2014 Cow Pasture Golf Classic Follow-up
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When the Dublin Historical Society began plans for the Ben Hogan Museum, the first order of business was to raise funds. The question became: what event can we offer which ties to our goal of telling the Hogan story?
The obvious answer was a golf tournament but without a golf course in Dublin, some creativity was required. One of Dublin’s most unique “claims to fame” is that Mr. Hogan at the age of 17 won one of his last amateur events just four miles from the site of the new museum at what was then the Dublin-DeLeon Golf Links and Country Club. That sand greens course was closed at the start of World War II and was never reopened. All that remains on what is now cow pasture are a few remnants of the original tee boxes and a picture of Mr. Hogan’s first place trophy, dated 1929, which is now on display at the USGA Museum in Far Hills, NJ.
With a spirit of adventure and historic perspective, the directors began plans for the first Cow Pasture Golf Classic and asked for the permission of land owners Clay and Scott Estes for the one-time, single day event. The course was laid out as close as possible to what it was in 1929, based on tee box debris, logic and vague memories of the old-timers.
What the planners did not expect was the overwhelming enthusiasm of the first-year participants in spite of high temperatures, rough terrain, hazards which included “deposits” by the cattle which had been removed from the pasture only days before, and a large population of grasshoppers.
What was born that first year was an annual tradition at what is now known as “Ben Hogan’s Long Forgotten Fairways.” (See YouTube video.)
The course is the great equalizer and hackers have the same chance as serious golfers. Terrain is too rough for most golf carts and participants bring jeeps and ATVs or just comfortable shoes for walking. One year, a group of women strapped their golf bags onto saddles and participated on horseback.
2013 Event Video
2012 Event Video
Cow Pasture Golf 2012 - photos by www.plan-itink.com
Cow Pasture Golf 2011