Ross and the Tufts in Pinehurst
Society member Bill Case has undertaken a study of Ross correspondence in the Tufts Archives and his first installment is about the relationship between Donald Ross and the Tufts. His article has been published in the Pine Straw, a local magazine in Southern Pines. While Ross was indeed very active traveling the country and planning new courses, Ross was also the Tufts' right hand man in every aspect of managing a golf resort, which even included fixing "no parking" signs. You can read his interesting first installment via this link to Ross and Tufts from the Pine Straw magazine. Our thanks go to Bill.
Wilmington and Ross
Click on this link to Wilmington Municipal Golf Course to read more about the work on the 1925 Ross municipal course. Recommend a visit and bring your sticks if you are in the area ! This is a nice article written by Lee Pace in the GlobalGolfPost via Carolinas Golf Association.
October 15-18 is the annual meeting in the area of Charlotte, North Carolina. The event will begin with golf at Roaring Gap on Thursday, and 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.Detroit - JuneThe Society just concluded a marvelous event in Detroit in early June. The golf included play at Barton Hills, Inverness, Franklin Hills, and Oakland Hills CC (South and North). Those who entered the Detroit event, but did not make the field, have a priority status for the event in Charlotte.
2014 Annual Donald Ross Society Meeting
The 25th anniversary meeting was held in Pinehurst from October 31 to November 4, 2015. A summary of the event can be found under the EVENTS tab at this home page and then selecting EVENTS RECAP. The annual dinner included a viewing of excerpts of 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.
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.