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 Board of Governors Meeting
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Monday, Oct 17, 2016
 Board of Governors Meeting
Monday, Nov 21, 2016
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 2016 Dorset Field Club financial discussion 

Please forward any comments or questions to Patrick McGuire, General Manager or Rocco Maggiotto, Club Treasurer. 

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 About Us Overview 
 Active 50+ Years of Membership 

Members with 50+ years of membership at the Dorset Field Club were honored at the Autumn Cocktail Party.

Honorees: Sig Buchmayr, June Davis,
Hanse Halligan, Carol Jaffe, Jeanne Little,
Arianna Lynch, Jean Miller, William Miller,
Mike Powers, Barbara Reed,
Herman & Catherine Ruegger, Judy Taylor and Bubsy Tuttle.

Bubsy Tuttle

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 At 128 years of age, 

the Dorset Field Club is almost as durable as the
mountains that surround it.


Its golf course has been in continuous play longer than any
other in the United States, a distinction noted on a roadside historical marker not
far from the 9th green. Photographs of players on the Dorsetlinks, taken in 1890, are on
display at the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History in Far Hills, New Jersey.

The course was nine holes then. It is a full and challenging 18 holes now.
Membership in those early days consisted of slightly more than a dozen avid golfers,
most of them residents of nearby Troy, New York.
Then, as now, Dorset was a place with many “summer people”.

While the club has grown in membership and expanded in size and amenities, its character
remains essentially unchanged. It is a place where its 400 members enjoy leisure
activities in a Vermont spirit of conviviality and openness. The membership is made up
of both seasonal and year-round residents.

In the Spring, the Field Club comes to life with activity resuming on the golf course and the seven tennis courts as well as in the pro-shop, the dining room, the grill room and the bar. During the busy summer season, the golf and tennis professionals conduct clinics, schools, private and group lessons. Members compete in tournaments, hat draw events and nine & dine evenings. There is also a bridge group that meets on alternate weeks. The summer peaks with the July 4th family picnic. In the Fall, Vermont’s signature season, the club holds the annual Flaming Maple tournament, a tradition going back over 40 years. In late fall, the club officially closes for the year while a spirited group of club members gears up for a winter of paddle tennis on the club’s 3 heated paddle courts with its adjacent warming hut. The Dorset Field Club is a welcoming destination for its members in all months of the year! 


The Dorset Field Club is a private, member owned non-profit organization, administered by a group of managers who are overseen by a 12 member Board of Governors elected by the membership.

The Dorset Field Club offers four levels of membership, All Privilege, Racquets, Social and Junior each with its own initiation fee and dues structure. Information about each category, and the process for applying for membership, is available by request from the Membership Services office.


 Dorset Field Club 
 Dorset Field Club 
Dorset Field Club
132 Church Street
P.O. Box 368
Dorset, VT  05251

Map & Directions

Administration Office
(802) 867-4002
Fax: (802) 867-9953

(802) 867-5553

Golf Pro Shop
(802) 867-5766

Greens Maintenance Building
(802) 867-5906

Member Services
(802) 867-2224  

Tennis Pro Shop
Phone: (802) 867-2233



 Dorset Field Club 
Exceptional sporting and social experiences since 1886
 Drinking Water Systems 

Last year, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, Drinking Water & Groundwater Protection Division determined that the water supply systems for the comfort stations on holes 3/7 and 13 should be designated as Transient Non-Community Water Systems.  As such, water samples from each had to be screened for nitrate, nitrite, chloride, iron, manganese, odor, pH, sodium, arsenic, uranium and total coliform.  Tests were also performed for the presence of certain pesticides and their metabolites.  The results from the tests proved each sample exceeding Federal and State water quality guidelines, that is they are very safe to drink.

Following the initial tests, a monitoring program must be put in place during the months of operation (April-October) with water samples tested for total coliform and E. coli.  With the start-up date of April 22, 2016, the April sample was missed and has resulted in a State Tier 3 violation which must be reported to those using the system.

