Mention the name Donald Ross to a golf aficionado and watch their eyes light up. Offer them a chance to play a Ross course and they'll run for their clubs. Called a "creative genius" from no less an authority than Jack Nicklaus, Donald Ross is recognized as the 'Father of American Golf Course Architecture' and was a founding member and honorary president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
Donald Ross arrived in Boston from his native Scotland in 1899, commissioned to build his first American commission - Oakley Golf Club. His reputation for elegant courses - challenging but fair - quickly grew. By the time of his death in 1948, Ross had over 400 designs to his credit including his masterpiece: Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina. Ross held a clear and distinct vision of how to play the game offered in his famous "test":
"... long and accurate tee shots, accurate iron play, precise handling of the short game and consistent putting. These activities should be called for in a proportion that will not permit excellence in any one department to largely offset deficiencies in any other."
Lake Sunapee is proud to rank among Ross's finest signature courses. Recent improvements carefully restored many LSCC's original Ross features including greens and bunkers. Those who enjoy pure, classic golf where design seamlessly melds with strategy will find is no better place to play.