Janis and I had to visit the golf course, just for fun.
If you like to golf, or want to visit the golf course, and support a good cause, here’s an upcoming chance:
While enjoying a day off Sunday before Willie Nelson’s upcoming performance in Henderson, Nevada, some of Willie’s Road Crew hit the links at the Westin Resort and Spa where Nelson was appearing. Windy conditions greeted the musical fivesome, but amazingly, just two days after his 64th birthday, crew member, Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt had the best round of his life. Despite the 30 to 40 mph winds that blew the crew all day, it helped Mr. Prewitt card not only his personal best, but miraculously one shot off the course record (63) held by Jesper Parnevick.
His amazing 8 under par (64) matches his age. Round highlights include only 3 missed fairways, 1 shot played from the sand, he required 21 putts for the round including 14 one putt holes. He even had two bogeys, but offset them nicely with eight birdies and an amazing eagle on the signature 547 yard, 13th hole, where his second shot ricocheted off the Drink cart, rolling to within 8 inches of the hole.
It was his first ever sub par round. He has been playing golf 52 years. The 15 handicapper had a previous low round of 79 in 1986.
Prewitt, dressed in a red Callaway hat, a blue and white Callaway Shirt, credited Callaway Golf for the clubs, hats, shirts, and balls, thanked his playing partners, and said that during the round that he had the Beatles song “When I’m Sixty Four” playing over and over in his head. He also said he felt like he was in heaven all day and then added he dreamed something similar not too long ago.
Nelson played to a sold out audience Monday Night at the Westin Resort and Spa kicking off their 2014 Spring Music Series.
It was a whole lot easier to get older than it was to get wise
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Oh, we have had a lot of fun at that golf course. Even for us non-golfers like Janis and me, we’d hike all over, drive golf cart all over, get lost (one minute we’re on the golf course, the next we’re in somebody’s driveway). Good times.
Jeremy Tepper and Dallas Wayne hijacked our golf cart one day and took it for a spin. (No charges were filed, we settled out of court.)
Photo credit: Christina Fajardo
Booker T Jones and Willie at Willie’s Cut ‘n Putt Golf Course and Recording Studio. (Photo Courtesy of Christina Fajardo)Booker T Jones and Willie at Willie’s Cut ‘n Putt Golf Course and Recording Studio. (Photo Courtesy of Christina Fajardo)
“It’s the absolutely perfect temperature for golf here in Willie World” — Budrock “the Illuminator” Prewitt
Buddy sent this photo and invitation early this morning. I’m too far away, but if you live in Austin and golf, what a nice place to spend the morning.
807 Paisey Drive
Spicewood, Texas 78669
by: Michael Stewart
NAPLES, Fla. — This week’s syndicated Where to Play Golf Radio Show’s “Featured Destination” is Pedernales Golf Club owned by country music legend Willie Nelson. You’ll hear lots of funny stories about “Willie’s Place”, which is located in Spicewood, Texas and only 8 songs or (5 beers) from Austin.
Our “Golf Vacation of the Week” highlights “thee” best place to stay if you’re coming to the PGA Show in Orlando or just for a vacation.
We also have an award winning special segment of “Golf: It’s a Crime” hosted by Michael Stewart and Where to Play Golf’s NBC/ABC Anchorman Mike Robinson.
In addition, Where to Play Golf’s traveling correspondent Tim Bona joins us live from the Sony Open in Hawaii with a special Mai-Tai “Drink of the Week” and we feature some great “New Products” including the www.shedrain.com WindPro umbrella.
Finally, “The Golf Doctor” Mike Calbot provides some playing tips from the brand new Where to Play Golf 50+ Senior Golf School in Naples, Fl.
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Produced by AMFM Magazine (amfmstudiosnews.com)
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by Turk Pipman
It’s been 30-something years since I teed my first ball at Pedernales Golf Club, Willie Nelson’s scrappy nine-hole course overlooking the Pedernales River. Willie and friends were watching as I choked down my nerves and managed to smack a drive down the fairway. That was the first of maybe a thousand rounds at Pedernales in which I’ve won and lost millions of pesos, lost and never found hundreds of golf balls, and heard and forgotten countless great jokes.
Though few seem to know it, Willie’s course is open to the public and one of the best deals in town. Where else can you bring your own cooler and also have a chance of seeing the red-headed stranger make a long one-handed putt?
