Some call it their favorite golf tournament of the year, and Dublin home owners are no different. It’s fun to open up their city to serious and silly golfers who compete not only against each other, but also with the cows on their course.
Back in the day, cows were cleared from the pasture at the nine-hole Dublin-De Leon Golf Country Club the Friday before the Cow Pasture Golf Classic began on Saturday. But these days, tournament officials just let the cows remain. Karen Wright, executive director of the Dublin Economic Development Corp. and a member of the charity golf tournament’s committee, notes, “We get such great pictures, the cows standing there, watching the golfers. They’re like pets. They used to just follow behind us and pull the flags out of the holes and knock the signs down.”
The tournament has blossomed into a popular golf outing for men and women who get a kick out of golfing amid the cows. It’s totally casual; some golfers wear jeans and some wear chaps because there is no formal dress code. People come from all over to participate, including the Ben Hogan Foundation, who bussed in golfers from Fort Worth nearly 70 miles away.
The Dublin golf club is far from pretentious with its sand greens and random golf holes, but that’s what happens when a golf course has been abandoned for over 70 years. Dublin residents and area businesses come together to make the Cow Pasture Classic a success each year, and 2012 was no different. The event was an overwhelming success, and participants can’t wait for next year to get out on the course and play with the cows watching their every move.
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