Sneak peek at 2019 events
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 was emailed to Society members on October 26, 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.
Annual Meeting - Hartford Connecticut - October 8-11, 2018
The annual meeting was held in the Hartford Connecticut area October 8-11, 2018. Approximately 50 members 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.
Indianapolis August 24-27, 2018
The event was fantastic and enjoyed by over 20 members.
Friday, August 24th – Broadmoor County Club – Indianapolis - optional afternoon golf. 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. Private sunset dinner at Dye Course Mansion
Monday, August 27th – Donald Ross Course, French Lick Resort, French Lick (optional)
'The Wright Stuff' - Dayton-Columbus - June 18 -21, 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
Members played two local Ross courses and had the treat to play at Hammock Dunes. Ron Forse made a wonderful presentation as well. The schedule was:
Saturday, March 10 - New Smyrna Golf Club, one of Ross’s final designs.
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 which 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.
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 an event in New Hampshire on Friday & Saturday, August 18 & 19th, 2017. Society members Dudley Cotton and Dr. Bill Wilson have arranged play at two Ross gems.
August 18th - Friday - The Society played Manchester CC in Bedford n a bit of 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 begins 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 (drink tickets for two), hors d’oeuvres, and club house dinner at approximately 7:00 p.m.
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.
New Jersey - Double Header - May 19-25
May 19-May 25 – New Jersey - The event included weekend golf May 19-21 and golf during the week May 22-25. True golf maniacs can sign up for both events. This 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 Society members mentioned below. Friday, May 19: Bayonne Golf Club for an afternoon round - thanks to Society Board member Mike Miller. Saturday, May 20: Crestmont Country Club – with thanks to Crestmont member Scott Riskin. Sunday,May 21: Watchung Valley Golf Club – a Seth Raynor- The morning is 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. The weekdays included four delightful days of golf. Monday, May 22: Essex County CC – a morning round at the oldest club in New Jersey – Raynor. Tuesday: Plainfield Country Club – afternoon round at a fabulous course with a club dinner. Wednesday, May 24: Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell - with thanks to Society member Jamie Schachtel. Thursday, May 25: Knickerbocker Country Club – with thanks to Society member Mike Beckerich.
Jacksonville - March 23-27
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.
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.
Ohio - August 5 and 6
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.
Carolinas - October 15-18 was the Society's annual meeting.
Members played four superb courses under light blue Carolina skies.
Click on 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.
In other news from the meeting, John Butler is the Society's new president and Steve MacQuarrie is now the vice president.
Detroit - June 2-6 was the Society's event in Detroit with play at Barton Hills, Inverness, Franklin Hills, and Oakland Hills CC (North and South). You can read Society member Jeff Heston's daily recollection via this link to his Detroit Diary and you can also read Board Member Steve Macquarrie's summary via " Rossing the Motor City "
The 18th green of the South Course at Oakland Hills
Sarasota report - February 2015
Society members had a wonderful event in Sarasota with only one chilly day. Friday's treat was playing golf with the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club and the Florida Hickory Golfers. Ross Society member Shawn Pierson put together a wonderful day at the Bobby Jones Golf Club. Members played Esplanade Golf and CC on Saturday. The next two days were at Sara Bay with a superb dinner. The event ended too soon given many returned home to the snow and cold.
Annual Meeting 2014 - Pinehurst
The 25th annual meeting was held in Pinehurst from October 31st to Tuesday November 4. Festivities started on Friday evening bywandering through Bob Hansen's Old Village Golf Shop. After perusing the wonderful memorabilia and art, the Society walked just down the street to a hidden gem that is the Tufts Archives. Archivist Audrey Moriarty was a wonderful host and everyone had a great dinner while talking about golf and making new friends. Audrey thanked Society members for their financial support, and later explained how the Ross records have been digitally archived to modern standards. The walls of the archives room are also currently decorated with an enormous collection of pin flags from Ross courses. It was very easy to reminisce about past rounds and talk about where you dream to play.
Saturday was a cold wet rainy day at Southern Pines and only a few completed play at this great track. We hope anyone who visits Pinehurst would stop and play Southern Pines. Mid Pines on Sunday was sunny and cold and all enjoyed the newly renovated course. The weather continued to improve and members played at the Dormie Club and Pine Needles on Monday and Tuesday. It was four great courses in a row. The Society dinner at the Mid Pines Hotel included a presentation by Society member Bill Case. His interesting new book, ‘Golf in Columbus at Wyandot Country Club’ has been published by The History Press of Charleston South Carolina. Bill authored a fine history of this Ross course that no longer exists. You can read Chapter 3 via this link.
The dinner also included a viewing of excerpts from the new Ross documentary film produced by Cob Carlson. Click on the title "Donald Ross: Discovering the Legend." to reach the film's web site. You can read more about the documentary, view movie trailers, and find details for ordering a DVD. The film's DVD was the tee gift for the Pinehurst event.