Clubhouse Calendar:
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Monday, Sep 19, 2016
 Board of Governors Meeting
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 Nominating Committee 

The Board of Governors has approved the Nominating Committee for the 2016 Annual Meeting and elections. As prescribed in the by-laws, the Committee consists of two Governors (Randy Dapron and David Gates) and not less than three additional members (Nancy Hagen, John Weiss and Andy Campanella). There will be candidates for four positions on the Board of Governors. Terms will be expiring for Matthew Hicks, John Moser, Paul Wheeler and David Gates.

Respond to any nominating committee member(s) by telephone or email at your discretion.

Randy Dapron

David Gates

Nancy Hagen

John Weiss

Andy Campanella

Thank you,

Dorset Field Club
Nominating Committee

 Dress Code 
 Family All-Privilege 
 Golf Highlights 

Club Championships – Labor Day Weekend is also Club Championship Weekend (and is quickly approaching), so mark your calendar and register on the Club website or by calling us in the shop at 802-867-5766!  For your planning purposes, Men’s Club Championship Qualifying for the Championship Flight will be EITHER Saturday, August 27th or Thursday, September 1st, so please plan to be available for one of those options.  You must play with a person who can attest your scorecard, from the Blue Tees, and declare that your round will be your qualifier before you tee off.  I have set a couple of times aside at 10:10 and 10:20 am on Saturday if you need them in order to guarantee a place to play and a chance to have a marker.

** Please note that qualifying is only needed for the CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT, all others will be seeded by handicap

Pro Skins Game – This Saturday, at 4:30 pm, we will have our Professional Staff (and Patrick McGuire) Skins Game.  This will be an opportunity for you all to come out and see us compete against one another and have some fun.  Last year, only one skin was earned, and I promise that if we have the same case this year, I won’t spend all my winnings in one place!  We will have carts and beverages available for those that would like to come watch, and we’ll plan to put on a show!

Course Maintenance – David and his team have the course in great shape as always, but it is the time of year for Aeration.  As of now, it is scheduled for September 6th (Front 9) and September 7th (Back 9), so keep that in mind when planning to bring guests.  He feels that the course will have time to recover to be in great shape for the Flaming Maple event. 

**Special Note - We ask that you all be sure to fix divots and ball marks around the course – there seem to be a lot of both at the end of the day, and we’d love to keep the course in great shape for the fall season.  Thanks in advance for your effort!

 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.

 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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 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.



It’s that time of year again. The annual Employee Appreciation Party in Woodruff Hall.  Come show the staff your appreciation and volunteer for the afternoon.  Click Here for more details.


Gentle reminder that the last Thursday dinner service will be September 1st.


Please be aware that construction has begun at the lower campus. Members playing tennis at the lower courts or those taking carts to the short game practice area, please be aware there will be large equipment present. Give them plenty of space.


As part of our 130th anniversary and the new lower campus capital improvement project, we would like to invite all members to sign a guest book located at the Woodruff Hall bar including a brief description of their most memorable experience at the Club. The guest book will be included in a time capsule as part of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the pavilion.


We had such a great turnout for the last prospective member party it’s time to schedule another. Click Here for more information if you are either a new member or have a prospective member you would like to bring to the Club to talk about a membership.


Friday Evening Signature Station in Woodruff Hall. This week two variations of hand tossed pizza, Angel Hair, Penne & Rotini, Pasta Alla Romana, Stuffed Breast of Veal, Roast Rib of Beef & Stuffed Idaho Trout.  Call 867-5553 for reservations.

Upcoming Events

 August 31st – Dorset Field Club hosting Woodstock Croquet. Click Here for more details.


September 3rd – Speaker Night with Peter Georgiady on golf history. Click Here for more details.


September 9th – Wine & Wickets. Click Here for more details.





 Electronic Device Policy 
 Family Racquets 
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Friendly Request: after play, please take the time to use the foot baths before entering the deck and clubhouse.

 DFC’s 130th Anniversary Tennis Round Robin 

Saturday, August 27, 2016 
3:30pm - start time / 6 pm – cocktails & munchies!  

 All levels of play are welcome. Our tireless pros will match you up with a fabulous partner for men’s, women’s, and mixed tennis action.  

 Added bonus: we have a speed gun on hand to record your fastest serve. Fun prizes for the player closest to 130 mph.  

We need DFC tennis players to sign up and make this 130th Anniversary Event a great one. We can’t be outdone by the golfers 130th Event!!!!!  

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

2016 DFC Tennis Championships

September 3rd
Women's Doubles at 9: 30 am
Mixed Doubles at 1 pm
Men's Doubles at 4 pm

September 4th
Women's Singles at 9: 30 am
Men's Singles at 1 pm

 A Weekend For Holes In One 

Congratulations Paul Kelly Sr.!

On Sunday, August 28th  Paul had a hole-in-one on hole #6!
Paul Kelly Jr., Josh Wylie & PGA  Professional Tom Gorman were there to witness Paul's 18th hole-in-one!  


Congratulations Tom Shannon!

On Saturday, August 27th  Greg Vahle, Art McKenna & Ken Reilly were there to witness Tom's hole-in-one on hole #2.  This is Tom's 3rd hole-in-one in the past 9 months! 


 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 

August 29, 2016. This morning the greens will be mowed and rolled, the bunkers raked and the golf course set up completed.  Also scheduled for mowing are the collars, tees, approaches, fairways, rough and the tee and green surrounds.  The golf course will be very busy with the Vermont Pro-Am, so the rest of our day will be devoted to tasks that will keep us away from the fray.

Tomorrow morning the practice range will be closed until 10:00 am to allow for mowing and maintenance operations.

 Court Conditions 

August 29, 2016.  The courts will be rolled and brushed and ready for play at 8:00