SAVE THE DATE - Spring Fling 2016 - Birmingham
The Birmingham event is filling up very quickly. Set in your entry ASAP.Cost and details were forwarded by an email blast to Society members on January 31.
The event is next up on the fixture list for the Society membership. Briefly, the schedule is :Winter Break - Palm Beach 2016
April 18 - Monday - Shoal Creek Club - lunch, afternoon shotgun, dinner
April 19 & 20 - West and East Courses, Country Club of Birmingham - early tee times, lunch, dinner on April 19
April 21 - Mountain Brook Club - early shotgun, lunch
The Society visited southern Florida again with a retreat to the Palm Beach area. The weather was very treacherous on Friday and Sunday but the Society played every day. The itinerary was :
A Remarkable Quest
Thursday January 14 - Palm Beach Country Club. We played one of the area's best clubs and a Ross. The greens were marvelously challenging. Play was out and up to the dunes near the intercoastal waterway and back to the clubhouse near the beach. It is a nice routing on a small parcel.
Friday January 15 - North Palm Beach Country Club. While not a Ross, this Nicklaus layout was a blast to play. Only a few played before and then after the tornado watch. It is ranked #40 in the U.S. on Golfweek's Best Municipal course list and #2 for Florida Municipals. And now we know why it is so well appreciated.
Saturday January 16 - Another Ross course, Delray Beach Country Club. Everyone enjoyed Beth Daniel's annual clinic before starting play. She has been hosting a free clinic at the club for 24 years now and still has a silky swing to admire. The golf on the front side was fun while the back nine had much more of a Ross flavor.
Sunday January 17 - Palm Beach Par 3 course, ranked #16 on Golf Digest's list of Most Fun Public Access Courses in the U.S. Maybe this course should move up in the Most Fun rankings. This was a treat to play. The finish from the 14th to the 18th was along the beach dunes line. The 14th played toward the north immediately next to the beach dune and the 18th played to the south along the same beach dune. The restaurant above the golf shop was maybe the best public place to eat along the beach for miles, great food and service, with special views of the course and ocean.
Ross Society member Brad Becken is on a journey to play every Ross course. Read Steve MacQuarrie's article and interview via this link to Brad's quest.
The annual meeting was wonderful with four superb courses under light blue Carolina skies October 15 - 18. Click on the 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, John Butler is the Society's new president and Steve MacQuarrie is now the vice president.
Other notes of interest :
Ross and the Tufts in Pinehurst
Society member Bill Case has completed a second article about the relationship of Donald Ross to the Tufts. As the first, this draws upon the correspondence between the men and observations on the transition from Leonard to Richard Tufts assuming leadership at Pinehurst. This second article was also published in the Pine Straw, a local magazine in Southern Pines. Bill's second article is " Dear Mr. Ross " Bill's first installment is via this link Ross and Tufts from the Pine Straw magazine.
Wilmington and Ross
Click on Wilmington Municipal Golf Course to read more about 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.
Detroit - June 2016
The Society had a wonderful event in Detroit. The golf included Barton Hills, Inverness, Franklin Hills, and Oakland Hills CC (South and North). Mark Larson and Dave Jongleux did a superb job of organizing the event. You can read Society member Jeff Heston's daily recollection and photographs via this link to his Detroit Diary and Board Member Steve Macquarrie's summary via " Rossing the Motor City "
The 2014 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. A special thanks is extended to Mr. Carlson for this wonderful work.
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.