Schedule of Events

2024 The Alexander Findlay Hickory Open

Date: May 10, 2024

Location: Country Club of Greenfield, 244 Country Club Rd, Greenfield, MA 01301

Host: Hickory Golfers of Massachusetts

Cost: $60

The Hickory Golfers of Massachusetts and the Country Club of Greenfield cordially invite you to participate in the sixth annual Alexander Findlay/Massachusetts Hickory Open Championship, to be held at the Country Club of Greenfield, the Gateway Course to Hickory Golf in New England.

Registration:  Call Country Club of Greenfield, 413-773-7530 after April 1st.  Pro Kevin or Assistant Pro Josh will take entry info and assign tee times starting at 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Course: The tournament will be played on the historic hickory course built by Alexander Findlay in 1901 and completed by Ralph Martin Barton in 1913. Men’s Tees 5380 yards and Ladies’ Tees approximately 5,000 yards.

Please visit www.countryclubofgreenfield.net

Format: Men’s and Ladies’ Divisions, Stableford Scoring, Gross and Net….SoHG or USGA, Hcps required for Net Prizes.  Please note: application for Order of Merit Points will be submitted to the SoHG.

Prizes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, net and gross Stableford scoring winners – wall plaques.

Low gross and net scores share Alexander Findlay HO Championship Trophy.

Fee: $60 per person (due at arrival)…with or without cart. Meals not included but can be ordered off the extensive Terrazza Restaurant menu after play. Club Swap tables available and no fee. There will be an informal raffle…if attendees would like to bring a modest raffle prize donation, half of the money raised will be raffled and half will go to defray costs of event.

Contact Bill Wardwell, 413-522-9173, with any questions.

2024 Vermont Hickory Scotch Foursomes

Date: June 3, 2024

Location: Copley Country Club, 441 Copley Country Club Rd, Morrisville, VT 05661

Host: Vermont Hickory Golf Association

Cost: $50 per player, $100 per team

The 9th annual Vermont Hickory Scotch Foursome tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2024, at the scenic 1935 Copley Golf Course in Morrisville, Vermont. Last year’s event had 18 players, nine two-person teams, and everyone had a spectacular time. The course was in overall perfect condition with all teams enjoying the foursome format.

This is a one-day, 18-hole tournament with a 2-person team, alternating shot format. Play will be conducted with all teams playing in the same flight without reference to handicaps. Tees appropriate to age or gender of players to be used accordingly. We have found that the great levelling factor is the alternate shot format. There will be three divisions playing the following tees: Open = Blue-Blue; Senior = White-Blue; Statesmen = Red-White; Womens = Red-Red.

The Overall championship to be decided by sudden death shootout following play, foursomes format, with the winning team playing against ties, or in the event of no ties the first-place team competing against the second-place team.

Click here for event registration.

Let us know if you are planning to attend.

Thomas Wawrzeniak, VHGA treasurer

123 River Bend Meadow Drive

Hyde Park, VT 05655

twarsaw1@aol.com

2024 Smith-Collett Classic at Shennecossett Golf Course

**Hosted by the Connecticut Hickory Golf Association**

Date: June 22

Location: Shennecossett Golf Course, 93 Plant St, Groton, CT 06340

Host: Connecticut Hickory Golf Association

The Connecticut Hickory Golf Association is excited to announce the fourth annual Smith-Collett Classic at Shennecossett Golf Course on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024.  Tee times will begin at 12:00PM, and the fee will be $50 per walking player, or $70 per riding player*.  Players must register here by Friday, June 7th, and payment is due to the course on the day of the event.  (* = Shennecossett is in the process of updating their greens fees. The tournament fee could change by a few dollars between now and June -- we will update as soon as possible if the price changes).

 

The format is modified stableford, and we will recognize the top scorers in the open division for both gross and net (all golfers), senior division gross (golfers 60+), and women's division gross.  Open and senior divisions will play from the same tees measuring approximately 5,700 yards.

 

Shennecossett Golf Course is among the oldest courses in the state, with the original layout consisting of four holes constructed near the Ocean House and Edgcomb House hotels on Groton's eastern point in 1898.  The course was expanded over the years to eventually become an eighteen-hole facility.  Donald Ross completely redesigned the course in 1914, with further modifications in 1919.  It is the state's only public Donald Ross track, and today it has been only minimally modified from Ross' original layout.  Those modifications were the result of a 1997 land swap with Pfizer, which led to the redesign of five holes by Mark Mungeam.  Mungeam's work blends well with the rest of Ross' 1919 design. Three of the newer holes overlook the Thames River, offering remarkable views of Long Island Sound and the occasional sighting of a submarine departing the New London Naval Base. The current superintendent, Eric Morrison, has helped return the course to its roots by improving drainage, reducing irrigation, restoring the course's many bunkers, and replacing trees with areas of longer native grasses. The result is a course that runs firm and breezy -- it should be an excellent test of hickory golf.

 

The tournament is named after two of Shennecossett's golfing greats -- Alex Smith and Glenna Collett Vare.  Alex Smith was the 1906 and 1910 U.S. Open champion and the golf professional at Shennecossett for many years.  Glenna Collett (later Vare) was one of his pupils, and perhaps the greatest female golfer of all time.  "The Female Bobby Jones" was a long hitter (one of her drives was measured at 307 yards) and a frequent champion, winning four U.S. Women's Amateur championships between 1925 and 1930.  She once won sixteen consecutive tournaments, and she won seven times at Shennecossett's Griswold Invitational.  The Connecticut Hickory Golf Association's members are excited to honor the memory of these great golfers by bringing hickory golf back to Shennecossett.

