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Sneak peek at 2019
There will be several other events but the Society has already firmed up two events in 2019. The first is January 20-23 with a return to Clearwater Florida to beat the cold and play at Dunedin GC on Sunday, January 20. Then in succession, golf is at the two courses at Belleair CC, and a morning shotgun start on Wednesday January 23 at a fine non-Ross course, Feather Sound CC.
Another event is confirmed for June 10-13 with a schedule for the Boston area. The first day is at Whitinsville GC on Monday June 10. Tuesday is at Brae Burn CC and Wednesday is Essex County Club. The event ends at Concord CC on Thursday June 13.
Additional details for these events were emailed to Society members on September 4. The entry form for Clearwater will soon be received by the membership while the entry form for Boston will be later in early 2019.
There will be other fine events in 2019 as well, stay tuned, but it is too early to announce those at this time.
Next Event - Fall 2018 - Annual event - Hartford Connecticut - October 8-11, 2018
The annual meeting will be held in the Hartford Connecticut area October 8-11, 2018. The golf will be played at Wampanoag CC on Monday afternoon October 8th, followed by The Hartford Golf Club, Longmeadow CC, and finally The Orchards Golf Club on Thursday morning October 11th. A SAVE THE DATE email was sent to Society members on May 12th and entry form emailed on June 27th.
The event has received many entries in a short period is now full as of July 30th.
Indianapolis August 2018
Friday, August 24th – Broadmoor County Club – Indianapolis - golf in afternoon at Broadmoor; Welcome Reception in evening
Saturday, August 25th – Broadmoor Country Club - Lunch, afternoon golf followed by dinner at Broadmoor
Sunday, August 26th – Brickyard Crossing Golf Club – Indianapolis - Early morning tee times with box lunch following play. If playing the optional round on Monday, travel to French Lick on Sunday afternoon, about a 2 hour drive south of Indianapolis. Private sunset dinner at Dye Course Mansion
Monday, August 27th – Donald Ross Course, French Lick Resort, French Lick, IN - Golf @ 10 AM
An email blast was sent on April 15th to all members. Costs and entry form was emailed on May 30th.
'The Wright Stuff' - Dayton-Columbus - June 2018
Members played the best courses in this part of Ohio. A special thanks is extended to Society members Tom Smith, Bill Case, and Mark Rymuza for all the arrangements. Everyone had a great time. The Society group played:
Monday June 18 - Moraine Country Club
Tuesday June 19 - Columbus Country Club
Wednesday June 20 - Springfield County Club
Thursday June 21 - Miami Valley Golf Club
Daytona - March 10 - 13, 2018
The Society enjoyed the golf in the Daytona Florida area. The schedule was:
Saturday, March 10 - New Smyrna Golf Club, one of Ross’s final designs. A dinner after golf featured guest speaker Ron Forse, who has done restoration work on 38 of Ross’s courses.
Sunday, March 11 - Hammock Dunes - Creek Course. This private Rees Jones gem was opened in 2003 and has hosted multiple US Open qualifiers. It will hold the 2019 Florida Open
Monday, March 12 - Hammock Dunes - Links Course. Tom Fazio designed this oceanfront layout in 1989 and it was updated last year.
Tuesday, March 13 - After two days on modern courses, the final round was at a Ross design—Daytona Beach Golf Club’s South Course.
Previously in 2017!
North Carolina - October 18-22 - Annual meeting
The annual meeting event was held in North Carolina from October 18-22. The event included Raleigh CC on Wednesday afternoon, Sedgefield CC on Thursday afternoon, Alamance CC on Friday morning, Duke University Golf Club on Saturday, and Hope Valley CC on Sunday October 22. The Society had a marvelous dinner at Sedgefield CC with Kris Spence discussing his work at this course. The event included a very strong group of Ross courses the Society had not visited before.
New Hampshire - August 18-19
The Society had a great event in New Hampshire on Friday & Saturday, August 18 & 19th, 2017. Society members Dudley Cotton and Dr. Bill Wilson arranged play at these two Ross gems.
August 18th - Friday - The Society played Manchester CC in Bedford in a rain. The course is an original Ross design opened in 1923 with ongoing restoration under the direction of Ron Forse and has served as a site for events such as the New England Amateur, NH Amateur, NH Woman’s Amateur, and the 2017 New Hampshire Open. A club lunch followed golf.
August 19th - Saturday - Members had sunny skies for golf at Wentworth By The Sea CC in Rye. The club is one of the oldest courses in the United States and opened for play in 1897. The original nine holes were constructed on links land by George Wright and redone by Donald Ross and Walter Hatch in 1921. Geoffrey Cornish added the second nine holes in 1964. There are breathtaking seaside views along Witch Creek and Little Harbor. The day began with a par three contest on two holes with original Ross greens at 11 am, followed by lunch, then tee times begin at 1:30 pm. Golf was followed by cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and club house dinner at 7 pm.
The Society thanks local members Dudley Cotton and Dr. Bill Wilson. Board member Mark Rymuza organized the event.
