May 9th marked the first day of this event. A brief five minute drive from the Ivy Lodge brought us to historic Newport Country Club's entrance. This is the ultimate blueblood club. The Astors and Vandberbilts were among the founding members. To say that the 1895 Whitney Warren designed Beaux Arts clubhouse is an eye catcher does not remotely do it justice. It is really an architectural jewel box!
Jongleux, Case, and Callahan into the mist
The privilege of playing Newport would have sufficed to make this a memorable day. But there was more! One of the Society members treated us to a sumptuous luncheon and cocktails at his mansion "High Tide," also built by Whitney Warren in 1900. This afforded us an opportunity to make friends with the other members. We encountered an interesting array of folks including golf writer and historian Michael Fay, a couple of refugees from hickory golf club societies, and former Ohio Women's Amateur champion Alison Reifers.
High Tide Mansion
Our stellar day was concluded with a tasty lobster dinner at the Bristol Yacht Club. After dinner, member Shawn Pierson made a pitch for assisting the renovation of the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Sarasota, Florida- a muni course designed by Ross. This is the type of project in which the Ross Society takes great interest. Our stint with the Donald Ross Society was off to a flying start!
Bristol Yacht Club
Newport C.C. provided us all the amenities