The highlight of our game was playing with a delightful couple from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Karlton and Staci Creech. Karlton is the Assistant Athletic Director at the University of North Carolina while Staci teaches. Karlton is a solid 7 handicap but it is Staci who is the star player in the family. One look at her textbook swing (honed by fomer tour player Jim Ferree) confirmed she had indeed played college golf with the Tarheels. I cannot recall a missed shot by Staci during her round.
Staci and Karlton Creech
On Saturday, we played venerable Rhode Island Country Club designed by Ross in 1911. We were greeted by a thundershower, and we donned our rain suits. We were beneficiaries of another great pairing: former Ohio Women's Amateur champion Alison Reifers (and mother of Kyle- a current tour player) and Steve Kress.
Rhode Island C.C. clubhouse
Bill with Alison Reifers and Steve Cress
The rain did not adversely impact our enjoyment of this immaculately groomed course. RICC features a mix of parkland, woodland, and seaside holes. The final four are hard by Naragansett Bay. I snapped the picture below of Alison who with her classic swing played an excellent shot on the par 3 17th.
The Society's annual meeting followed at the club after dinner. The Society has a relationship with the Tufts Archives which houses many of the original Ross course design drawings at its facilities in Pinehurst, N.C. Audrey Moriarty, the Archives' executive director brought the Society up-to-date on the ongoing effort to digitize the archives.
Our Sunday game was played at Little Compton's Sakonnet Country Club. This area of Rhode Island is chock full of visual appeal. Charming seaside cottages, many held by families for generations, are in evidence here. One of those cottages was Donald Ross's summer retreat. A current generation of the Ross family still owns the cottage, and they were gracious enough to host a brunch for the Society prior to our round at Sakonnet.
The drivable par4 17th was a noteworthy hole with its rocky outcroppings threatening any off-line shot into the green. The mix of Sakonnet's s entertaining and scenic holes proved testament to the fact that a course's lack of length is no barrier to a wonderful and challenging golf experience.
Sunset at Sakonnet C.C.
Marla Flinn at Wannamoisett