Looking for a last minute Christmas gift, especially for yourself? Here’s a one-two combination that can’t be beat for fans of Donald Ross.
Get the just-published biography of the great Scot from Classics of Golf and stick in a ticket to the inaugural Donald Ross Invitational at Royal Dornoch next October. The Life & Times of Donald Ross ($75) by Pinehurst native Chris Buie puts the life of the prolific Golden Age architect in a new perspective. It’s filled with wonderful archival material, historic photos, and key documents. Through meticulous research and samples from Ross’ letters and journals, Buie really brings Ross to life in the pages and how he came to design so many courses. He also nicely captures the sense of place and time.
No doubt after reading the book you’ll be even more excited to participate in the tournament at Dornoch where Ross grew up and learned so much about his craft. Hosted by Carr Golf, the four-day team event includes a gala dinner and prize ceremony. One of the finest links in the world, Dornoch’s superb routing and raised putting surfaces were a major influence on the 400+ courses Ross designed. The tournament is open to members and representatives of golf clubs with a Donald Ross affiliation and connection.
Starting at $3,425 per person (at the current exchange rate), the two-person team competition includes four nights luxury accommodations, three rounds on Dornoch, and a practice round at nearby Brora Golf Club, home of the James Braid Golfing Society, as well as breakfast and lunch every day.