon of golf  (2pm start). Cash bar and lunch are available beforehand as required. Incorporated in 1915, Woodhill Country Club is a private family club located in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities. The golf course, the first that he was to design in Minnesota, was host to the Trans-Mississippi Tournament, won by Jack Nicklaus in 1957. Society member Charles Leck was instrumental in encouraging the Club to research the Ross heritage and proceed with a restoration by John Fought. Head Professional, Phil Reith is approaching his 40th year at Woodhill.

Optional carts and caddies (cash) may be used.

Cash bar follows golf.

Dinner at Woodhill is included in entry fee.

Thursday, August 27
Ross members will enjoy luncheon (cash) and golf (1pm) at Minikahda where the first layout by Willie Watson was completed in 1898. Ross came to Minikahda after the 1916 .Open was won by Chick Evans with a record breaking sub-par score and the members decided the course needed to be “toughened up”. Restoration of the Ross layout was completed by Ron Prichard in 2001.

Pay cash for lunch, bar, carts and caddies if required

Dinner is included in the Lakeview room with the outside deck as an option if the weather permits.

Friday, August 28
We are planning a bus pick up at the Hampton Inn Friday August 28 at 7am to take us to White Bear, then on to Duluth. For those who do not wish to take the bus, thank you for your small contribution to the Donald Ross Society Foundation.

Golf  (9am) White Bear Yacht Club followed by lunch before an afternoon drive to Duluth.

The course sits hard by White Bear Lake in White Bear, 20 miles northeast of St Paul, and offers 6471 yards of marvelous golf. WBYC employed Renaissance Golf to restore the course, and widened the fairways from the then 20-25 yard avenues to 40-60 yards today. The members report that this has not made the course any easier due to the increased difficulty of the restored bunkers and the undulations of the expanded greens.

Mandatory carts are included.

Recommended hotels in Duluth will be announced later and are not included in the package cost.

Make your own dinner arrangements in Duluth.


Saturday and Sunday, August 29 & 30
Saturday offers luncheon and golf at a stunning 18-hole Donald Ross-designed golf course, with famously challenging greens. Northland is recognized as one of the top 5 in Minnesota and one of the top 100 Classic Golf Courses in the entire United States. The wooded, gently rolling course, with amazing views of Lake Superior, is tough and one day wouldn’t be enough, so after a banquet dinner on Saturday night we will enjoy a follow up round on Sunday morning.

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