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Next Event

Daytona - March 10 - 13, 2018

The next Society event is in the Daytona Florida area.  It will be warm and a nice kick off to the golf season.  Members will play two local Ross courses and have the treat to play at Hammock Dunes. The schedule is:

Saturday, March 10  - Tee times will begin at noon at New Smyrna Golf Club, one of Ross’s final designs. A dinner after golf will feature guest speaker Ron Forse, who has done restoration work on 38 of Ross’s courses.

Sunday, March 11 - Afternoon times at 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  - Morning times at 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 is at a Ross design—Daytona Beach Golf Club’s South Course. An 8 am shotgun start will help with travel plans.

Hotel - Our headquarters hotel will be the Hilton Garden Inn in Palm Coast.  It’s within ten miles of both of the Hammock Dunes courses, but further (30 and 40 miles respectively) from the Daytona and New Smyrna courses. An email blast with a few more details of hotel discount, etc. was sent November 1 to Society members. A registration form with final details and costs will be sent in late November.

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!

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 2017 - Jacksonville

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. We played one of the area's best clubs and a Ross. The greens were marvelously challenging. 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. It is ranked #40 in the U.S. on Golfweek's Best Municipal course list and #2 for Florida Municipals. And now we know why it is so well appreciated. 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.

2015 Events

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 linkGolf 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.

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