Kentucky Derby Party 

Saturday, May 2nd 
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 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.

 

 Clubhouse 
 Dining Hours 
 Dorset Field Club 
America's Oldest Golf Course
 Dorset Field Club 
 Dorset Field Club 
Dorset Field Club
132 Church Street
P.O. Box 368
Dorset, VT  05251

Map & Directions

Administration Office
Phone:
(802) 867-4002
Fax: (802) 867-9953
admin@dorsetfieldclub.com

ClubHouse
Phone:
(802) 867-5553

Golf Pro Shop
Phone:
(802) 867-5766

Greens Maintenance Building
Phone:
(802) 867-5906

Member Services
Phone:
(802) 867-2224
membersvc@dorsetfieldclub.com  

Tennis Pro Shop
Phone: (802) 867-2233

 

 






 Golf Overview 

The golf program at the Dorset Field Club has 3 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, men’s & ladies' day events and member-guest events. 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 
 Letter From Your Tennis Pro 

Greetings from South Carolina!


 Membership 
 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.

 Dress Code 
 Family All-Privilege 
 Prospective Member Cocktail Party 

Saturday, May 2nd 
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 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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 Men's Golf Invitational 
Friday, May 8th 12:30 pm shotgun
Saturday, May 9th 8:30 am shotgun
 Mike Bender Golf School 

"One of America's Top 5 Golf Instructors and 2009 PGA Teacher of the Year"


 Opening Day 2015 

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First To Tee Off In 2015 Charlie Smith

 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 
 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 
 Slideshow Slide 3 
 To Tree or Not to Tree 

This article, presented by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, has been posted on our web site in the past.  It still makes for good reading.


 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.


 Single Racquets 
 Slideshow Slide 4 
 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.


 Slideshow Slide 5 
 Social 
 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.


 Junior 
 Slideshow Slide 6 
 Non-Resident 
 Slideshow Slide 7 
 Course Conditions 

April 26, 2015.

Although it is a bit cold this morning, the cloud cover that rolled in last night kept us just warm enough to hold off the expected frost.  The golf course will be ready for play at 8:00 AM.  Weather conditions have been less than ideal for turf growth.  We harvested minimal grass clippings from yesterday morning's greens mowing.  Today the greens will be rolled, divots filled and bunkers checked as needed.

Our work renovating the practice tee has been delayed by poor weather conditions and our resources being pulled in other directions.  Although the area looks pretty bad, it will shape up relatively quickly as most of the initial preparation work and excavation for increased surface area has been completed.  By this time next week it should look considerably better.  Until the surface is ready for play, golf balls will be set in front of the tee for some shorter length practice sessions.   

 Court Conditions