May  2017 - New Jersey

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.

July 29-30 - Cincinnati

A limited field event for members in good standing has been scheduled in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday/Sunday July 29 & 30th, 2017. Special thanks to Tom Smith for arranging play on these two fine courses.

Saturday the 29th will be 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 to commence at 1:30 with dinner at the club to follow golf.

Sunday the 30th will be 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 at the club before the event with tee times starting at 1:00.

Details and entry forms for this limited space event in the Queen City will be forthcoming. Board member Mark Rymuza is organizing this summer weekend.

Other 2017 Events

We will have an October 18-22 outing in North Carolina.

Just finished - 2017 

March 2017 - 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.  

2016  Events


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 Fling -  Birmingham

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. 

2015  Events  

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 linkGolf 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.

Detroit  - June 2015
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 " 
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 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.

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