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 Tennis Highlights 

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 2015 Croquet Party A Success 
With the conclusion of the well-attended event this past weekend, questions abound, do we initiate an inaugural Dorset Pimm’s Cup to enjoy croquet on the lawn of the Field Club?
 2015 Ladies Member Guest Tournament 
With the theme “everyone loves birdies”, the festivities for the Ladies began on Wednesday July 29th
 2015 Parent Child Tournament 
On a gorgeous afternoon in late July, the Dorset Field Club hosted its annual Parent/Child Tournament. 
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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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 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 
Oldest Continually Operating Golf Course in the United States
 Finance Committee Financial Overview June 20, 2015 

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 Golf Overview 

The golf program at the Dorset Field Club has 4 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 
 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.

 The Dorset Field Club would like to thank our own Harriet Welther 
 The Men’s 2015 Member/Member 

The Men’s 2015 Member/Member provided The Dorset Field Club with two days of stellar golf and engrossing levels of competition.

 Dress Code 
 Family All-Privilege 
 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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 Family Movie Night 

Family Outdoor Movie Night UPDATE!
Featuring The Movie "UP"
Wednesday, August 5th 

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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 
 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 
 Junior Golf Clinics / Schools 

Junior Golf Has Begun

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 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.

 2015 Lobster Bake 

Join Us For A Lobster Bake With A Little Twist!
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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.

 Golf Highlights 

2015 Clinic Schedule
Dustin’s Men’s Clinics Monday's 10:00 am - Noon
Spencer’s Ladies Clinics Thursday’s 9:00 am -10:00 am
Erik’s Ladies Clinics Friday’s 9:00 am -11:00 am
Michael's Mixed Clinics Friday's 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

 Junior Tennis Has Begun 

Junior Tennis Clinics Have Begun
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 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 
 Speaker Night w/ Tony Woodruff 

Saturday, August 15th
Boston Marathon Tragedy Inspires ‘Wicked Strong’ Race Horse Name
Tony, one of a group ownership partners of Centennial Farms race horse “Wicked Strong”, named the horse in tribute to victims of the Boston bombings.

 Tennis Clinics 
 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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 Welcome New Members 
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 Course Conditions 

August 2, 2015.  This morning the greens will be mowed and rolled, the bunkers raked and the golf course set-up work completed.  

The Short Game Practice Area is progressing well.  The last of the irrigation system has been installed and is now operational which is wonderful for controlling the dust on the site.  We have begun spreading topsoil around the green and bunker and will have this operation complete next week.  The drainage inside the green cavity is complete and ready for sand (growing media) to be delivered and spread next week.   

 Court Conditions 

August 2, 2015.  The tennis courts will be rolled and brushed and ready for play at 8:00 AM.