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 2016 Fall Update 

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David J. Berard, CGCS  802 867-5906          

 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 
 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

 

 






 Dorset Field Club 
Exceptional sporting and social experiences since 1886
 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 
 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

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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.

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 2016 Annual Meeting Finance Committee Slideshow 
Click Here To View The 2016 Annual Meeting Finance Committee Slideshow 
 Dress Code 
 Family All-Privilege 
 Golf Carts and Services for November 

While services are suspended for the season, we are aware that there will still be some nice days to play golf ahead.  With that in mind, on days when the temperature is forecast over 50 degrees, we will pull a couple of golf carts for use by our members.  These are intended for those members who would not otherwise be able to play, and will be available in limited numbers.  Please help yourself to one of these carts, and fill out the chit that is on the steering wheel with your information.

If there is a day when the temperature isn't supposed to be as warm, but you still plan to play, please call Patrick Berry on his mobile phone at 802-430-2932 or email him at golfpro@dorsetfieldclub.com and he will arrange for one to be available for you.  We hope you find this a nice feature that allows you to extend your golf season a little, and thank you for your understanding if golf course conditions dictate that carts won't be available on certain days.

 PADDLE HIGHLIGHTS 

The 6th Annual Jay Hathaway Memorial Paddle Fun Day and Chili Cook-off will be taking place this Sat. Dec. 3rd. The event begins at 10 and goes until it goes — usually around 2 or 3. Free coffee and donuts will be on hand. It’s an open fun event where our members come together and just mix up the teams, play with different partners and have a great day. The chili cook-off, perhaps the most competitive aspect of the day is open to all chefs! The last few years have been “hotly” contested with a couple of repeat wins by paddle Chair Paul Wheeler, who Steve “Gumbo” Holman claims was using endangered species in his recipe. Bill “The Hall of Famer” Childs has been caught buying votes and putting red ribbons on his crock-pot. It’s a winner takes all kind of bare-knuckled kitchen brawl and this year promises to be the best year ever. So sign up now, and start cooking so your chili is just right for Saturday’s cook-off. Winner get his or her name on our very fine Chili Plaque! 

Jay Hathaway for those that might have known him, was a permanent fixture around Dorset. He was the unofficial mayor of Dorset and a great advocate for paddle. He was largely responsible for building our 3rd court and his name can be found on the Championship board. He was loved by all and we like to honor his memory with our little event. As he would often say, “How cool is that!” 

This year’s event will be dedicated to the memory of John Pless and Charlie Ams. 

Sign up now — and hope to see you on Sat. 

Also a reminder that Monday December 5th we will be hosting another paddle clinic with Pro Rob Parker. Register by Clicking Here — and they sell out fast. 

And remember, paddle players always have more fun! 


 Pavilion Update December 2016 
Click here to view the Pavilion updates December 2016
 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.


 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.


 Single All-Privilege 
 Slideshow Slide 2 
 Tipping Policy 
 Winter Playing Opportunities via partnership with OpenRounds 

Overview

Dorset Field Club has partnered with OpenRounds to provide you with streamlined access to clubs you may wish to play in your travels. Access to OpenRounds is free and simple to navigate, at your convenience. When you use it to set up play at participating clubs you will be charged the guest fees set by each club.


OpenRounds, which is based in New England, designed its platform based on club feedback and launched in 2015. Members who have set up reciprocal play through OpenRounds have raved about their experiences.  The company is partnered with clubs in metro New York, Florida, Alabama, Las Vegas, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Colorado and will continue to add new playing opportunities.

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Left: Joe & Margaret Harrington, George Harrison, who brought the first club to Dorset.
Right: Elizabeth Prentiss Whittimore standing by the tennis court.


 DINING HIGHLIGHTS 

On behalf of the Dorset Field Club, I would like to wish you an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

As the Christmas season approaches we will be hosting our annual Women’s and Men’s holiday luncheons followed by the Holiday Cocktail Party. Register below.

The pro shop will remain open for your holiday shopping. Stop in and pick up something for friends or family. Gift wrapping is available.

Enjoy the Holiday season!

Patrick McGuire 

Upcoming Events

 

December 14th – Men’s Holiday Luncheon. Click Here  to register.

 

December 15th – Women’s Holiday Luncheon.  Click Here   to register.

 

December 17th – Holiday Cocktail Party. Click Here to register. 


 

 

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.


  

  

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 
 Electronic Device Policy 
 Family Racquets 
 Golf Highlights 

Snow – What a difference a day makes!  It was around 65 degrees on Saturday, and then it snowed all day Sunday and well into Monday.  At least through the weekend, the Course Closed sign is up, and we thank you in advance for respecting it.  The greens and tees are not yet roped off, but please stay off of them if you plan to do any skiing or snowshoeing.  They will be roped off as soon as possible.  For updates about skiing, grooming, golf course conditions, etc., please see the Club website.  David Berard and his team do a terrific job of keeping it up-to-date and informative.  

 

Golf Shop Information – I am pleased to be staying in Vermont for the winter (except for a couple of trips), and will be keeping the Golf Shop open some during the holiday shopping season.  Starting this Saturday, November 26th, we will be open each Saturday and Sunday through December 18th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Additionally, we will be open Tuesday through Sunday, December 13th through December 18th with extended hours.  We will be spending more time here as well, and if you’d like to know if we are around, or set up a time to meet and shop, feel free to call my cell phone at 802-430-2932.  Please note that all clothing is between 20 and 40 percent off, and we will be happy to wrap your purchases for you as well!

 

OpenRounds– With the off-season seemingly upon us, I want to encourage you to go to the Club website and read about OpenRounds as an option when you travel.  There are details about how to register there, and this is a great tool to help you play some private golf courses in different parts of the country while on vacation.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this opportunity or if I may be of service in any other way.

 

 

 

 

 

 Slideshow Slide 3 
 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 
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 Golf Course Conditions 

November 28-December 2, 2016.  This week our maintenance efforts will be focused on topdressing the greens, installing stakes, ropes and snow fence to protect the greens and tees from winter snow activities, brushcutting wood lines and continued construction activities on the stone wall and cart path near the 8th tees.  Weather permitting we will also complete the installation of the new irrigation system on the 6th hole.

 Court Conditions 

November, 2016.