May 19-May 25 – The Society is heading to New Jersey for a spring double-header! For those preferring the weekend, there is May 19-21 and play during the week, there is May 22-25. And true golf maniacs, there’ll be the opportunity to sign up for both of these events. An email blast was sent to Society members on February 28.
Friday, May 19: Bayonne Golf Club for an afternoon round of with thanks to Society Board member Mike Miller.
Saturday, May 20: Crestmont Country Club in West Orange – a Ross gem with thanks to Crestmont member Scott Riskin
Sunday,May 21: Watchung Valley Golf Club – a Seth Raynor- Morning is a tour of USGA museum tour in Far Hills with play the Pynes Putting Course (inspired by the Himalayas in St. Andrews) followed by an afternoon round.
**Bayonne is walking only and limited to 20 players, all other venues have larger fields and carts. If you are unable to play at Bayonne, you won’t lose any priority during sign ups.
Weekday Event – Monday May 22 – Thursday May 25 - Four delightful days of golf at courses on highly considered courses -
Monday, May 22: Essex County Country Club in West Orange – a morning round at the oldest club in New Jersey – Raynor
Tuesday, May 23: Plainfield Country Club – afternoon round
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
Group rates have been negotiated for a centrally located hotel to the courses keeping travel to a minimum. Registration details - Forms will be sent by email blast by mid-March. Due to the limited fields at the clubs, each event will be limited to Society members whose 2017 dues are paid. You will have the ability to choose which event(s) works best for you without having to sign up for both sections. As usual, those signing up for a full section will have priority over those signing up for individual days.
March 23-28 - The event is almost upon us. The Society will play San Jose Country Club on Thursday afternoon 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 in Sunday morning shotgun. Monday morning golf is a shotgun start at Sawgrass Country Club. A SAVE THE DATE email blast was sent on December 11. Registration forms with all details, including costs and a headquarters hotel, was emailed on January 2. We're indebted to Society Board member Derek Dobbs, and to Society members Joe Pesek, Jim Hoener, and Fred Seely for their invaluable assistance in arranging this event. The available times for San Jose CC on Thursday have been filled and a wait list has started in case of cancellations. The other four days of golf are marvelous and entries are still being accepted.
We will have an October 18-22 outing in North Carolina.
Spring Fling - Birmingham
Winter Break - Palm Beach 2016
The Society visited southern Florida again with a retreat to the Palm Beach area from January 14-17. The weather was very treacherous on Friday and Sunday but the Society played every day. The itinerary was Palm Beach Country Club (Ross), North Palm Beach Country Club, Delray Beach Country Club (Ross) and the Palm Beach Par 3 course.
Annual Meeting 2014 - Pinehurst
The 25th annual meeting was held in Pinehurst from October 31st to Tuesday November 4. Festivities started on Friday evening by wandering 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.