The samples taken on May 10, 2016, proved total coliform and E. coli to be absent from both water systems at the comfort stations.  The samples taken on June 7, 2016 were tested with the results also showing total coliform and E. coli to be absent.  Testing will continue each month that the water systems are in use.

David J. Berard, CGCS  802 867-5906          

 Golf Overview 

The golf program at the Dorset Field Club has PGA golf professionals that will custom design a program that best suits your needs. There are many events throughout the season from weekly golf clinics that cover all aspects of the game, for men & women. Whether you are a beginner or a highly skilled player, we are dedicated to providing you with an unparalleled golf experience each time you step onto the golf course

Juniors may participate in golf clinics and golf schools designed for them throughout the summer.

The golf course is consistently maintained in the highest quality condition by our professional grounds crew.

 Golf Rules & Regulations 
 Guest Information 
 History of the Dorset Field Club 

Any telling of the history of the Dorset Field Club requires a brief review of Vermont and Dorset history since they are inextricably linked.

 History Overview 
 House Hours 
 Membership Overview 
 New Foot Bridge 

 Paddle Tennis Overview 
 Racquet Sports Rules & Regulations 
 Racquets Overview 

The Dorset Field Club boasts 7 Red Clay Tennis Courts offering both a variety of Adult and Children's Tennis programs. There are weekly Tennis Clinics for Men & Women. If you would like to improve your game through private instruction the Director of Tennis is available.

There are Junior Tennis programs that include instruction designed specifically for individual levels of play. Whatever your age, whatever your game, there’s a clinic, tournament, lesson, or event for you every day at the Dorset Field Club. The Pro Shop can keep you outfitted with the best equipment for your game


Platform (Paddle) Tennis

Paddle continues to increase in popularity and Dorset Field Club boasts 3 lighted paddle courts and a warming hut. With its popularity growing the club has added clinics and private lessons to the already active casual play, tournaments and our annual New Years Eve Paddle Celebration. Platform Tennis begins in the fall and continues through April with tournaments and clinics scheduled throughout the winter months.


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 Tennis Overview 

Tennis players of all levels enjoy the atmosphere and depth of the Dorset Field Club tennis program. Members enjoy seven clay courts, a pro shop, and an enthusiastic Director of Tennis, Steve Dahm. Steve is an excellent teacher for students of all ages and levels! Tournaments and clinics are well attended and open play is always welcome.

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 Family All-Privilege 
 Golf Highlights 

Hickory Shaft Event – Saturday, July 2nd, we are going to have a tournament that will be very fun, and help us celebrate our 130th Anniversary here at the Club.  It will be a Hickory Shaft Tournament.  Everybody will play the CURRENT front 9 with Hickory Shafted clubs, and the back 9 with their own clubs.  We will have appropriate period looking golf balls (with modern comforts), and a putting contest after golf with all Hickory Shafted putters – it should be a great way to start of Independence Day weekend!  You can make your own foursome with friends, family, all male, all female, or any combination.  If you are playing as a single, we will be happy to pair you as well.  Please register on the Club website or call the shop at 802-867-5766

Betty Lee Tournament – On July 7th, the Betty Lee tournament will take place.  It is the two person Member/Member event for Women, and goes off in an 8:30 am shotgun.  Members are welcome to request pairings with other teams, and if you are looking for a partner, we would be happy to help you with that as well.  We hope to see you for this fun and competitive event!

Men’s Member/Member Tournament – On July 9th and 10th, the annual Men’s Member/Member will take place.  This is a two person team event, and goes off in 8:30 shotguns each day.  We will pair by like handicaps on day one, and will pair by results from day one on day two.  If we can help you find a partner, please don’t hesitate to reach out and we will try to get you paired up!

