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At Willie Nelson’s Cut N Put, you can wear flip-flops, set your own pace, and have as many as 12 in your foursome.

Meghan Overdeep
April 30, 2018

About 30 miles northwest of Austin, Texas, in a small town called Spicewood, sits Pedernales Golf Club, a one-of-a-kind nine-hole golf course owned by a one-of-a-kind man.

Unlike most golf courses, here, at Willie Nelson’s Cut N Put, there are very few rules. You can wear flip-flops, set your own pace, and have as many as 12 in your foursome. Heck, you can even bring your dog.

Nelson—yes that Nelson—sets the par for each hole, and encourages levity and drinking on the course, though “passing gas” and “excessive displays of affection” are frowned upon. Needless to say, you probably won’t find Sergio Garcia here, though Woody Harrelson and Billy Bob Thornton are counted amongst the club’s frequent visitors.

"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,” Fran Szal, the course’s manager, recently told Spectrum News Austin.

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Nelson purchased the Pedernales Golf Club and the adjoining recording studio that puts the “cut” in Cut N Putt, in 1978. Nelson reportedly intended to use the rocky property as a retreat for friends and family, and is said to split time between here and his other homes.

Unfortunately Nelson, 85, doesn’t work there, though sometimes he can be found playing a round or two on the patchy course. But with $12 green fees, everyone agrees that it’s worth it just to experience the game through Nelson’s eyes, and maybe, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the man himself.