2015 Events 
 
Details are set for the Sarasota event, February 13 -16, in warm sunny Florida. 

The event will include 

> Golf at Bobby Jones GC on Friday afternoon February 13 playing the original Ross course by special arrangement, and  
> A round at a new course,  Esplanade Golf and CC, managed by a Ross Society member on Saturday, and 
> Golf on Sunday afternoon at glorious Sara Bay CC followed by a dinner, and 
> A second round at Sara Bay on Monday morning followed by lunch  

Click on this  Sarasota entry form  for more details and costs.

There are two other events planed for 2015 :   
June 2-7 we’ll travel to Detroit, Michigan to play Oakland Hills CC (both North and South), Franklin Hills CC, Barton Hills CC, and other courses that have not yet been confirmed.   
 
October 16-19 is the annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina and will include golf at Charlotte CC, Carolina GC, and one or two other Ross layouts.
Entry forms and details will be provided well in advance for the June and October events. An email blast will be sent to members when the details are known for each event.
     

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. 


Saturday was a cold wet rainy day at Southern Pines and only a few completed play at this great track. We hope anyone who visits Pinehurst would stop and play Southern Pines.   Mid Pines on Sunday was sunny and cold and all enjoyed the newly renovated course. The weather continued to improve and members played at the Dormie Club and Pine Needles on Monday and Tuesday.  It was four great courses in a row.  The Society dinner at the Mid Pines Hotel included a presentation by Society member Bill Case. His interesting new book, ‘Golf in Columbus at Wyandot Country Club’ has been published by The History Press of Charleston South Carolina. Bill authored a fine history of this Ross course that no longer exists. You can read Chapter 3 via this link. 
   
The dinner also included a viewing of excerpts from 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 letter has been emailed to the Society discussing the wonderful events and venues for 2015.
         
What is the Donald Ross Society?
 

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.

 
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