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Playing a "Goat Track"?


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#121 Cajunmike

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 02:30 PM

Pretty much played goat tracks my entire junior career.  It's like weightlifting for your short game.. Can't tell you how many pitch shots I've had to play off dirt to an elevated green from 10 yards.  Bahai grass fairways, greens mowed twice a week, no irrigation or drainage, bunkers never raked or maintained. Never a good lie anywhere. Fun times and cheap. Went to one of these courses one day and someone had top dressed the greens with bag dirt from a hardware store. Yup it had mulch pieces in it. Was like playing plinko.


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 11:01 PM

About 80% of the goat track that I started playing on was bulldozed and totally overhauled.

The before price back in the late 80's for a season pass was $70 per year for non-residents, $50 for city residents. and annual locker fee was $5.  My average cost per round was less than the cost of gas to and from the course.
The original course had tee boxes that were hardpan clay.  A small phillips screwdriver was clipped to my bag.  The screwdriver was used to make holes in the tee box to put your tee into.
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Greens were the slowest I've ever played on.

The current course retains most of the original first hole and most of a par 5 from the original back 9.  Greens run at a descent pace. The course now hosts a symetra tour event.
There no longer are season passes.  Greens fees are still reasonable with resident rates of $ 22 and nonresidents at $ 31
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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:48 PM

I play a "goat track" in Reynolds, ga (not to be confused with Reynolds plantation) when visiting family down there and it is the true definition of a goat track.  The only way you can get a good lie is if you tee it up on a ant hill.  You have no idea where the fairway is because everything looks the same.  The outfit of choice for most members either involves a cutoff or something camo.  With that said the people are the nicest ever and literally every round is a party!
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Posted 15 August 2017 - 10:15 AM

New goat track in Texas. Quail Prairie Golf Club just opened last week and hosted its first tournament Saturday. If anyone is ever travelling between Houston and Corpus Christi, PM me to get on.

Quail Prairie is a real pasture course. Three holes and four tee boxes makes ten different holes. Par 33. 1885 yards. This is an irons only course. Longest hole is a 325 yd par 4, and the holes were cut to the diameter of a 30 gallon drum. No putting. You get two club lengths from every lie, but no gimmees.
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Posted 19 August 2017 - 02:36 PM

 johnmeany, on 27 September 2016 - 05:22 PM, said:

Hominy Hill in Central NJ. Muni course that has had a few USGA public links championships. Doesn't look like much from the road but a really fun and challenging track that plays over 7000, and a very hilly course as well, but still an easy walk. Could really be something special, but it's not given a lot of funding.

Wow, you have high standards if you consider Hominy a goat track.  Growing up on the Jersey Shore in the '80s, we always spoke of Hominy in hushed tones.  It was a better course than the very exclusive private club where I worked.

Before I got the job at that club and played all the golf I could fit in on Mondays and weeknights, I'd play real Monmouth County goat tracks like Colonial Terrace (Colonial Terror) and Bel-Aire.  My high school team played at Shark River (another GT).  So many fond memories of the Shark.  I'd love to play it again, but my family and I have all moved away and I'm never in the area anymore.

I play most of my golf at a 4,600 yard course with a course rating of 62-ish that most here would consider a goat track, although it's in decent shape.  It's a First Tee course, and as a volunteer coach, my kids and I play it for free.  It keeps me playing quite a bit of golf, and since I have to shoot virtually zero to move my handicap, my handicap does travel somewhat decently.  When I do pay to play, I don't feel very guilty about it.  It's actually a decent course from the back tees for my HS daughter.  The greens are usually very puttable; the greenskeeper will get them running a little quick when the weather will allow it.  Some of the mounds have lost their grass and turned to hardpan/dirt, but you're not supposed to be there anyway, are you?  The people there are just phenomenal.  They're not there to be seen; they're there because they freaking love the game of golf.

