11th Annual Vermont Hickory Open: We’re now entering our second decade of the Vermont Hickory Open! Our premiere event of the year is a two day medal (stroke) play event featuring mens, womens, seniors and super seniors divisions both gross and net. All proceeds will go towards our work in developing a Vermont Golf Museum. You can read more about that effort here.
Dates: Saturday August 11th and Sunday August 12th with an optional practice round available on the Friday, August 10th.
Venue: This year we’ll be playing at the marvelous Country Club of Barre, which started its life in 1924 as a nine hole course, and one of the first efforts of Wayne Stiles of the firm Stiles & Van Kleek. Read more about Wayne Styles here. Those of you who remember Bob Labbance will remember that he wrote a book on Wayne Stiles.
Schedule of Play: Saturday morning tee times are likely to start between 10 am and 11am, going off in Open, Senior, and Super Senior Flights, in threesomes to aid speed of play. Tables will be set out for a club swap where folks can trade & buy clubs, this should kick off between 4pm to 5 pm as people come in. Vermont themed “heavy hors d’oeuvres” will be served. Sunday will feature a modified shotgun start going off around 9:30am, with the leaders going off the 1st hole, and the rest of the field going off the back; 18th, 17th, 16th, etc.; this facilitates everyone getting back into the clubhouse at roughly the same time for our buffet & awards ceremony, which will occur around 2:30 pm.
Format: This is a two day individual championship, 36 hole medal play competition. Open division plays at medal play, Senior, Super Senior and Women play modified Stableford.
Open Division: This is open to all players 59 years old or younger, or anyone who declares for the Open Division.
Vardon Division: (Senior Division: players 60-69, or players over 69 declaring for the Senior Division).
Ouimet Division: (Super Senior Division, players 70 or over)
Women’s Division: – All ages.
There will be a Shoot out on #18 following play Saturday as fund raiser for club fund. Shot to green; closest 3 players putt off to determine winner. Putting advantage(s) go to players closest with approach shots.
Rules of Play: We will be following SoHG rules of play per their guidelines which may be viewed here. Hickory shafted clubs manufactured before 1935 or reproductions of same approved by the SOHG. There is no limit to the number of clubs. Cell phones and/or distance measuring devices not permitted during tournament play.
Scheduling a Practice Round: We have a modest number of tee times reserved. Please call the clubhouse to make a reservation at (802) 476-7658. Mention you’re a hickory golfer for a discounted rate.
Costs: The fees this year have been reduced to $155 per person for members, and $160 per person for non -members. This includes two rounds of golf, Vermont themed heavy hors d’oeuvres on Saturday, one free table for club swap and trading (extra tables available for $15 each), buffet & awards ceremony on Sunday, and membership to the Vermont Hickory Golf Association for non-members. Practice Rounds may be booked separately with the club and are not part of the fee. Golf carts and pull carts can also be booked separately.
What if I Don’t Have a Hickory Club Set? Not to worry; for those without clubs, a hickory club set rental is available for $40. Please contact us three weeks in advance of the tournament to arrange.
What Does the Tournament Benefit?
We’re using funds we’ve collected to date to create a Vermont Golf Museum. It has started out as a website (see where we are with it here), and we hope someday it might become a physical museum as well. There are a wealth of golf stories we’re trying to tell, including:
The Players & Personages:
Walter Travis, Joe Kirkwood, Bob Rotella, Keegan Bradley
Ekwanok, Equinox, Dorset Field Club, St. Johnsbury, Burlington Country Club, etc.
John Duncan Dunn (Ekwanok), Donald Ross (BCC), Willie Park Jr. (Shelburne Inn / Webb family 9 hole course), Mungo Park (St. Johnsbury), Wayne Stiles (CCof Barre) and many others.