Mixed Invitational – You may have seen some postings around the Club about a new event we are hosting this season – The Mixed Invitational.  This will be a one day event where a team of one male member and one female member will bring a male guest and a female guest to make a foursome.  We are going to have a very simple format, and cocktails, appetizers, and dinner will follow golf.  This should be a great opportunity to showcase the Club in a fun and stress free day.  Mark your calendar for July 16, and get your reservation in soon, you may do so online through the Club website, or by calling the shop at 802-867-5766.

Learning Opportunities – I am very happy to have Dustin Olehowski, Susan Bond, and Mark Peters on our team.  All are passionate about the game and take your learning very seriously.  We offer many schools, clinics, lessons, and other opportunities for improving your game.  Please check back often to the golf page of the Club website to see if you can take advantage of any of these, and stay tuned as we will continue to update our offerings throughout the season.

Online Store – Some of you may have noticed that on our Club website, we now have links to an online store.  If there are items that you haven’t found in the shop, please let us know, but this is also a good place to have a look for them.  It’s a great place to pick out gifts, and you have control of everything – which logo, where it goes, colors, sizes, etc.  I hope you’ll take a look and maybe find something that you can’t live without!  I think that this is a great place to pick merchandise that features our 130th Anniversary logo, so please keep that in mind as well.

Click Here For Junior Golf & Tennis Pamphlet – At this point, many children have finished their school year, and are no doubt excited to start their well-deserved summer break.  To aid with planning, we have done a pamphlet that outlines the major points we’d like you to know for golf, tennis, and house activities.  We will have copies available in the shop in the coming days.

Saturday Sweeps Drop-In Times – On Saturday mornings throughout the season, we will have 2 tee times (and may add more depending on the popularity) set aside for drop-in times for the Sweeps game.  This will be intended for players who are just singles or maybe 2 people and are looking for a game.  There is no need to register for these times, you can just show up by 20 minutes before the time, and we will work you in.  The times will generally be 9:00 and 9:10 am, though this week, they are at 9:40 and 9:50 am.  THESE TIMES ARE OPEN TO MEN AND WOMEN, and I Hope we see you to join them.

Etiquette – As you may have noticed, the fescue grass is starting to grow in around the course.  It is very challenging, and makes for a beautiful presentation.  In order to keep this grass looking and playing its best, we ask that you please refrain from driving your cart through it.  We would also ask that you try to keep your push carts and Joeys out of it as much as possible.  On a playing the course note, I would finally recommend that you keep your golf ball out of it – I have found this to be great for your score!

Driving Range Closings – We are fortunate to have outstanding practice facilities here at Dorset Field Club.  To maintain them, we need to close for a couple of windows during the week.  We have tried to pick times that will be as minimally invasive as possible and allow you the most practice time we can.  Please remember that the range will be closed after 5:00 pm on Sundays, and will reopen at 10:00 am on Monday.  The range will also be closed from 12:30 to 2:30 pm on Thursdays.  This maintenance time will allow for the range to be at its best all week.  Thank you for your understanding.

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 Tennis In The Mountains 

This view of the clubhouse and tennis courts is from the year 1896. The game is busier these days but the scenery has barely changed.

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We will be opening up the west side grass parking Thursday of this week in anticipation of a busy July 4th weekend, and subsequent bustling summer here at the Field Club. In an effort to keep our entry looking as fresh as possible, please utilize the asphalt parking or lower campus parking by the driving range before the grass. Thanks for your help in preserving a great first impression.


Due to the July 4th celebration the croquet court will not be available Friday through Sunday. Rest assured Dave Berard and his staff will have any minor traffic damage from the celebration repaired and open for play by Monday. Thank you for your cooperation. While we are on the subject of croquet, a special thank you to member Dick McDonough for his donation of a croquet print displayed over the trophy case in the formal dining room.


First Thursday dinner service scheduled for Thursday, June 30th. Come out and play in the 9-hole Twilight event with the Pro staff and enjoy cocktails and dinner afterwards.