I've loved this thread, and there are some of you that I think I'd have a blast playing with.


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Posted 19 August 2017 - 07:51 PM

Goat tracks are my bread and butter. I love them. My favorite course is cardinal hills in Selma, Indiana and I would play this course over Any other if it was my last round of my life. Family owned and operated and always the kindest and friendliest staff I've ever witnessed. The course it tougher than it looks and it has postage stamps greens. I cut my teeth there as a kid and I'll always cherish it. I highly recommend anyone to check it out
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Posted 21 August 2017 - 09:07 PM

Course near me, by no means a goat track, actually one of my favourite layouts, super interesting, very mountainous, lots of natural creeks and dams for hazards, just a superb layout. Unfortunately, due to its location and mediocre greenskeeping, the place exists in relative anonymity. My dad and I probably play there once a fortnight, and we always get the best service, super quick rounds, and a great game despite the hit and miss fairways/greens. One time we went there during their club champs, and my word, it was unreal. Green rolling 12+ and smooth, fairways mowed beautifully, that was something else. Point is, for $30, dad and i get a superb round of golf with the course to ourselves, just because others look down on this "goat track" so never be afraid to tackle the goat once or twice 🤗🤗
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Posted 27 August 2017 - 05:22 PM

 UGA111384, on 11 August 2017 - 12:48 PM, said:

I play a "goat track" in Reynolds, ga (not to be confused with Reynolds plantation) when visiting family down there and it is the true definition of a goat track.  The only way you can get a good lie is if you tee it up on a ant hill.  You have no idea where the fairway is because everything looks the same.  The outfit of choice for most members either involves a cutoff or something camo.  With that said the people are the nicest ever and literally every round is a party!
Reynolds golf course! I don't think I've ever met staff so friendly in my life. And as an outsider, I've never made more friends during a round of golf before. Everyone made you feel like family and it made up for the horrible shape the course was in. I will go back the next time I'm in that area of Georgia!

Goat tracks are my specialty and I'm proud of it! I started out traveling the country for work 3 years ago and I was hitting up the most expensive and most popular courses I could find. Hit a couple on the top 100 list as well. But spending so much money to play every time got old real quick. I always play as a single because I travel alone so a course that allows singles and is laid back is what I enjoy the most. You give me 4 times a week at a goat track versus 1 time at a top 100 and I'll take the goat track every time for the same amount of money. I'm the laid back guy so they suit me well when I'm on the road working plus I enjoy a meal after I play and a burger or hot dog and a beer is my kind of meal as opposed to caviar. Goat tracks for life!
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Posted 27 August 2017 - 09:02 PM

 bcpudge7, on 11 September 2016 - 07:47 AM, said:

There's a public course in BG that has the potential to be a great public course, but has the reputation of being a cheap course, so it's kept like a cheap course.

Would love to see it taken over and made nicer

 bcpudge7, on 11 September 2016 - 07:47 AM, said:

There's a public course in BG that has the potential to be a great public course, but has the reputation of being a cheap course, so it's kept like a cheap course.

Would love to see it taken over and made nicer

BGKY?  If so, which one?
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Posted 27 September 2017 - 11:28 AM

 hardcorelooper, on 19 August 2017 - 02:36 PM, said:

 johnmeany, on 27 September 2016 - 05:22 PM, said:

Hominy Hill in Central NJ. Muni course that has had a few USGA public links championships. Doesn't look like much from the road but a really fun and challenging track that plays over 7000, and a very hilly course as well, but still an easy walk. Could really be something special, but it's not given a lot of funding.

Wow, you have high standards if you consider Hominy a goat track.  Growing up on the Jersey Shore in the '80s, we always spoke of Hominy in hushed tones.  It was a better course than the very exclusive private club where I worked.