Cincinnati - July 29 -30
Special thanks to Tom Smith for arranging play on these two fine courses. Saturday the 29th was golf at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati. Originally a Tom Bendelow creation which opened in 1910 as a nine-hole course, Donald Ross renovated the club in 1929 to its present 18 holes. The championship course has been a US Open qualifier course for over five decades and the site of many local and regional competitions. Tee times commenced at 1:30 with a club dinner after play. Mark Rymuza organized a great event including a special arrangement with a local hotel while Cincinnati rooms were packed with a music festival in town. Spectacular blue sky, cool weather made for a wonderful weekend.
Sunday the 30th was at Hyde Park Golf & Country Club in Cincinnati. Tom Bendelow laid out the original nine holes in 1902. The club acquired additional property and in 1920 Donald Ross completely redesigned the course which has stayed true to its Ross roots while implementing occasional upgrades with the most recent done by Tim Liddy. Lunch preceded afternoon golf. Long time member and club historian Art Fischer provided a brief history of the club during lunch. Hyde Park member LV Semona also guided the group around the golf course and club house.
May 2017 - New Jersey - Double Header!
March 2017 - Jacksonville
May 19-May 25 – The Society went to New Jersey for a double-header! The event was a mix of many Ross gems, with Raynor flavoring, and a dash of a wonderful modern course. Board member Steve MacQuarrie put together a great event aided by Pam Allen and other Society members mentioned below. Weekend play started Friday, May 19 at Bayonne Golf Club thanks to Society Board member Mike Miller. Saturday was Crestmont Country Club, with thanks to Crestmont member Scott Riskin. Sunday was Watchung Valley Golf Club – a Seth Raynor. The morning was a tour of USGA museum tour in Far Hills with play at the Pynes Putting Course (inspired by the Himalayas in St. Andrews) followed by the afternoon round.
Next was four delightful days of golf beginning Monday, May 22 at Essex County CC, the oldest club in New Jersey. Tuesday was an afternoon round at Plainfield Country Club. The Society moved to Mountain Ridge Country Club with thanks to Society member Jamie Schachtel. The event ended Thursday, May 25 at Knickerbocker Country Club with thanks to Society member Mike Beckerich.
March 23-28 - The event was fantastic. The Society played San Jose Country Club on Thursday March 23, Timuquana Country Club on Friday afternoon with a club dinner, followed by Hyde Park Golf Club on Saturday, Mark Bostick Golf Club at the University of Florida on Sunday morning. Monday morning was a shotgun start at Sawgrass Country Club. We're indebted to Society members Fred Seely, Joe Pesek, and Jim Hoener. Society Board member Derek Dobbs also provided invaluable assistance in arranging this event.
A long time ago in 2016
The Society completed many fabulous events.
Chicago - October 4-7 - The Beverly Country Club on Tuesday, then Exmoor Country Club, Skokie Country Club, and Evanston Golf Club on Friday. The annual Society meeting and dinner was Wednesday evening October 5 at Exmoor Country Club.
Canton/Akron, Ohio - August 5-6 - Brookside Country Club in Canton on Friday and Congress Lake Club in nearby Hartville on Saturday
Birmingham - April 18 -21 - Shoal Creek Club on Monday with lunch, afternoon shotgun, and dinner, then on consecutive days the West and East Courses at Country Club of Birmingham, and concluded with golf at Mountain Brook Club - early morning shotgun start, followed by lunch.
Palm Beach - January 14-17 - The Society visited southern Florida again with a retreat to the Palm Beach area. The weather was very treacherous on Friday and Sunday but the Society played every day. Thursday was giolf at Palm Beach Country Club. Play was out and up to the dunes near the intercoastal waterway and back to the clubhouse near the beach. It is a nice routing on a small parcel. Friday January 15 was North Palm Beach Country Club. While not a Ross, this Nicklaus layout was a blast to play. Only a few played before and then after the tornado watch. Saturday January 16 - Another Ross course, Delray Beach Country Club. Everyone enjoyed Beth Daniel's annual clinic before starting play. She has been hosting a free clinic at the club for 24 years now and still has a silky swing to admire. The golf on the front side was fun while the back nine had much more of a Ross flavor. Sunday January 17 - Palm Beach Par 3 course, ranked #16 on Golf Digest's list of Most Fun Public Access Courses in the U.S. Maybe this course should move up in the Most Fun rankings. This was a treat to play. The finish from the 14th to the 18th was along the beach dunes line. The 14th played toward the north immediately next to the beach dune and the 18th played to the south along the same beach dune. The restaurant above the golf shop was maybe the best place to eat along the beach for miles, great food and service, with special views of the course and ocean.
The annual meeting was wonderful with four superb courses under light blue Carolina skies October 15 - 18. Click on the Annual Report for a summary of the golf by Steve MacQuarrie. You can see a few fall photographs by Dunlop White of the Roaring Gap Club via this link. Golf began in the mountains at the Roaring Gap Club on the club's last day of the season, moved west to Mimosa Hills and then east to the Queen City to play Carolina GC and Charlotte CC. Audrey Moriarty of Tufts Archives attended Saturday's dinner at Charlotte Country Club and updated the Society on continuing work at the archives. Tufts has long been the primary benefactor of these events through the DRS Foundation.