Check out the sandwich board in the Clubhouse lobby updated daily with lunch specials.  The word on the street is that a group of regulars enjoyed the meatloaf sandwich on rye finished in the panini press with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions & cranberry mayo. Please don’t hesitate to request items not found on the menu. If we have the ingredients we would be happy to customize your order.


This Friday beginning at 6:00 pm come out and listen to Dorset Field Club’s own mystery staff member tickling the ivories. Who knew one of our own had this much talent. Also offered will be an assortment of dishes at the new Friday Evening Signature Station in Woodruff Hall. This Friday evening Signature Station and Innovative Carving will consist of the following menu. Call 867-5553 for reservations.



Please be aware of your fellow members when enjoying a cigar purchased at the bar. Help keep the golf course clean in disposing of the butts in the appropriate containers on the golf course.


Don’t forget about the Barrow’s House pool. With the warm weather and families visiting for the summer season, what a great way to cool off after a busy day at the Club.


First Thursday dinner service scheduled for Thursday, June 30th. Come out and play in the 9-hole Twilight event with the Pro staff and enjoy cocktails and dinner afterwards.


New to the calendar this year, enjoy a Day at the Races in Saratoga.


If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy lunch at the Club this year, don’t wait! The culinary team offers creative specials daily found on the marquis in the Clubhouse lobby. They include but are not limited to Chesapeake soft shell crab Po-Boy, Smoked Duck & Grilled Veggie Salad, Pastrami Reuben, Salmon Cakes, Linguine w. Clams & Chorizo and Baja Fish Tacos. Please don’t hesitate to request items not found on the menu. If we have the ingredients we would be happy to customize your order.


Last but certainly not least, from our made fresh daily Alfredo & Marinara sauces to our local 28-day aged Angus beef, come out and enjoy an assortment of dishes at the new Friday Evening Signature Station in Woodruff Hall. This Friday evening Signature Station.Call 867-5553 for reservations. 

 Original 6th tee 

Ransom Gillette, one of the founders of the Dorset Field Club, admires his handiwork from the original 6th tee. It is still a fine view, in the 125th year of the club’s history.

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 Tipping Policy 
 1st Golf Club 

Left: Joe & Margaret Harrington, George Harrison, who brought the first club to Dorset.
Right: Elizabeth Prentiss Whittimore standing by the tennis court.

 Electronic Device Policy 
 Family Racquets 
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Independence Day Mixed Doubles Tournament

Sunday, July 3rd at 12 pm

Format will be dependent on the number of sign-ups

$25 entry fee per team covers snacks, balls, and prizes

Sign-up via ForeTees or by contacting the tennis staff at 802 867 2233 or



Please be sure to use foot baths adjacent the tennis courts before entering the deck and clubhouse. Thank you!



The Pro Shop has a full line of tennis equipment & attire for adults and children.


 Gathering For Golf 

In 1898, several members posed for this shot on what is now the 8th tee. The course has changed in many ways since then but not in character.

 Hole In One 


Congratulations Barry O'Leary! On Saturday, June 25th 
Barry had his 1st hole-in-one using a 9 iron on the 112 yard 2nd hole!


Congratulations to Mark Felix, guest of Mike Frohling!
Mark had a hole-in-one on hole #2 on Friday, June 24th. 


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 Present-day 3rd Hole 

Two Members playing the present-day 3rd hole, close to 8 years to the date when the hole was first open for play, following the construction of the new nine holes in 1997-1998.

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 18th Hole 

Approaching the clubhouse from the 18th fairway. The 18th hole was the original 9th hole with the exception of the green, the original green is now the putting green.

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 Golf Course Conditions 

June 30, 2016.  Today the greens will be mowed, the bunkers raked and the golf course set-up work completed.  Throughout the day the primary roughs and the tee and green surrounds will also be mowed.  The rest of our time will be devoted to trimming irrigation heads, string trimming and hand watering localized dry spots on the fairways.

 Court Conditions 

June 30, 2016.  This morning the tennis courts will be prepared and ready for play at 8:00 am.