May - New Jersey
May 19-May 25 – The Society is heading to New Jersey for a double-header! There is weekend golf May 19-21 and golf during the week May 22-25. True golf maniacs can sign up for both events. An email blast was sent to Society members on February 28. This event is 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 in West Orange – a Ross gem with thanks to Crestmont member Scott RiskinSunday,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.
Monday, May 22: Essex County CC in West Orange – a morning round at the oldest club in New Jersey – Raynor
**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 – Four delightful days of golf
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 central hotel to minimize travel thanks to Board member Pam Allen. Event and registration details, costs, and sign up 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 - CincinnatiOctober 2017 - North Carolina
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.
Just finished - March 2017 - Jacksonville
We will have an outing in North Carolina from October 18-22 which will include Sedgefield CC, Raleigh CC, and Hope Valley CC and others.
March 23-28 - The event was fanastic. 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 Meeting in Chicago The Society's annual meeting was well attended by over 50 Society members from October 4 - 7.
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 eventSpring 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 Ohio. The group enjoyed great weather and making 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, the West and East Courses at the Country Club of Birmingham (Ross), and Mountain Brook Club (Ross).
Winter Break - Palm BeachThe 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.
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