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DONALD ROSS CLUB NEWS
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Happy Birthday Donald Ross
It’s Donald Ross’ birthday today, born November 23, 1872!
The Donald Ross Society was founded in 1989 to promote the recognition of Donald Ross, the excellence of his golf architecture and the preservation or restoration of his courses.
In a reversal of roles, he has left us 350+ presents in the form of courses just awaiting our discovery when we all get back to traveling again. Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.
The Donald Ross Society collaborated with board member Vaughn Halyard’s StoryLounge Films and The Society of Golf Historians to explore the history of the Hyannisport Club.
The podcast and companion short film will explore the Donald Ross gem from both historical and architectural perspectives.
Produced by Vaughn and Connor Lewis, the project features conversations between Connor, the Hyannisport Restoration Architect Ron Forse, the author of the Hyannisport Club History Dr. William Healy, and Course Superintendent Tom Colombo, who was also a collaborator on the club's history book.
From Alex Findlay and Donald Ross to the Kennedy family, it will be a fascinating journey across multiple eras of the storied club; incorporating great golf, golf architecture, and American history.
Recorded and filmed across multiple technologies and time zones in mid October, the full piece is scheduled for release Late October/Early November.
Please see a preview of the video below.
View Preview Video Here
Hyannisport Club Website
On September 27, 2020, Schuylkill Country Club in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania began its centennial celebration by turning back the clock. The membership along with Donald Ross Society members Brad Becken, Phil Simmons and Chris Grupp played the original nine holes, using hickory clubs for the original fourth hole (currently the seventh hole).
SCC’s first nine holes were designed by Willie Park Jr.. In 1921, SCC welcomed its first golfers on the Park nine. In 1945, the legend of golf architecture, Donald Ross, took the existing Park design and crafted an eighteen hole masterpiece in the foothills of the Appalachians. Ross’s patented style is evident at SCC still in 2020, as the greens remind the player that no putt is a gimmie.
In advance of the celebration, SCC created special bag tags and updated their logo as seen in the photo below.
We congratulate the members and staff of Schuylkill Country Club on one hundred years of operation and commend them for their exemplary efforts in maintaining their Donald Ross legacy.
Schuylkill CC History and Website
See the Newspaper Article Here
DRS Member and Historian Michael Jamieson wrote a piece on Peninsula Golf and Country Club for Winter 2020 NCGA (Northern California Golf Association) Magazine.
See Article Here
Teugega is hosting their 2019 Donald Ross Invitational September 6-7th, 2019.
All are welcome to sign up.
Teugega Country Club
The Donald Ross Invitational 2019
Event: 36 Hole Two Person Better Ball
When: Friday Sept. 6th & Saturday Sept. 7th
1stRounds - Friday afternoon 1:00 Shotgun
2ndRound - Saturday morning tee times
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Club Affiliation: ____________________ Club Affiliation: __________________
Entry Fee: $400.00 per Team
Contact: Steve Campanaro, email: email@example.com
Teugega Country Club, 6801 Golf Course Rd. Rome, NY 13440
Download Entry Form Here - Donald Ross Invitational
Donald Ross Society Featured Club
U.S. Jr. Amateur event link
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CINCINNATI, OHIO, JUNE 18, 2019- During the Spring of 1919, the Board of the Hamilton County CC accepted the recommendation of member Tom Otterbein and hired Donald Ross of Pinehurst NC to redesign their course in suburban Cincinnati, OH. 1919 was a busy year for Mr. Ross as he prepared Inverness for the 1920 Open and on the rail line between Toledo and Cincinnati he worked on three other projects (Dayton CC, Miami Valley CC and Mohawk GC in Tiffin OH). The Hamilton County CC had originally started as the golfing part of Avondale Athletic Club in 1897, moving its operation to Bond Hill and occupying Tom Bendelow’s new 6,000-yard course in 1910.
Ross’s complete 1919 redesign and re-routing also started operation with a name change to Maketewah CC – the Shawnee name for the local Mill Creek that was Cincinnati’s main commercial artery to the north in the 1700’s. Ross also returned in 1929 to redesign two new holes and completed the routing that is in place today.
Since that time, Maketewah CC has been a key part of Cincinnati’s golf history. It has been one of the USGA’s longest tenured US Open Qualifying sites, first operated in 1931 and now continuously running since 1976 except for one year. Site Qualifiers include amateur Jack Nicklaus in 1958 and numerous PGA Touring Professionals. The club has also hosted the first Ohio Open (in 1917) as well as two other Ohio Opens and two Ohio Amateurs.
It was also the home course for amateurs such as Maurice McCarthy, Marion Miley and Tony Blom. And it has been the course used most for the city’s amateur championship (the Met) – fifteen times – while having the most individual members to have won the championship (ten). These include 2017 winner Alex Rodger and 2018 winner, Palmer Cup player, and two-time US Open player Will Grimmer.
The course is unique as the only Ross course with Holes #9 and #18 as par 3’s. Known for its challenging greens, Ross characteristics that feature risks and rewards and the requirement to use all of the clubs in the bag, its layout of less than 7,000 yards typically will defend Par of 71, even during the Open Qualifiers.
The club also shares practice facilities with Xavier University that include a new indoor facility that includes a 5,000-foot putting green, four hitting bays and an indoor video room. It has been voted one of the nation’s fifty best practice facilities by Golf Range Association of America.
Maketewah Country Club is ranked among Ohio’s finest courses and is honored to celebrate 100 years as a masterful Donald Ross design.
If you would like more information, please contact: Gerry Lanham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maketewah CC Home Page
Ravisloe Country Club and Calumet Country Club are hosting a new amateur event on June 22-23, 2019. All are welcome.
Press Release April 26, 2019
MOHAWK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Mohawk Golf and Country Club, located at 4399 South State Route 231 Tiffin, OH, is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Saturday, May 11th. A tournament will be held starting at 11 AM, followed by a dinner for members and their guests at 5 PM. Historical exhibits will be on display and a brief summary of the history will be presented at the dinner.
Mohawk Golf Club was incorporated at the Shawhan Hotel in Tiffin on May 10th, 1919. After visits to the site, Donald J. Ross, golf architect, designed the nine hole course. The course was opened for play in 1921 with the clubhouse located across from the ninth green.
An additional nine by architect Fred Garbin, as well as a new clubhouse and swimming pool, were completed for opening in April, 1970. The club name was changed from Mohawk Golf Club to Mohawk Golf & Country Club in 2004. In 2013 the club hired golf course architect Brian Huntley for a restoration plan that included bringing the course back toward the style of Donald Ross.
For additional information contact:
Dr. Roy Zinn at email@example.com, 419-937-6501 or Golf Professional Nick Dendinger at firstname.lastname@example.org, 419-447-5951.
Mohawk G&CC website
PGA Tour Plays Another Ross!
The PGA Tour will be playing the Rocket Mortgage Classic on June 27-30, 2019 at the Detroit Golf Club. The Club has two 18 hole courses, the North and the South, designed by Donald Ross in 1914. The Ross connection to the Detroit Golf Club is especially strong considering that Alec Ross, the brother of Donald Ross, was the club professional there for 31 years prior to his retirement in 1945.
Link to Detroit Golf Club
Link to Tournament Website
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