Golf at Pedernales can be a wild ride. The fairways are rough and the greens are slow, but when I’m at Willie’s, I always feel like I’m playing the old-school game I learned as a kid, and I’m generally with my best and longest standing friends. Last year’s drought was hard on the course, but Willie called me up recently and said, “We’re working on the golf course to get it in the best shape we can, so spread the word and tell folks that Pedernales is open for business.”
I could tell you more, but thought Willie could do it better. So in Willie’s words, here are a few choice thoughts from the golf chapter in The Tao of Willie, a lovely little book Willie and I published awhile back. Take it away, Willie.
Pedernales Golf In Willie’s Words
Golf isn’t just a game—it’s an addiction. Think of it as the crack cocaine of sports. Like most addictions, doing it more doesn’t necessarily make you any better at it, it just makes you want more. My longest-running game has been at Pedernales Country Club, the nine-hole course I own in the hills outside of Austin. The course is a little rocky, but the greens roll true, and no one’s ever going to tell you to tuck in your shirttail at my course. I first saw Pedernales playing in a celebrity tournament in the mid-’70s, and a couple of years later, another guy and I bought it. For years, the standard game at Pedernales was somewhere between five and 15 of us in an equal number of carts, all of us racing from shot to shot claiming whatever ball we found as our own. The general philosophy was: May the man with the fastest cart win. Needless to say, I had a pretty fast cart.
If you never have a bad lie, you never have to tell a bad lie.
If you’re unhappy with your lie at Pedernales, you’ve got no one to blame but yourself. We have a local rule called the Pedernales Stroll, which lets you lift your ball from a rocky lie and stroll it someplace greener. Ireland would be a little far, but otherwise, I recommend that you drop the ball within one length of your arm.
People want to know everything about the golf swing, but my golf pro Larry Trader always told me to “just hit the ball.” Little kids usually hit it great the first swing. Lots of people do. But when they start getting instruction, it all goes to hell.
It’s always better if you get a pro to tell you everything you’re doing wrong. You can still keep doing it, but at least you’ll know it’s wrong.
Golf is the last thing you should get mad about. The way I see it, if I play well, I’ll have bested my opponent. If I want to play better, the way to do it is through positive thinking. Talk to yourself, be your own best friend, be the coach you always wanted in school. If I continue to play bad, then what the hell—maybe I’ll make my opponent feel better about his game. Either way, we’ll be out under a beautiful sky, and my enjoyment of the hole, the game and the day is not going to be dictated by something as haphazard as a golf swing.
With that in mind, I’ll offer the two essential secrets of golf:
Don’t lunge before you lurch.
The game of golf is not that different than the game of life.
Play to your strengths and try not to get too wrapped up in the outcome. Let things happen and someday you’ll make a hole in one. I’m the living proof of that. And like I always say, you can’t lose ’em all.
Thanks to Janis from Texas and Budrock Prewitt for sending photos from the Pedernales Golf Club yesterday, where she was on hand helping to set up for the tournament today. Yesterday, the crew worked hard, setting up a stage.
a rare moment of sitting down
by: Brian Sanders
BRIARCLIFF, Texas (KXAN) – Say this for Willie Nelson: He never seems to be in much of a hurry.
And the country music legend’s latest business venture is a case in point. After 33 years of owning a nine-hole golf course on the property in the village of Briarcliff that he calls his “World Headquarters,” Nelson is finally opening up the greens to the public.
But not necessarily the serious-golfing public. Like just about everything else he does, Willie plays golf by his own rules.
“If you are a real good golfer, and really concerned about how you score, you might want to go to another course,” Nelson told KXAN this week in an exclusive tour of his World Headquarters.
He described the course as “cooler friendly.” And if you’re wondering about the dress code, there is none.
“Bikinis only,” he laughed. “No more than 12 in a foursome. And if you never have a bad lie then you never have to tell a bad lie.”
The gateway to the course is a piece of ground Nelson named Luck, Texas. And a visit there is like walking on to a movie set. In fact, it was. it was built for Nelson’s move, “Red Headed Stranger” then then used again in the TV miniseries “Lonesome Dove”.
Inside though, is a snapshot of Willie’s music career, complete with a recording studio and countless memories hanging on the walls.
Nelson bought the Cut-N-Putt Golf Course out of bankruptcy in 1979. The the idea for opening the golf course is to offset the expense of keeping up Luck.
“Well, I started looking at all my bills and things and decided, better have something make money,” Nelson said. “I’ve got a bunch of horses over here that cost a lot of money, I’ve got a golf course that costs a lot of money.
