A Short History of
"One hundred years of
experience had demonstrated
that the game is temporary insanity
practiced in a pasture." - Dave Kindred
The snob factor in golf
has not always been high. Look back a generation or three
or four and you will find a game played on rougher courses than
those seen today in televised super play. Players were mostly
just folks out for a good game. Making business deals was never
the point of time spent on a golf course. Neither was it to
buy into slick merchandising and product hype to gain a better
Now the trend is to more expensive
fees, higher priced clubs and specialty gear, super manicured
grounds and greens. Golf has not always been a trendy sport,
restricted to monied elites. At its birth it was the game of
a rural people, played simply on the fells and fields where
sheep and cattle grazed. Pasture golf celebrates the undercurrent,
the backwash maybe, that returns to these grassroots.
hole, what remained of it, was literally a pasture. A field.
- The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
you play golf, just play golf. Heres you, heres
the ball, theres the target. Go to it. Hit the ball
to the target as best you can. Find the ball and do it again.
Experience, adjust, experience, adjust....The golf course
is made for playing a game! So go there and play golf.
the Pasture Golf Mailbag
"Pasture Golf. I love it!
My friend has a very similar setup here on Vashon
Island, WA. While his course is far smaller he's right
on par with you (pun intended). His course is large enough
for a pitching wedge or 9-iron. It's also funny you mention
the Tee Time Cafe in Grants Pass.
I've actually been there (several years back). Great work
putting this out for other people to find..." - Dave,
PastureGolf Course Submissions -
of the Eagles Golf Links, Haines, Alaska
Accolade Pitch and Chip,
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Golf Course, Hawthorne, Florida
Crestview Golf Course,
Ennice, North Carolina
Crooked Creek Country
Club, Electra, Texas
Kahuku Golf Course, Kahuku,
Kington Golf Club, Herefordshire,
What is the definition of Scottish Golf
Links? For the answer to this question we go to the
archives and consult the authority on golf history,
Sir Walter Simpson. From him we learn the true meaning
of golf links.
"The grounds on which golf is played
are called links, being the barren sandy soil from which
the sea has retired in recent geological times. In their
natural state links are covered with long, rank bent
grass and gorse. Links are too barren for cultivation:
but sheep, rabbits, geese and professionals pick up
a precarious livelihood on them."
You can see, Sir Walter Simpson was a
bit of a wag. Click for Pasture
Golf Quotes & Trivia
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Ten Things We Love About Pasture Golf
10. A game you can play no matter
what the weather.
9. Low greens fees.
8. Best place to find "my kind of people."
7. Requires touch and talent over technology.
6. No pressure to buy new sticks.
5. The only dress code is "come as you are."
4. Getting there often will take you off the beaten path,
along blue highways through beautiful country.
3. No referees, striped shirts or whistles blowing--just
ball in the hole in the fewest strokes.
2. Extreme unlikelihood that a pompous announcer speaking
in hushed tones will be describing the play.
1. Every game has a chance of being, in Bill Murray's immortal
words, "A Cinderella Story."
The beautiful Scottish style
links of Bear Valley Meadows in Seneca
a digital Classic Golf Postcard!
Send these timeless classics
to friends and fellow linksters.
Show them how the game was played back in
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now to put a permanent end to the Slaughter
of American Horses. Americans don't eat
horse meat. These horses, 94,000 in 2005, ended up
as dinner somewhere else.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES and U.S. Senate have
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