 

Clubs must be antique hickory shafted clubs from 1935 or earlier, or modern replicas from the SoHG approved list of clubmakers.  If you have questions about club guidelines please email us and we are happy to help you determine if your clubs are eligible.  A limited number of rental sets are available for a fee of $15, payable by cash or check to Jacob or Christian on the day of the event.  Period attire is not required but is highly encouraged!  For more detailed equipment and clothing guidelines see the Society of Hickory Golfers' Tournament Guidelines Page.  While food is not included, the Par Four Restaurant at the course will be open and available to players on the day of the event.  

For any questions, or for travel and accommodation recommendations, please contact Jacob Orcutt at jacob@cthickorygolf.org

**Register here**

2024 New Hampshire Hickory Open

Date: July 11

Location: Lake Sunapee Country Club, 289 Country Club Ln, New London, New Hampshire 03257

Host: David Webster/New Hampshire Hickory Golf Association

Fee: TBD

Schedule of Play: TBD

Venue: Lake Sunapee CC is a private 1928 Donald Ross design in New London, NH. It is a great track. New London is a beautiful small college town about 90 minutes north of Boston and 35 minutes south of Dartmouth College / Hanover, NH and the VT border. Last July in the inaugural event we had 22 hickory players from 8 different US states play, which was very cool. LSCC must be worth it.

LSCC was also the summer home and club of The Squire Gene Sarazen in the last 30 ish years of his life. His memorabilia is around the clubhouse and grill. The club has some history and good hickory bones.

Contact: For more particulars or to express indication of interest to play please email dzweb@earthlink.net or text / call cell 407-415-7270.

2024 Vermont Hickory Open

Date: August 10 & 11, 2024

Location: Brattleboro Country Club, Brattleboro, VT

Host: Vermont Hickory Golf Association

The Vermont Hickory Golf Association is pleased to announce that this year’s Vermont Hickory Open will be a two day metal (stroke) play event featuring four divisions: the Open division (any age or gender), the Senior division, (60 years of age or older), the Statesmen division (70 years of age or older), and a Women’s division. Both low gross and low net in each division will be acknowledged. A division must have a minimum of four competitors for the low gross winner’s name to be engraved on the Vermont VHO trophy.

VENUE: The 2024 VHO will return to the Brattleboro Country Club, in Brattleboro, Vermont which was the venue for the 2022 & 2023 VHO. The course is a mix of the original golf course design in 1914 by Tom McNamara, a three time US Open runner up, which was redesigned in 1930 by Wayne Stiles, and an expansion, with some re-routing of play, in 2000 by Steve Durkee.

DATES: The 17th annual Vermont Hickory Open will be contested on Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th. Green fees and a cart are included in the registration. Practice rounds are not included in the registration fee. Please call the pro shop at BCC to schedule your practice round 802-257-7380.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY: Play will be by tee times; the first tee time is expected to be at 10:00 am each day. There is a restaurant with both inside and outside seating where we may gather for refreshments after play each day. Food is not included but is available al la carte. We expect to have table space available after play each day for club swap, trade, buy or sell.

RULES OF PLAY:The Society of Hickory Golf rules will apply. See the Society of Hickory Golf web site at https//www:hickorygolfers.com and look for guidelines under the tournament tab. Play must be with a hickory shafted clubs manufactured before December 31, 1934 or with Society of Hickory golf approved reproductions. There is no limit to the number of clubs allowed in your bag. Cell phone GPS and/or other distance measuring devices are not permitted during tournament play. Local rules will be made available before start of play.

RESERVATION NOTE: Summer in Vermont is incredibly popular, and for good reasons. We strongly suggest you make reservations quite early (late spring at the latest if possible), particularly for rooms.

REGISTRATION FEE: The registration form is available at the Vermont Hickory Golf Association website https//www.vthga.org. Click on the Events tab and then on the 2024 Vermont Hickory Open tab. The registration fee is $150.00. As indicated above, golf carts and practice rounds are not included in the fee but can be arranged directly with the pro shop (802-257-7380).

Brattleboro is located in the southeast corner of Vermont; Interstate 91 passes through Brattleboro. Amtrak’s Vermonter providing rail service service between St. Albans, VT and Washington, D.C. stops in Brattleboro once daily northbound and once daily southbound. Greyhound Bus provides service throughout the country to and from Brattleboro. Air travel is available via Bradley International Airport, BDL, (Windsor Locks, CT), Manchester, NH regional airport, and Boston’s Logan International Airport.

Visit the web site for the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce for places to stay, for restaurants and for things to do in the Brattleboro area www.brattleborochamber.org

Register Here 

The Montague Classic

Date: September 7, 2024

Location: Montague Golf Club, 48 Randolph Ave, Randolph, VT 05060

Host: Allen Johnson

Format: The Vermont Hickory Classic at Montague Golf Club provides another opportunity for golfers to party like it’s 1913. Montague Modified Stableford scoring format with Open and Super Senior Divisions. The period style dress as always surely does not disappoint. There is new ownership at Montague with major changes, including a completely refurbished clubhouse.

Schedule: Photo and rules review at 10:00 AM, shotgun start at 10:30 AM. Please arrive and register well before 10:00 AM.

Costs: $75.00 with or without cart, includes excellent Italian style dinner after play. Payment upon arrival, cash or check only.

Equipment: Hickory Shafts made before December 31, 1934, or replica clubs certified by Society of Hickory Golfers, no club limit. To add enjoyment to the hickory golf experience and to show respect for wood shaft era players, appropriate “period” attire is encouraged.

Divisions: Age for divisions as of September 7th, 2024

Open Division (0-69) and Super Senior (70+) will play from the Gold tees.

Any player may choose to compete in the Open Division.

To be a part of this memorable tournament please reply before August 20th to: Allen Johnson or call (802) 728-4133.