Playing a "Goat Track"?
Posted 22 July 2017 - 11:01 PM
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.
The front nine had riding carts. The back 9 had no riding carts, and you couldn't use a pull cart. I tried a pull cart which broke after a week. The back 9 had footpaths thru brushy areas that looked more like deer trails or cow paths.
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
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Posted 15 August 2017 - 10:15 AM
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 - 07:51 PM
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Posted 21 August 2017 - 09:07 PM
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Posted 27 August 2017 - 05:22 PM
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
Would love to see it taken over and made nicer
Would love to see it taken over and made nicer
BGKY? If so, which one?
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 01:32 PM
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Posted 29 December 2017 - 06:15 AM
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 .
Posted 30 December 2017 - 04:40 AM
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Putter: Edel Damascus
Posted 05 January 2018 - 10:40 AM
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Posted 08 February 2018 - 11:08 AM
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Posted 01 March 2018 - 10:52 AM
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Posted 06 March 2018 - 09:16 AM
I played this course again yesterday, and was pleasantly surprised. Mondays, every private except one is closed, so me and a buddy decided to take a chance on old Nueva Vista. Played the tips at just under 7000 yds expecting the hard fairways and were pleasantly surprised to see that with some rain and management of cart traffic, they have gotten lots of grass to grow in the fairways and even got some native grasses to take hold on some of the mounds that used to be hardpan. Greens were pretty smooth and rolling at about 8-9. Holes you typically bombed driver and had a chip for eagle are now driver, 8 iron, and par 5's played like a par 5 and not bomb driver and iron in. Still weeds everywhere, some patches of hardpan here and there and some areas on the greens that are bumpy, but a massive improvement. And so much fun. And honestly, if there weren't some "goaty" aspects still around id be a little disappointed lol. If youre ever in west Texas and want a close experience to Open-rota style golf, especially if the wind is up, try it out for $30.
Posted 06 March 2018 - 10:49 PM
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Posted 11 March 2018 - 12:48 PM
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Posted 14 March 2018 - 08:15 PM
Posted 18 March 2018 - 07:00 AM
Donald Ross design, state owned... No irrigation. It's like playing on the moon
Sad though, some money and the place would be stellar!
I love this place! True Goat Track, especially in the dry summer, where there is more dirt/dust than grass on the fairways. Agree, I few $ and this place would be awesome, as it has great terrain. Every hole is unique.
Posted 18 March 2018 - 07:46 AM
Growing up in Piedmont NC we had a bunch of them scattered out and I have played a bunch. The course my old man ran would be considered semi Goat Ranch. Never had irrigation in the fairways and they were hard and rough in the summer but the greens were always good. Most of those old courses in that area are gone now sans a couple. One of my favorites is an old ranch up next to Mount Holly NC called Green Meadows. I played up there a couple of years ago and trust me the clubhouse and surroundings have not changed in 45 years. Thoroughly enjoyed myself.
About 35 years ago when I played the Mini Tours I played an event in Texas can not remember exactly where it was. That course had sand greens that were oiled down and rolled. Man they were fast and true. They had a local rule that you could change balls between putts because the ball would get black. They had a animal drinking trough between each green a tee with brushes and dish washing detergent to wash your ball off. You could also move the ball any where within two club lengths to find a cabbage patch to put your ball on. But it was fun.
Down here in this Golf Mecca we did have a few goat ranches on this end . Off the tourist track as we said. In fact most of the locals during the spring and fall tourist golf seasons would play them to escape the "TOURONS". Sadly most of them have closed down because they were more valuable here to put houses on than to stay a golf course
Just something about playing a Goat Ranch with vintage clubs appeals to me and is more fun to me than playing a Top 100 course with new stuff
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