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Monday, Oct 17, 2016
 Board of Governors Meeting
Monday, Nov 21, 2016
 Board of Governors Meeting

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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

Click on 'read more' for additional photos of the event.

 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 
 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.

 2016 Annual Meeting Finance Committee Slideshow 
Click Here To View The 2016 Annual Meeting Finance Committee Slideshow 
 2017 Membership Directory DRAFT 
We are in the process of updating the 2017 Membership Directory.
 Dress Code 
 Family All-Privilege 
 Golf Highlights 

Driving Range and Golf Course Closed from 9:00 – 2:30 tomorrow – We are hosting the Vermont State Golf Association for their State Senior Day here tomorrow.  This will give David Berard and his staff an excellent opportunity to do maintenance on the Driving Range, so it will be closed to allow him to do this.  Because of this work, the range will be OPEN on Thursday all day. The Putting Green and Short Game Practice Area will still be open if you would like to practice during these hours.  Thank you for your understanding!


Women’s Golf Closing Luncheon – This Thursday, September 22nd will be the closing luncheon (but we will still have a game if we have enough players in the following weeks).  This is a nice opportunity to see everybody one more time, so please plan to join us if you can.  Even if you can’t play but would like to come for lunch, we will be very happy to see you.  You can register by logging on the Club website or by calling the golf shop at 802-867-5766!


Twilights – As our numbers have dwindled, and the daylight is becoming more of an issue, the twilight is suspended for the season.  I want to thank you all for participating – the staff really enjoyed the opportunity to get out and play with you and get to know you better!  We will start it up again early next season, and hope you will join us then.


Locker Room Reminder – We are (amazingly!) approaching the end of the summer, so we just want to remind you to make sure to grab all of your belongings from the Locker Rooms.  This includes the closets as well as your locker, and we ask that you return your locker key to us after your last visit of the golf season.


Course Maintenance – Beginning next Monday, September 26th, the fairways will be aerated.  As you can tell by this email, there are a few projects that must be completed while the ground is still warm enough for the course to recover.  We will amend any rules for playing (lift, clean, place, etc.) for our events, but we just wanted you to have a heads-up in case you were thinking of bringing guests or having a big match against your friends.


 Slideshow Slide 1 
 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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 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.

 Single All-Privilege 
 Slideshow Slide 2 
 Tipping Policy 
 130th Anniversary Gala 
Click Here To View The 130th Anniversary Photos
 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.


New honor bar hours will be Monday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, weather permitting.


It is that time of year again where we are updating the member directory. Click Here to review your profile.  


Complimentary 130th Anniversary books are available in the Club administrative offices. Pick them up before heading south for the fall. One book per membership.


Don’t forget to sign the guest book located in the lobby in Woodruff Hall with your most memorable DFC experience. This will be included in the 130th Anniversary time capsule.


As construction at the lower campus begins to ramp up, please be aware of the construction equipment and large vehicles traversing the parking lots and road adjacent to #10 fairway. Let’s all be cautious and remain safe.


Upcoming Events

September 24th – Prospective Member Cocktail Party. Click Here for more details.


October 4th - Employee Appreciation Party. Click Here to volunteer. 


October 7th – Wine & Wickets. Click Here for more details. 











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 Family Racquets 
 Slideshow Slide 3 

Court 7 is now open for play. Thanks to Dave Berard and staff for making such a speedy repair.   

There is still plenty of great tennis weather ahead of us.  If you are interested in getting a game, we have put together an e-mail list of 3.5 Men's players. If you would like to be added to the list or would like access to same, please feel free to send an email to Tennis Co-Chair Joel Iannuzzi at


 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.

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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 

September 27, 2016.  Today the greens, tees, rough and the tee and green surrounds will be mowed and the bunkers raked.  Fescue mowing and clean-up will continue. 

 Court Conditions 

September 27, 2016.  This morning rain has left the courts too wet for early morning maintenance.  They should be ready around 10:00 am.