Clubhouse Calendar:
 through 12/17/2016 (Click to view details)
Monday, Jun 20, 2016
 Board of Governors Meeting
Monday, Jul 18, 2016
 Board of Governors Meeting
Monday, Aug 15, 2016
 Board of Governors Meeting
Monday, Sep 19, 2016
 Board of Governors Meeting
Monday, Oct 17, 2016
 Board of Governors Meeting
Monday, Nov 21, 2016
 Board of Governors Meeting


May 29th - Burger Night. Enjoy a specialty slider burger evening on the Holiday weekend. .

Stop by the outdoor bulletin board opposite the Pro Shop to view all the announcement flyers and sign-up sheets.

 Don’t forget to sign up for the following events as they are filling up fast.


130th Opening Cocktail Party             May 28th 5:00-7:00 pm            

July 4th Celebration                           July 2nd 6:00-9:00 pm              

Lobster Bake                                     July 30th 5:00-7:00 pm              

130th Summer Dinner Dance              Sept. 4th                                  

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 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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 After-School Tennis Clinics 
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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.


 Croquet Opening Day 


Golf Croquet opening group play preceded by a delectable brunch was met with great enthusiasm by players. Multiple short games were played ending with a play-off foursome of partner winners John Rano and Simon Zweighaft. Weekly group play will be Wednesday and Friday at 4:00 PM, and every Sunday at 1:00 PM preceded by optional noon brunch. 

The Croquet Opening Day play-off winners were 1st place doubles partners Simon Zweighaft and John Rano. 2nd place partners Eileen Mann and Lorraine Zweighaft.


 Dorset Field Club 
Exceptional sporting and social experiences since 1886
 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



 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.

 2016 Short Game Practice Area 

Congratulations Dorset Field Club in celebrating the opening of the short game practice area

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 Dress Code 
 Family All-Privilege 
 Golf Highlights 

Women’s Opening Day – On June 2, 2016 we will have the official Opening Day event for Women.  This event will consist of a shotgun start for those who would like to play 18 holes at 8:30 am, and another shotgun for those who would prefer to play 9 holes at 10:30 am.  We will pair the people who played the first 9 with those who only wish to play 9 to get teams, and it should allow for a great chance to meet a new group of people.  Also, we would love to have new golfers and even those who don’t play come and join us for lunch.  We will do a tour and quick introduction of the golf operation for these beginners to help them get comfortable with the facility and staff to hopefully encourage them to get involved in golf.  The time for this group will be 11:30 am, and then everybody will meet and have lunch around 12:30 to 1:00 pm.

Men’s Guest Day Date Change – The first Men’s Guest Day of the season is going to move to Friday, June 3rd at 1:00 to give people a chance to reorganize after Memorial Day Weekend.  This will hopefully allow some of you that are only here on weekends to get out of work a bit early and bring a team up to compete.  For the 2016 season, all Men’s Guest Days will take place on Friday.  This will also allow for the weekly Men’s Hat Draw to go for those that aren’t bringing guests.  We will look forward to your feedback and hope you can join.

Pro-Ams – As I mentioned last week, there are a host of Pro-Ams throughout the season in the state, and I would love to be able to take Dorset Field Club members to these events.  I have posted my registration page on the golf bulletin board outside the locker rooms.  Please stop by and see if there are some days that you may be able to play.  The first event is one week from today on Tuesday, May 31st at Country Club of Vermont.  Until everybody has had a chance, I am asking that people only sign up for a maximum of two events, but this week, I still need a team so please join in!

Etiquette – The driving range is a good place to find many of our members on any given day.  There are a couple of things we would like you to keep in mind as you use our newly improved facility.  Please remember to take your divots in straight lines, it preserves the turf better.  Please keep your carts on the paths at the range as much as possible.  While we understand that there are people that have a tough time getting around, we ask that if you need to take your cart off the path, you stay in the rough as opposed to on the tee.  Finally, while it is good to be able to socialize with your friends and those you don’t see often, please remember that others may be trying to practice, so please use your “two foot voice” when others around you are working on their game.  Thanks as always.

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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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 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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 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.

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 Family Racquets 
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 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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 Croquet At Woodstock 

 A special thanks to Bonnie and Dennis Lynch for coordinating a Croquet Play Away Day at Woodstock. 


Thirteen Field Club members and General Manager  made the trip and enjoyed comradery and professional instruction. After a wonderful lunch, conversations led to the Field Club hosting Woodstock members and they graciously accepted. Gay Jesup and Linda Chapman will be coordinating a date. Check the bulletin boards across from the Pro Shop for all the croquet news and schedule. 

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Marble Steps, 14 Green

 Alex Hoffman Celebrated His 90th Birthday Playing Tennis @ The DFC!

Happy Birthday, Alex!

Kyle Sprow, Alex Hoffman, Jack Morris, Jack Bennett, Reeve Cantus & Steve Dahm



The sultry morning air didn’t stop our intrepid members from filling the courts to capacity for our annual Memorial Day Mixer. No scores were kept, but be assured that heroic performances were turned in by all. The next event is our French Open event on June 5th. Don’t miss the fun. Find a partner and sign up tout de suite!

The French Open - a doubles event

Sunday, June 5, 2016

9: 30 am – @ 1 pm

Divisions include men and women’s doubles

Three rounds of doubles with set partners – guests welcome! If you need a partner, the tennis staff is happy to help.

Tournament liaison, Meg Mithoefer, has attained great prizes for winning teams and finalists. $15 per member / $20 per guest includes breakfast, balls, and prizes

Sign-up via ForeTees or by contacting the tennis staff

Afterschool Junior Tennis

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

3:30 - 5pm (ages 9 - 16 years old)

Tuesdays and Thursdays

3:30 - 5pm (ages 5 - 8)

no sign-up on court #5

The Pro Shop is stocked with racquets, shoes, strings, grips, and apparel. If you cannot remember the last time you restrung your racquet..... it is probably time.

Steve Dahm, Head Tennis Professional 

 Golf Course Conditions 

May 30, 2016.  This morning the golf course set-up will be completed, the greens will be mowed and rolled, the collars, tees, approaches and the practice areas will be mowed and the bunkers raked. 

 Court Conditions 

May 30, 2016.  5:30 am.  Early morning rains have left the tennis courts pretty wet.  Please check back for updates as the morning unfolds.

Demolition of the old maintenance facility is well under way.  Please use caution when walking or driving to the lower tennis courts.  parking remains available beyond the caution tapes and orange cones.