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Okemo Valley Golf Club debuts Willie Dunn’s Summer Music Series

June 18, 2018


LUDLOW, Vt. – A new summer music series in the Okemo Valley debuts on Sunday, June 24. The Willie Dunn’s Summer Music Series, presented by Mary W Davis Realtor and Associates Inc., is scheduled every Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m., on the patio of Willie Dunn’s Grille at Okemo Valley Golf Club.

“We welcome everyone – golf club members, local residents, and visitors from away – to enjoy a cocktail and dinner accompanied by live, acoustic music performed by local musicians on our beautiful patio that overlooks the 18th fairway and scenic landscape beyond,” said Willie Dunn’s Grille Manager Adrienne Carter.

The Willie Dunn’s Summer Music Series runs for 10 consecutive Sundays starting June 24 and ending on August 26. The musical lineup for the summer includes: Sammy Blanchette on June 24, Duane Carleton on July 1, Rhys Chalmers on July 8, Jamie Ward on July 15, Andy Lugo on July 21, Ryan Fuller on July 29, Rhys Chalmers on August 5, Sammy Blanchette on August 12, Chris Kleeman on August 19, and Jamie Ward on August 26.

For more information, please visit or call (802) 228-1387.



Who was Willie Dunn?

Tradition is at the very heart of Okemo Valley Golf Club’s commitment to the game of golf. It is seen in everything from course design and layout to member services and guest amenities. Tradition also played a role in the naming of the clubhouse restaurant, Willie Dunn's Grille.

Willie Dunn, Jr. Came from an illustrious Scottish golf family and was instrumental in expanding the sport in the United States during the late nineteenth century. A patron of American millionaire WE. Vanderbilt, "Young Willie" came to the United States in 1893 and taught the game at the Newport Golf Club, in Newport, Rhode Island. It was at that time that the Newport Club and the St. Andrews Golf Club of Yonkers, New York, arranged to hold what they called the National Amateur and Open Championship. The event was held in 1894, attracted four professionals and was won by Willie Dunn, Jr. It was the first, unofficial U.S. Open.

Later in 1894, a central coordinating body was formed to govern the conduct of national championships. This organization would go on to become the United States Golf Association and would host its first official national championship at the Newport Golf Club in 1895. The tournament was a one-day, 36-hole event and attracted 11 professionals. Horace Rawlins, a 19 year-old Englishman, carded a 173 and pocketed $150 as first prize. Willie Dunn, Jr. finished second.

Dunn's influence on the game included the design of twelve holes at the original Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island, and the creation of the first indoor golf school in the country (on Fifth Avenue in New York City). He experimented with the design of golf equipment and even tried aluminum heads, steel shafts, and wooden and paper tee pegs. Dunn was a successful teaching professional and dedicated his life to the game, its traditions and the people who shared his enthusiasm.






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Contact: Bonnie MacPherson, director of public relations
Okemo Mountain Resort | 77 Okemo Ridge Road | Ludlow, VT 05149
802-228-1947 |