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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

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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

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 
 Hole- In-One 
Congratulations to Art McKenna!
Art had a hole-in-one on #2 with a gap wedge 112 yards. 
 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 Fishing Derby Results 

The 2016 Fishing Derby took place on a beautiful evening at the DFC.  There were 20 adults in attendance and 23 children participated in the derby.  A total of 64 fish were caught in the hour.     Prizes were awarded for the 1st fish, the most fish and the largest fish.



1st Fish   -  Sam Smith
Most Fish - 10  Calvin Flett
Largest Fish - 17 Inches - Sam Smith

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 Family All-Privilege 
 Golf Highlights 
Women’s Member/Guest – We are now only a couple of weeks away from the Women’s Member/Guest.  We still have room in this event, and we have a very fun couple of days of competition planned.  Activities start on Wednesday, July 27th and golf wraps up on Friday, July 29th.  There are events for the nine hole crowd (all on Wednesday), and the 18 hole crowd (Dinner and putting contest Wednesday, golf on Thursday and Friday).  Please call the Golf Shop if you have any questions, or register online through the Club website.

Men’s Member/Guest – On August 11th through August 13th, we will have the annual Member/Guest tournament for the men.  The timing of the event is a little different this year, with practice rounds on Thursday and golf on Friday and Saturday.  We have a different and exciting shootout format planned for the flight winners, and I’m sure that the event will be a great time for all, reserve your spot soon!

Junior and Family Golf – Over the next couple of weeks, we have a couple of big events for the family and juniors.  Our Parent/Child tournament will be on July 23rd, and the Junior Golf Club Championship will be the following week on July 30th.  We want to encourage players of all abilities to participate in these events, so mark your calendar and we’ll see you for these opportunities.



Learning OpportunitiesI 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.


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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Our next Prospective Member Cocktail Party is schedule for August 6th from 5-7:00 pm. Click Here to register.


In an effort to maintain the healthy condition of the grass parking at the Clubhouse, please help us make a great first impression by utilizing the asphalt parking as much as possible. Thank you in advance for all pitching in to make DFC the best it can be.


Reminder: The first half minimums are due to be used by July 31st. All balances remaining will be billed to your account.


Don’t miss the new Friday Evening Signature Station in Woodruff Hall. This Friday evening Signature Station and Innovative Carving will include two variations of hand tossed pizza, Angel Hair and Penne pasta with Frutti Di Mare, Roast Sirloin of Beef, Wilcox Farm Pork Loin or Crab Stuffed Sole fillets. Call 867-5553 for reservations.

Enjoy a Day at the Races in Saratoga. Leave the driving and Clubhouse tickets up to us, we have you covered. Grab a group of friends and spend a day watching the ponies. August 19th, the bus leaves DFC at 11:00 am. Click Here for more details.


 Reminder: The first half minimums are due to be used by July 31st . All balances remaining will be billed to your account.





 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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Parent - Child Tennis Event
Sunday, July 24th

Moms, dads, sons, and daughters will team up for this new addition to the summer calendar. All ages are welcome for organized non-competitive play. More details to be released soon....Mark the date!

Pro - Am Tennis Event
Saturday, July 30th
3 pm - 6 pm

DFC's top tennis players will be paired with local teaching professionals in a round robin battle-royal. Come watch some great tennis on the deck - More info coming soon!

The Davis Cup
Sunday, July 31st
9:30 am - noon

Maybe the most popular tennis event of the summer, the Davis Cup 2016 will feature Team USA (coached by Kyle) taking on Team Brazil (coached by Steve). This event is open to players of all levels and usually sells out fast.

After doubles play, we adjourn to the dining room for a lunch that honors the countries that we represented.

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!

 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 

July 22, 2016. Today the greens will be mowed and rolled and the greenside bunkers will be raked.  Additional areas scheduled for mowing include the SGPA, collars, tees, approaches, fairways and the tee and green surrounds.  The rest of the day's efforts will be devoted to cart path repair and maintenance, fairway divot repair, hand watering fairway hot spots and equipment maintenance.

 Court Conditions 

July 22, 2016.  The early morning shower looks like it will stay north of us and leave our courts mostly dry.  The tennis courts will be prepared as usual and should be ready for play at 8:00 am.