On June 2-6 the Society will travel to Detroit to play Barton Hills, Inverness, Franklin Hills, and Oakland Hills CC (both North and South). There are plans for a club dinner at Franklin Hills and Oakland Hills. The event will be limited to only fifty Society members.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.
2014 Annual Donald Ross Society Meeting
The last event was the 25th anniversary meeting held in Pinehurst from October 31 to November 4. Festivities started on Friday evening by wandering through Bob Hansen's Old Village Golf Shop. After perusing the wonderful memorabilia and art, the Society walked just down the street 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. It was easy to reminisce about past rounds and talk about where you dream to play.
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.