SPICEWOOD, Texas -- One of Willie Nelson's great passions, in addition to music, is golf. There is a course near his home in Central Texas that bears his name, and much like Willie, it's one of kind.
People won't find much of a country club feel out at Willie Nelson's Cut N Putt golf course. People can wear flip flops, bring your dog and play nine holes at about whatever pace suits you. However, that's not to say to say that anything goes.
"There are a lot of local rules, such as players are requested to not clink coins or pass gas when another person is putting and there's no more than 14 allowed in your foursome. I think Willie made all these rules up. One of the old rules I don't see on the card any more probably not as politically correct these days as it once was is no skimpy attire except on women. You're not going to have to worry about country club attire," said Turk Pipkin, longtime friend of Willie Nelson.
The Pedernales Golf Club as it's formally named was built in 1968. Ten years later Willie bought the course and the adjoining recording studio that puts the Cut in Cut and Putt. It's also referred to as the number one tourist destination in Briarcliff.
"I find people come here from all over the world that don't even play golf but they're such Willie fans that they want to leave with some sort of Willie wear or paraphernalia or music or pictures or something to experience the fact that they have some connection to Willie Nelson,” said Fran Szal, of Willie Nelson's Pedernales Golf Club.
Pipkin is connected to Willie in a lot ways. They've made movies, books and music together and on the golf course they've made the rounds for many years.
"In the old days it was a big group and there could be 15 carts out here, 15 people in 15 carts and whoever got to the ball first they generally claim the ball as their own so Willie always said may the man with the fastest cart win. Willie always had the fastest cart,” said Pipkin.
Pipkin jokes that he's gambled $1 million a hole when playing with Willie even though neither of them ever pays up. One thing is for sure: with green fees starting at a measly $12, this rough around the edges course is no cash cow.
Some would say it's a priceless place, with an owner who you may not see there all the time, but you get the feeling he's never far away.