Pasture golf is a return to Scottish links style courses. Technique over technology, it makes golf both fun and affordable to play. Great Life Golf & Fitness at Chisholm Trail -
Abilene, Kansas

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PastureGolf.com Play Pasture Golf in Kansas at Great Life Golf and Fitness at Chisholm Trail (formerly Chisholm Trail Golf Course) in Abilene. We welcome submissions of pasture golf courses to this pasture golfers' directory.

Name of Course: Great Life Golf and Fitness at Chisholm Trail
Address: 645 2400 Avenue, Abilene, Kansas 67410
Phone: (785) 263-3313
Location: I-70 Interstate to Exit 272, west of Abilene, half-mile north & half-mile west
Fees: $12 on week days, $15 on weekends
Number of Holes: 18
Yardage: 6568 Champion, 5759 Men's, 4746 Women's
Par:   71 Back Championship, 72 other tees
Local Rules: USGA + Local Rules
Season: All year weather permitting
Course Type: Links
Designed By: Jon Thayer, Sr. and Bruce Dixon
Year Built: Built in 1997 by an Abilene area retired optometrist
Facilities & Amenities: Pro Shop - Snacks - Drinks - Putting Greens - Driving Range - Cart Rentals
Events: Numerous Local Tournaments
Prior Uses: Sand Hills natural prairie land - Local unique area of Sand Hills, wonderful native plants.
Future Plans: Maturing the course. Addition of sand traps and bunkers.
Advice: The course opened April 1, 1999. When played in 1999, the fairways still needed maturing, but the greens were in very good shape and very firm ala Scotland. This course has been referred to as "a ball-eating machine." Bring lots. Play this course without going to Scotland. Good rapid growth fairways.

The Chisholm Trail Golf Course is a special course which offers a great challenge for all types of golfers. Just because of low fees, does not mean it's an ill-kept course. This course is not an average run of the mill golf course. The course was recognized and written up in Golf Course News, Golf World and Golf Digest. It received Honorable Mention as the Environmental Course of the Year. Factors of play include narrow fairways and small, undulating greens that are difficult to hit. Look out for the plum thickets on the second and sixteenth fairways and be prepared for the effects of a contentious wind.

The Sand Hills are a range of hills from southern Nebraska through Kansas to northern Oklahoma, on a line approximately through Manhattan and El Dorado, Kansas. These hills contain some of the best prairie grasses still existing in the United States. These grasses are of the shorter types which reach a height of two feet or so.

A Look Back Thirty Years or More -


SUNSET VIEW OF A HORSE IN PASTURELAND THAT ONCE WAS TALLGRASS PRAIRIE IN WABAUNSEE COUNTY KANSAS, NEAR MANHATTAN, IN THE HEART OF THE FLINT HILLS REGION. IN 1975, THE COUNTY WAS ONE OF THE SITES UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR A TALLGRASS PRAIRIE NATIONAL PARK. THERE WAS A BILL IN CONGRESS FOR SUCH A PARK, BUT IT FACED OPPOSITION AND AT THE TIME THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, THE BILL HAD NOT BEEN REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE. Source: National Archives & Records Administration, ARC Identifier: 557186 - 01/1975. Still Picture Records LICON, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD.

Read more about the Chisholm Trail Golf Course in The Topeka Capital-Journal.

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