Pasture golf is a return to Scottish links style courses. Technique over technology, it makes golf both fun and affordable to play. Playing the Sand Greens

Tired of super manicured courses, ridiculously priced greens fees, spendy clubs and fancy clothes? You'll love the back to basics play of pasture golf!

Pasture Golfers' Golf Play Index
| A Golfer's Nightmare |
When Your Golf Swing Leaves You in the Lurch | Finding the Feel of the Greens
| The Swing Thought | More Golf Trivia | Golf's Short Game | Never Hurry - Never Worry
| Scottish Style Golf | Northwest Highland Tour | Playing Sand Greens | Golf's Ground Game

| How Sweet the Swing | Primer for the New Girl Golfer | Pasture Golf Criteria

Before the advent of modern methods of golf course maintenance, greens were never the perfect carpets that you see on manicured courses that cost an arm and a leg to play. Often when courses were not irrigated, the greens were affectionately known as "browns".

Believe it or not, there were greens on which not a blade of grass was found. These greens, I should say, browns, were made of sand. Pure, silty, barren sand. Picture a putt across one of those!

Sand green at Woodburn Golf Club

A sand green at Woodburn Golf Club, in Woodburn, Oregon

Henry Longhurst who wrote My Life and Soft Times describes that very time and place.

"Of the four hundred odd courses on which I have played, including some on which no blade of grass had ever grown or ever will, El Fasher remains unique. There was no clubhouse and no tees, but there were nine greens, each with a hole in, generally with the metal rim sticking up out of the sand, so that a local rule said: 'On the rim counts in.'

We teed off in the sand at the top of a bluff looking over a magnificent view and played down to the 1st hole, marked by a small boy in a nightshirt holding what turned out to be the club's only flag. No use having permanent flags, they said. If you had wooden ones, the ants would eat them and, if you had metal, the locals would melt them instantly down for spears."

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