The Ross Society's next event is being finalized for the Jacksonville Florida area from March 24-26, 2017 playing Friday March 24 at Timuquana Country Club, Saturday at Mark Bostick Golf Course (University of Florida) and Sunday at Hyde Park Golf Club in Jacksonville. Details for the event are being finalized. Details and costs will be announced well in advance. Additional opportunity for golf might also be included. Stay tuned.
Annual event - October 4-7 - Chicago
The Society's annual meeting was well attended by over 50 Society members. The event included play at four of the wonderful courses created by or remodeled by Ross in the Chicago area. The golf began at The Beverly Country Club on Tuesday October 4, then Exmoor Country Club, Skokie Country Club, and Evanston Golf Club on Friday. Society members enjoyed the event organized and well planned by fellow members Pam Allen and Dave Jongleux with the support of the fine staff at each club.The annual dinner was a special coat and tie affair at Exmoor on Wednesday evening which included an interesting presentation of the course history by Exmoor member Don Holton.
The Society concluded a fabulous event in Canton Ohio area. Members played Brookside Country Club in Canton on Friday August 5 and Congress Lake Club in nearby Hartville on Saturday. This was a special treat to play some of the best Ross in the midwest. The group enjoyed great weather and finding new friends.
Spring - Birmingham
An event was held in Birmingham, Alabama from April 18th to 21st. The schedule was wonderful.
April 18 - The Society played the Shoal Creek Club on Monday with a lunch, followed by golf and a fine dinner.
April 19 & 20 - Members had a wonderful time at the West and East Courses, Country Club of Birmingham (Ross).
April 21 - The last day was a shotgun start at Mountain Brook Club (Ross) followed by a club lunch.
Winter Break - Palm Beach 2016
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. The golf included :
Thursday January 14 - 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 - 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.