2018 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.
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 wonderful 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 New Hampshire in 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 follows golf.
August 19th - Saturday - Members had sunny skies for golf at Wentworth By The Sea CC in Rye New Hampshire. 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 began at 1:30 pm. Golf was followed by cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and club house dinner at approximately 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.
New Jersey - May 19-25
The Society went to New Jersey for a spring double-header! The event included a spectacular modern Bayonne GC and a few Raynors as well, with a trip to the USGA museum.
Friday, May 19: Bayonne Golf Club with 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- 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.
Monday, May 22: Essex County Country Club – the oldest club in New Jersey – Raynor
Tuesday, May 23: Plainfield Country Club -
Wednesday, May 24: Mountain Ridge Country Club - with thanks to Society member Jamie Schachtel
Thursday, May 25: Knickerbocker Country Club – with thanks to Society member Mike Beckerich.
Jacksonville - March 23 - 28
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.
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.
Spring Fling - Birmingham
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.
The event was sold out and obviously well attended. The schedule for April 18-21 was busy with golf at Shoal Creek Club, and then the Ross courses at Country Club of Birmingham, West and East, followed by the Mountain Brook Club.
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.
Queen City - October 2015
The annual meeting was wonderful with four superb courses under light blue Carolina skies October 15 - 18. 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 started at the Roaring Gap Club, moved west to Mimosa Hills, and then east to play Carolina GC and Charlotte CC. You can see a few fall photographs of Roaring Gap by Dunlop White via this link.
Audrey Moriarty of Tufts Archives attended the 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.
The Society had a marvelous event in Detroit in early June. The golf included Barton Hills, Inverness, Franklin Hills, and Oakland Hills CC (South and North). You can read Society member Jeff Heston's daily recollection and photographs via this link to his Detroit Diary and Board Member Steve Macquarrie's summary via " Rossing the Motor City "
Annual Meeting 2014 - Pinehurst
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.
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.