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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          

 Drinking Water Warning 
 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 David Gates! 

On Sunday, October 16th David had a hole-in-one on #6 from the blues, 230 yards using a 5 wood.  Making it really special, his son, Jamie, happened to be playing his one round of golf for the year that day.  


 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 Annual Meeting Finance Committee Slideshow 
Click Here To View The 2016 Annual Meeting Finance Committee Slideshow 
 2017 Membership Directory DRAFT 
We are in the process of updating the 2017 Membership Directory.
 Dress Code 
 Family All-Privilege 
 Golf Highlights 

Golf Shop Information – With the daylight beginning to wane and our rounds diminishing, the Golf Shop hours will be adjusting.  For the balance of the season, the Golf Shop hours will be from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, and we will update this as we adjust the hours further after official closing day.  Also, many of you have Golf Shop Credit left over from the season, and I want you to know that this WILL carry over until next season, so spend it if you’d like, but we will honor it next year as well.

Locker Room Reminder
–We would like to remind you to make sure to grab all of your belongings from the Locker Rooms before the end of the season.  This includes the closets as well as your locker, and we ask that you return your locker key to us after your last visit of the golf season.








The view from the paddle courts at this particular time of year is spectacular. Head on down and play a set or two some evening, just as the light begins to fade and splash across the surrounding hills. Fall this year has been amazing. The colors more brilliant and blazing than I can recall in a long time. (Although I think I say that every year!) It’s been a dry warm fall, usually not the ideal conditions for this vibrant quilt of colors that sprawls across the hills. Evenings have been cool — and if you get there earlier enough to watch the sun set and the ridge line capturing that last sliver and glint of sun, just doesn’t get a whole lot better paddle players! Add a cold beer to the end of a hot set — and you’ve just put the finishing touches to another day in paradise. 

Not a lot of news to report at this time. The courts are playing well. The old hut is back, stocked with balls. The lights are working and the screens are tight. While the old maintenance building lends a feeling that we’re playing in Bagdad, progress is being made and it holds out promise that our new pavilion will be there soon enough. 

This Saturday is opening day for Dorset Paddle. It starts around 10 — and will go as long as folks are playing. The club will supply a great lunch and it’s a terrific way to meet some new members and start putting your winter paddle schedule together. Click Here to register for the event as we need an accurate head count for food.  

Also — please consider signing up for Rob Parker’s Tune Up Clinic coming up the 22nd. It’s a great deal and a great opportunity to flush the rust out of the pipes and get some tips from Rob. Click Here to register.

Enjoy the weekend. Come on down for opening day and paddle away. 

Lastly, don't forget to sign for sleeves of paddle balls via the honor sheet. This is a privilege, please treat it as such. 

Remember, Paddle players have way more fun! 

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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.

 View from the Paddle Courts 

Well finally the season we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. PADDLE SEASON. It’s about time! We’ve had to put up with gorgeous summer days, great golf, fabulous tennis, fun on the deck, 130th gala affairs and socializing with friends long enough. Now finally the real activity of the DFC kicks in for all you hardy, gnarly, down and dirty paddle wielding die-hards! The nights are cool and getting colder and folks have been flocking back to the courts already. The heart and soul of DFC is back in action! 

As you can plainly see, the lower campus is under construction. To make a long story short — after months of permitting delays with the State and much hard work from many good people on our team, we’ve been cleared to begin construction. Rather than raise your hopes and make false promises (since we all know what it’s like to build in Vermont in the winter) suffice to say, we expect to have our Pavilion in place and ready for action in early 2017 — perhaps ready for the Championships or earlier! 

But hey, we love our old familiar hut and as you can also see, it’s back in almost it’s original location. So the good news is we’ll have one more year to lavish (or languish) in our familiar digs and relish the smell of sweat, sneakers, beer and pot luck suppers. And, the old hut will have a chance for a victory lap before it’s finally retired.  

The lights are on, the heaters work, the courts were power washed and the season is upon us. There are balls in the hut to buy - please note your name and account number if you take a sleeve. A new calendar is in place for this season with a lot of new events and activities and of course our standard events. 

There are more paddle players than ever before chomping at the bit and stomping their paddle shoes like racehorses in the gate, ready to play — so let’s be sure to practice good paddle citizenship. Remember to sign up when you play. Remember to sign your guests in when you play. Be considerate of teams waiting to play and respect the one set rule if there is a foursome in the hut. And of course if you don’t finish your six pack - leave it in the frig! 

Opening Day is officially Sat Oct. 15th. The customary festivities will be in place. Open play for everyone and lunch for the incredibly low price of $15. Click Here to register. It’s a great way to meet the new club members and paddle players and re-connect with your regulars. 

Rob Parker our “Pro” will be offering clinics again this year and the first one is coming up on October 22nd — so if you need a little tune up to get the rust out of your game and knock the cobwebs off your serve — be sure to sign up for Rob’s Pre Season Clinic. Click Here to register. 

We have an amazing paddle community at DFC and every year gets better and better. We also have an incredible paddle committee that makes things work: Paul Wheeler + Joel Iannuzzi--Chairs, Deb Moser, Jon Ams, Susan Romano, Bill Childs, Steve Holman, Mary Rita Manley, Marie Garay & Paul McClutchy. If you see them — thank them, shower them with compliments, buy them drinks and dinner — they are all shameless paddle addicts! 

Let’s make this the best season yet and help make the case for the 4th court now!  

Remember paddle players have more fun! 

The Paddle Committee 

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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.


There is still time left in the season to bring your guests who might be prospective members. The next Prospective Member Cocktail Party is scheduled for October 22nd. Click Here for more details.


Due to the chilly weather and early evenings, Wednesday and Friday Croquet Open Play has been moved to 2:30 pm.

Lunch Service will continue through the end of October on Thursday, Friday and Saturday only.   

The Honor Bar will remain available in Woodruff Hall as long as play continues on the golf course.

Don’t forget to fill out your Food & Beverage survey. One per membership please. To access the survey Click Here Please note this survey is anonymous. We look forward to receiving your feedback and wish you a safe and happy fall season. 

Complimentary 130th Anniversary books are still available in the Club administrative offices. Pick them up before heading south for the fall. One book per membership.


Don’t forget to sign the guest book located in the lobby in Woodruff Hall with your most memorable DFC experience. This will be included in the 130th Anniversary time capsule.












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 Family Racquets 
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There is still plenty of great tennis weather ahead of us.  If you are interested in getting a game, we have put together an e-mail list of 3.5 Men's players. If you would like to be added to the list or would like access to same, please feel free to send an email to Tennis Co-Chair Joel Iannuzzi at


 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 
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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 

October 22,  2016.  This morning the greens will be mowed, and leaves removed as necessary

 Court Conditions 

October 22, 2016. Yesterday's rain left them too wet for early maintenance.>