Pasture golf is a return to Scottish links style courses. Technique over technology, it makes golf both fun and affordable to play. A Look at Par Three Golf Courses

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Official Par Three Honorable Mention Award

Par Three Courses in General and Red Mountain Golf Course in Grants Pass, Oregon in Particular

While a true pasture golf course can not be an executive par three by definition, we decided that we should make honorable mention of some outstanding par three courses. The first to receive the official Par Three Honorable Mention is Red Mountain Golf Course in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Most par threes are short, flat, wimpy courses, in other words, white bread. The Red Mountain Golf Course is none of the above. It has ups and downs, valleys and ravines, water, blind holes, trees and more trees. Don't think that all holes are only 100 yards long. There are plenty of 160 yard shots. As for the short 70 yard perfect three-quarter wedge shot traveled a perfect 80 yards, hit the severe slope behind the green and bounced down into the long rough.

You have to love any course that used to be called Shoestring. Bob Snook, course founder, must have had a vision of an affordable, challenging par three, the original Shoestring Golf Course located at 324 North Schoolhouse Creek Road in Grants Pass. His vision lives on despite a name change and the sale of the course. New management took over in March 2000.

Second Tee at Red Mountain Golf Course

Water hazard at Red Mountain Golf Course

Eighth Tee at Red Mountain Golf Course

Red Mountain Golf Course

Third Tee Red Mountain Golf Course

Bridge over still waters at Red Mountain Golf Course

Walking the fairway at Red Mountain Golf Course

 If you are in Grants Pass, check out the Tee Time Cafe on H Street for great golf decor and memorabilia including photographs of golf legends such as the honorable Payne Stewart. The people we talked to at the Tee Time were kind enough to give us directions to Red Mountain Golf Course when we stopped by on our weekend field trip for

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