Wilmington and Ross

There is a nice article written by Lee Pace in the GlobalGolfPost via Carolinas Golf Association.  Click on this link to Wilmington Municipal Golf Course to read more about the work on the 1925 Ross municipal course.    Recommend a visit if you are in the area !

2015 Events 

There are two events remaining in 2015 :   
June 2-6   is the Society's event in Detroit with play at Barton Hills, Inverness, Franklin Hills, and Oakland Hills CC (North and South).

The Detroit event has sold out.  Those who submitted entries have been notified as to whether their entry made the field. Unfortunately, there are a few who did not make it.  Those not making the field  have been put on a short waiting list in case of cancellations and will also be given a priority status for our next event in Charlotte, October 15-18. For any questions about the Detroit event, please contact: Dave Jongleux  adj@jongleux.com   or Mark Larson  marko7@zoominternet.net .   Please click on event information  to read more about the event and suggested lodging. 

October 15-18  is the annual meeting in the area of Charlotte, North Carolina. The event will begin with golf at Roaring Gap, then travel to play Mimosa Hills in Morganton on Friday.   Saturday includes golf at Carolina Golf Club and dinner at Charlotte CC.  The event ends with golf at Charlotte CC on Sunday afternoon.  The entry form and details will be provided well in advance for the Charlotte event. An email blast will be sent to members when the details are known.

Tufts  Archives - Pinehurst - March 2015

Thanks to the generous membership, it is a pleasure to announce that the Ross Society membership forwarded another $10,000 donation to the Tufts Archives in March 2015.

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 had their day in the sun at Esplanade Golf and CC on Saturday.    Next were two consecutive days at Sara Bay and a superb dinner at the club.  The Sarasota event ended too soon given that many needed to return home to the snow, ice, and cold of the north.

2014 Annual Donald Ross Society Meeting    

The 25th anniversary meeting was held in Pinehurst from October 31 to November 4. Festivities started on Friday evening with a visit to a hidden gem that is the Tufts Archives. Archivist Audrey Moriarty was a wonderful host. 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 currently decorated with an enormous collection of pin flags from Ross courses. 

The golf included play at Southern Pines, Mid Pines, the Dormie Club and Pine Needles.  It was four great courses in a row.  Southern Pines is a wonderful Ross course that flies below the radar. 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.

What is the Donald Ross Society?

Founded in 1989 to recognize and safeguard the integrity of courses from the "Golden Era" of Golf Course Architecture, the Society's particular focus is the work by Donald J. Ross & Associates of Pinehurst, North Carolina before 1948. We believe that the golf courses designed by Ross are works-of-art that merit close care and meticulous preservation. When renovation work is needed, we believe that - wherever possible - the course should maintain its original look, shape, and playing character; and when accommodations are needed for the modern game, they should be consistent with the original design intent.

We, therefore urge clubs to seek out those architects, shapers, consultants and superintendents in the industry who endeavor to preserve these traditions, and that are comfortable with the basic strategies outlined in our Restoration Guidelines, wherein we distill the wisdom of countless restoration successes and provide a blueprint for clubs interested in recapturing their Donald Ross design integrity.

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