Save the Date - Winter Break - Palm Beach 2016
The upcoming October event is filling up. Send in your entry as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Fay. His contact information is listed in the CONTACT tab for this web page.
October 15-18 is the annual meeting with golf in and around the area of Charlotte, North Carolina. The event will begin with golf at the Roaring Gap Club on Thursday morning, and then travel to play Mimosa Hills CC in Morganton on Friday. Saturday includes a morning round at Carolina Golf Club and dinner at Charlotte CC. The event ends with golf at Charlotte CC on Sunday morning.
An email blast was sent to Society members on August 26 with the details, costs, and the entry form. if you have not received your email, please contact Michael Fay.
The Society will visit southern Florida again with a retreat to the warm and sunny Palm Beach area. The itinerary is :
Thursday January 14 - Palm Beach Country Club. We'll be playing one of the area's best clubs and a Ross.
Friday January 15 - North Palm Beach Country Club. While not a Ross, this Nicklaus layout is ranked #40 in the U.S. on Golfweek's Best Municipal course list and #2 for Florida Municipals.
Saturday January 16 - Another Ross course, Delray Beach Country Club.
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."
The Society has a special rate at a local Embassy Suites. Event details and costs will soon be released.
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. You can read his second article via this link " Dear Mr. Ross " Bill's first installment is via this link Ross and Tufts from the Pine Straw magazine.
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.
Detroit - June
The Society just concluded a marvelous event in Detroit in early June. The golf included Barton Hills, Inverness, Franklin Hills, and Oakland Hills CC (South and North). 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 "
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.