Pasture Golf

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OK, I have been hooked way too easily here, but this pastime is perfect for me. Pasture Golf is out of the way, not quite real golf clubs with old time sand greens and 8′ X 8′ dirt/grass tee boxes elevated about two feet at the most. Part of the reason is this club is a 5 minute drive to my house adds to the appeal.

Bruce Beach Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Bruce County. Measuring 1525 yards from the tips, this 9 hole tract is a hidden gem, that is never busy, and I can get in 9 holes on the hilly terrain in a little over one hour. Sweet. I am already looking in to some old hickory shaft clubs and tiny golf bag, to go back in time playing w/equipment from 1907, when the club was first constructed. The lower three dunesland holes differ from the six holes above the bluff in subtle mounding that must have been groundbreaking in the day. The 9 greens are sand/limestone screenings that require a carpet mat drag firstly to smooth out the particle sizes on your putting line. While the course yardage is short, trying to hit the 800-1500sqft greens requires serious skill. After putting, drag the mat to rid the green of your footprints, and off to the next hole. Greens fees are an astonishing $5/round, with the option of playing 18 if you choose to do so.

So gone are the days for me of regular golf. I am going to miss the long waits at the first tee, the 5-6 hour rounds. Pasture golf is more my speed. It offers me the flexibility in scheduling around just when I want to, not bowing to the rules of the club. Finally golf at an affordable price and modest time commitment. I can’t wait to source some hickory shaft clubs, with old time iron grooves, that don’t require the ball flying perfectly straight.

I need some pics of the Bruce Beach GC, later today after the rain subsides to validate this blog. In the meantime, it is nearing crunch time for the real golf side of my life as XGD begins at venerable old Toronto GC in one weeks time. Perhaps if I get my hands on some old clubs, I can partake in some of Harry Colts original linkside golf as it was meant to be at the turn of the previous century. As promised as soon as we get underway in Toronto, I will update you on the progress of both XGD and TDIGolf .

Cheers, Poor Old Dirt & Grass Farmer

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