Bring a golf club and a sense of humor
The kindest thing you can say about Cow Pasture golfers is that they are creative. You could also say they are crazy.
On Saturday, June 1, for the fourth year, golfers (skilled and not so much) will converge on the old Dublin-DeLeon Golf Links four miles west of Dublin on Hwy. 6. Don’t be confused: this is NOT a working golf course. It is a working cow pasture, and all that that implies.
But the cause is a good one and the history is amazing.
Back in 1929, when fledgling golfer Ben Hogan was trying to make his way into professional golf, he returned to his childhood home in Dublin to play – and win – the Dublin-DeLeon golf tournament. It was significant because it was his last amateur event before he turned pro. The trophy he won on that hot August day at the age of 17 is now on display at the USGA Museum in Far Hills, N.J.
The course, like many others, closed at the start of World War II and never reopened. Today, the cow pasture is known as Ben Hogan’s Forgotten Fairways. Its current four-legged residents pay very little attention to the golfers who, one day each year, invade the 9-hole “course” which is not for the faint of heart. Affectionately known as putt-putt on steroids, the course is complete with the kind of hazards that result from having cows on the “fairways and greens,” as well as some sturdy native grass, weeds and cacti.
Golfers bring all-terrain vehicles, Jeeps, even horses. Event organizers say don’t bring your best golf clubs but do bring a sense of humor and a spirit of adventure.
The format is four-person scramble and entries will be limited to the first 18 teams so participants will be off the course by the time temperatures get high. The group will then convene at the downtown Rotary Building for a barbecue lunch, trophy presentation, beverages and free tours of the Ben Hogan Museum across the street.
Jeff Miller, a Dallas-based sports writer, will be on hand to autograph his new book, “Grown at Glen Garden: Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, and the Little Texas Golf Course that Propelled Them to Stardom.” The book recounts the early days of the golf stars to their pro careers, introducing many of the people who were behind the legends. The book is packed with stories from Dublin and Mr. Hogan’s early days.
Entry fee is $50 per person and checks should be addressed to the Ben Hogan Museum and mailed to PO Box 104, Dublin TX 76446.
For more information or to view videos from previous events, check out http://www.BenHoganMuseum.org or email BenHoganMuseum@gmail.com. You may also call 254 445-1919 for a brochure.