Before I got the job at that club and played all the golf I could fit in on Mondays and weeknights, I'd play real Monmouth County goat tracks like Colonial Terrace (Colonial Terror) and Bel-Aire.  My high school team played at Shark River (another GT).  So many fond memories of the Shark.  I'd love to play it again, but my family and I have all moved away and I'm never in the area anymore.

I play most of my golf at a 4,600 yard course with a course rating of 62-ish that most here would consider a goat track, although it's in decent shape.  It's a First Tee course, and as a volunteer coach, my kids and I play it for free.  It keeps me playing quite a bit of golf, and since I have to shoot virtually zero to move my handicap, my handicap does travel somewhat decently.  When I do pay to play, I don't feel very guilty about it.  It's actually a decent course from the back tees for my HS daughter.  The greens are usually very puttable; the greenskeeper will get them running a little quick when the weather will allow it.  Some of the mounds have lost their grass and turned to hardpan/dirt, but you're not supposed to be there anyway, are you?  The people there are just phenomenal.  They're not there to be seen; they're there because they freaking love the game of golf.

I've loved this thread, and there are some of you that I think I'd have a blast playing with.

The current Goat Track down there now is Cedar Creek GC in Bayville lol  Horrible.


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 01:32 PM

North shore Long island's Rolling Oaks. In Rocky Point.

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 07:28 PM

Goat tracks are like your favorite watering hole that is the diviest of dive bars, but it has that intangible charm.
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Posted 29 December 2017 - 06:15 AM

Goat tracks are my specialty and I'm proud of it! I started out traveling the country for work 3 years ago and I was hitting up the most expensive and most popular courses I could find. Hit a couple on the top 100 list as well. But spending so much money to play every time got old real quick. I always play as a single because I travel alone so a course that allows singles and is laid back is what I enjoy the most. You give me 4 times a week at a goat track versus 1 time at a top 100 and I'll take the goat track every time for the same amount of money. I'm the laid back guy so they suit me well when I'm on the road working plus I enjoy a meal after I play and a burger or hot dog and a beer is my kind of meal as opposed to caviar. Goat tracks for life!

Hey John, love your story. When I first started playing golf I used to travel in the outback quite a bit so I often drove past goat tracks in the middle of nowhere. On long summer evenings there was nothing better than stopping off for a solitary round with the local kangaroos as my gallery and then downing a beer as the sun went down. It was a good life .

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 04:40 AM

I have had some of my most enjoyable rounds on goat tracks! I once played a quirky little course on Whidbey Island in Washington state because I was on my way to a retreat and had some time to spare with my clubs in my trunk. I was all alone, paid via an envelope and the honor system, and had a blast walking among the trees while having a relaxing round. There was no curb appeal to this place, rather it was the enjoyment of the game and the need to take care of my golfing itch that took me out there.
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Posted 05 January 2018 - 10:40 AM

goat tracks have character!  some folks gotta have an immaculate course or they wont play...and they spend a lot of time ripping courses not in perfect condition, but their favorite is kinda boring to play...

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 11:08 AM

The old course off Gilman Springs Rd in Moreno Valley. They didn't have water, but kept the tee boxes and greens watered with a water truck. Buddy and I went out there to play, decided what the hell, we are here, lets play. We had the course to ourselves.Actually learned a lot that day and had a good time. Just checked google maps, and the place looks abandoned now. Too bad. It was actually a pretty nice layout.

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 06:47 PM

View PostArgonne69, on 06 May 2016 - 09:54 AM, said:

View PostSean2, on 30 April 2016 - 05:25 PM, said:

I've rare play well manicured golf courses. Though I must admit I have never seen any goats on the courses I play either. I don't know if that's good or bad. I mean, if the goats are avoiding them...

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 01:44 AM

Recently took a vacation to the North Shore on O'ahu. Couldn't decide if I wanted to pony up the money for turtle Bay, decided against it and ended up playing 9 holes on a oceanside goat track(not sure I've heard that before) in Kahuku. Best $19 I've spent, great walk, beautiful views and a pretty fun course.

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