Pasture golf is a return to Scottish links style courses. Technique over technology, it makes golf both fun and affordable to play. Golf - A Game for All Weather

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Check the weather where you're going to play today

No weather is ill if the wind be still. - Scottish proverb

Find the Weather for any City, State or Zipcode, or Country

If you are traveling in the Western States be prepared by checking the weather before you go. For the State of Oregon, here's a quick link to the Oregon Department of Transportation Trip Check site where you can find nearly up to the minute road condition and weather reports. For a good general selection of weather links, take a look at the Western Regional Climate Center website. Also, the Current Radar Image of the Northwest will definitely give you a clue whether to pack an umbrella or sunscreen. For a historical perspective on the weather in Oregon locations, here's a great link to Oregon Climate Summaries by city. Here's a useful view of a nationwide weather map showing lighning strikes in progress. It appears to be updated frequently.



Snow and rain gear

Sturdy boots

Be Prepared

Adopt the scout motto, be prepared for changes in weather, and you will have a better time out on the links. Weatherproof outer gear is good for keeping warm and dry during golf excursions on inclement days; and remember, little things like sunglasses and a hat can add comfort and convenience, and easily fold up to fit into a pocket when not in use (click for more on gearing up for Pasture Golf play).

Those who are slaves to televised golf coverage, have become numb to the bludgeoning effect of name brand merchandising. We had great respect for the late Payne Stewart for his obvious disregard for current fashion trends and his stalwart devotion to plus fours (loose knickerbockers worn for active sports, not to be confused with petit fours which are small tea cakes). When it rained at Pinehurst during the U.S. Open in June 1999, it looked like Stewart hacked the sleeves off of his jacket for his own comfort and convenience. He went on to win the event. Surely that is proof that clothes do not make the game, despite comedian Bob Hope's quip, "I'd give up golf if I didn't have so many sweaters."

Weather Changes

The causes of fatalities on golf courses include heart attacks and lightning strikes. Of course you don't want to be the victim of either. In the first instance, make a cardiologist your golfing buddy. For the second, keep an eye on the weather, watch for cumulus buildup and if caught in a storm, do not seek cover beneath that solo oak tree.

Cumulus clouds Lone tree on the course Ouch

Cloud and Lightning Images Copyright 1996 PhotoDisc, Inc.

However, don't let a little thing like the weather deter you from your game. There is an old Scottish saying, "Nae wind, nae rain, nae golf."

Click for scenes of the PastureGolf Range at all times of year, in all sorts of weather!

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This Page Updated: November 29, 2011

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