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.
Annual Meeting - October 18-22, 2017 - North Carolina
The annual meeting event was held in North Carolina from October 18-22. The event included Raleigh CC on Wednesday afternoon October 18 (1 pm shotgun), Sedgefield CC on Thursday afternoon, Alamance CC on Friday, Duke University Golf Club on Saturday afternoon, and Hope Valley Country Club on Sunday afternoon, October 22. The event had a very strong group of Ross courses the Society had not visited before. Saturday's play was at the well respected home course for Duke University designed by R.T. Jones.
The Society had a wonderful dinner at Sedgefield CC with Kris Spence discussing his work at this course.
August 18-19 - New Hampshire
The Society had a wonderful event in New Hampshire on Friday & Saturday, August 18 & 19th, 2017. Society members Dudley Cotton and Dr. Bill Wilson arranged play at these two Ross gems.
August 18th - Friday - The Society played at Manchester CC in Bedford 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 followed golf.
August 19th - Saturday - Sunny skies prevailed for the visit to 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 began 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, hors d’oeuvres, and club house dinner at 7 pm.
The Society thanks local members Dudley Cotton and Dr. Bill Wilson. Board member Mark Rymuza organized the event.
July 29-30 - Cincinnati
Special thanks to Tom Smith for arranging play on these two fine courses.
Saturday the 29th was 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. A club dinner followed afternoon golf.
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. A club lunch preceded the afternoon golf with a discussion of club history by long time member Art Fischer.
May 2017 - New Jersey
March 2017 - JacksonvilleMay 19 - 25 - There was weekend golf May 19-21 and golf during the week May 22-25. 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 in West Orange – a Ross gem with thanks to Crestmont member Scott Riskin. Sunday,May 21: Watchung Valley Golf Club – a Seth Raynor- The morning was 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 weekday event is four delightful days of golf. Monday, May 22: Essex County CC 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.
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