Our Annual Meeting - Providence
Ross Society Excursion to Rhode Island in May 9 – 13, 2013
It's really not an island, nor is it red despite the 17th Century Dutch description, "een rodlich Eylande" except in the Fall when its State Tree the Maple is in its glory. It is our smallest state but it boasts the largest name, "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" and it awaits the Ross Society and our celebration of our Annual Fest.
In 1636 the renegade believer, Roger Williams, was banished from Massachusetts Bay and settled on the tip of Narragansett Bay on land granted to him by local natives. He called his new home "Providence" and a "Place of Religious Freedom", his detractors would call it "Rogue Island." When Donald Ross came here nearly 300 years later, Providence again smiled upon this land, and our short visit in May of 2013 will prove how deftly he shaped small parcels into exceptional courses and how severely he still punishes the "rogue shot".
That Rhode Island golf has such an enduring appeal is largely a testament to Ross. "Around this area," says Barrington native Brad Faxon, "Donald Ross is a household name, at least in golfers' houses." Over a decade and a half, beginning with his work at Rhode Island Country Club in 1911, Ross would leave a remarkable set of fingerprints across the state.
News from Pinehurst:
Mid Pines undergoing restorative renovations . . .
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A Report on our
Boston Marathon 2011
And this is good old Boston, the home of the cods and the beans
Where Donald first came to our Country and built his impossible greens.
Dramatic weather preceded us, but the intrepid members of the Donald Ross Society were not dissuaded. We brought our rain gear and an extra supply of golf balls, and we were rewarded with frequent blue skies and superlative golf courses throughout. Not all of the participants played every single day, but some did; not all of us ate every meal or attended every cocktail opportunity, but some did; and the consensus is that the effort was worth the sore feet, stiff backs and extra calories.
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Charity Tournaments supported by the Donald Ross Society:
The Ross Connection
by Anthony Pioppi
Cohasset Golf Club today retains much of what Donald Ross left in place
when the 18-hole layout opened in 1922...
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