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.
Cincinnati - July 29 -30
The Society thanks local members Dudley Cotton and Dr. Bill Wilson. Board member Mark Rymuza organized the event.
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
Jacksonville - March 23-27May 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.
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.