“I thought, well let see if we can make enough money on the golf course to pay for the horses.”
On Saturday, Nelson will round up a few friends for his first “Celebrity Golf Tournament” to officially open the course to the public.
He said “officially” because, “I never barred people from playing.”
“Anybody that showed up over there could rent a cart, pay your green fees and play,” he said. “So, this is just our way of letting them know, ‘C’mon and play if you want to.'”
Saturday’s will have it’s own set of rules – like speed golf, six-man scrambles, live music all day and a round of night golf.
“You just get one of those balls that glows in the dark,” he said, “and hit it that way.”
Join Willie Nelson on June 30th to celebrate the re-opening of his Texas Hill Country 9-hole golf course to the public and give back to Central Texas at the same time. Willie is hosting the 1st Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament on June 30th at the Pedernales Cut N Putt Golf Club. The tournament will benefit four central Texas charities: Pedernales Fire Department, Helping Hands Ministries of Spicewood, The Children’s Music Foundation of Austin, and RunTex Carrozza Foundation.
The event will include various golf options, food, and an all day concert.. Celebrities and local personalities scheduled to attend include Willie Nelson, Josh Grider, Greg Hamilton, Sonny Throckmorton, Amy Nelson, Bobby Boyd, Ray Benson and Earl Campbell.
A silent auction will begin at 11 a.m. with many special one-of-a-kind items , including donations from Willie Nelson, RunTex, Capital of Texas Stoneworks,BeautyStoreDepot.com,
Adara Salon, Martha League-Calhoun Gallery, Photographer Christopher Durst, Earl Campbell, and Coach Darrell Royal. With help from current sponsors, RFDTV, RURALTV, Clair, Guitar Charlie, Florida Coach, Texas Roadhouse, Live Nation, The Backyard, Bad Boy Mowers, Mary Janes, and Music One Live, the event will be a success for all four charities.
The golfing events of the day start with three Shotgun Willie starts, speed golf at 10 a.m. followed by two rounds of six man 9-hole scrambles. The day will end with a friendly Night Life Golf competition to begin after a beautiful Hill Country sunset. Shine your tshirt, walking shoes and golf bags and register early or you will certainly miss the first of many.
The tournament will also feature live music all day long. The line up of the many musicians that have volunteered their time and talents, include Paula Nelson, Sonny Throckmorton, Folk Uke, Zach Edwards, Jeena & Her Band of Brothers, Billy Joe Shaver and Jamey Johnson. Stay tuned for more artists to be added.
Willie Nelson’s 1st Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held on June 30th, 2012 at Pedernales Cut N Putt in Spicewood, Texas. Register and purchase tickets now at www.willienelsongolftournament.com to guarantee attendance to this memorable event.
Everyone is urged to bring can goods and non-perishable food items for the Helping Hands Crisis Ministries food bank. The Tournament is still accepting all levels of sponsors and auction items. If you or your business is interested in making a donation email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Pedernales Fire Department:
Pedernales Fire Department / Travis County Emergency
Services District #8 provides Fire & EMS to the south Lake Travis Area including the Pedernales Valley and Briarcliff, Travis County, Texas, USA. We are a combination
career & volunteer department
Helping Hand Crisis Ministry of Spicewood:
The Helping Hand Crisis Ministry of Spicewood provides humanitarian services to those in need that live in the Spicewood, Texas area.
Children’s Music Foundation: The Children’s Music Foundation provide free musical instruments, music lessons, and musical performances to children who wouldn’t otherwise have access. From songwriting, to drumming, and, everything in between, TCMF enriches lives through music. http://thechildrensmusicfoundation.org
RunTex Carrozza Foundation: The RunTex Carrozza Foundation was started in 2003 in Austin, Texas and is dedicated to involvement with Childrens’ fitness and overall health. Born To Run, an innovative children’s fitness program reaches nearly 3500 Central Texas children.
Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Cut N Putt Golf Course: Pedernales Cut N Putt is a beautiful nine-hole course spanning the hill-tops near the Pedernales River in western Travis County, Texas. It’s just 8 songs away from Austin. Owned by Willie Nelson and operated by Pro, Fran Szal, the Golf Club is more than just a beautiful course; it’s a relaxing and refreshing divergence from the formal country club scene. The rules here are a little different. We play golf here to have fun, and as you would expect, a lot of fun is had by all.