About on-mountain golf | AspenTimes.com

About on-mountain golf

A few weeks ago I read an article about extreme golfing on Snowmass Mountain and want to remind everyone that this was not the first golf tournament played down a mountain.

In the mid-1980s, Craig Jacobic, Peter Banning and Jack Moyes founded “The Cow Pie Classic” on Buttermilk Mountain. The “tournament” was played from the top to the bottom of Buttermilk. Over 30 people participated, and the tournament was held for at least five years.

The rules were simple: two clubs and six golf balls per player were allowed. If you landed in a hard cow pie, you were given a free drop. If you landed in a soft cow pie, you had to play it.

Orange highway cones designated the holes, and a bamboo ski racing pole and flag was inserted in the center of the cone. Each pole had a 20-foot string attached to it, and the 20-foot circumference marked the hole. If your ball landed closer than 20 feet to the pole, you were awarded the hole. Beer and schnapps were provided at selected holes, and the event was followed by lunch and prizes at the bottom.

Winners were determined by who had the fewest strokes and most golf balls left over. Those were the good ole days.

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