Hickory-Shafted Golf Competition in Vermont

The 237-year-old Equinox Resort & Spa will host the first annual Orvis Cup Hickory Stick Shaft Pro-Am Tournament at the Gleneagles Golf Course in Manchester Village, Vt., on June 5 – 6, 2006. The 2006 Orvis Cup will be the first North American professional championship in recent memory to be contested solely with hickory-shaft equipment. Purses and prizes for the tournament are in excess of $10,000.

The Orvis Cup was founded in the early 20th century by George and Louise Orvis. It was originally contested at the Ekwanok Country Club and later moved to the Equinox Golf Links – now the Gleneagles Golf Course at the Equinox. The Equinox Resort & Spa has partnered with The Orvis Company to resurrect the tournament. The event will be played in its original medium – with hickory-shafted clubs and period attire – in honor of the rich history of the Orvis’s, two of America’s most influential golf patrons. The Batten Kill Watershed Alliance will be the event’s benefactor, as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to promote stewardship and enhancement of the Batten Kill Watershed in Vermont and New York.

The tournament will consist of a four-man better-ball format over 36 holes, with each team including a golf professional and three amateur players. There will also be a 36-hole stroke-play contest for the professionals. Total purses and prizes are in excess of $10,000. Play will be conducted using hickory-shafted clubs manufactured prior to 1936, and clubs will be provided at the event courtesy of The Old Hickory Golf Company.

The Orvis Cup will coincide with an exhibit and trade show presented by Golf Collectors Society on the grounds of The Equinox Resort & Spa.

The 2006 Orvis Cup Tournament package includes two nights luxury accommodations at The Equinox Resort & Spa, participation in The Orvis Cup on Gleneagles Championship Golf Course, breakfast, lunch, and admission to the tournament Gala Event – a period reception and dinner held on Monday evening that will feature a “step back in time” culinary event created by the chefs at The Equinox. All taxes and gratuities are included in the Tournament package.

Rates start at $569 for amateurs and $369 for professionals. For more information about the tournament, contact Scott Halnon at 802/362-7870 or shalnon@equinoxresort.com, or visit http://equinox.rockresorts.com/info/golf.events.asp.