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Rockbridge, OH

As golf collectors, historians and traditionalists, we advocate old time, low cost, simple golf courses believing that they can be just as memorable (and fun to play) as their more expensive counterparts.  Historically, the earliest golf courses were not built, but rather, “discovered” as golfers selected small flat areas to serve as “greens,” many of which were pure sand without grass.  These early courses varied from five to twenty-five holes, the most famous example of which is the Old Course at St. Andrews which played for a century with twelve holes, was expanded to twenty-two, and finally reduced to eighteen. In America, even North Carolina’s famed Pinehurst Country Club started in 1894 with sand greens and nine holes, and wasn't grassed until 40 years later.   In this spirit, and nestled in the beautiful rolling hills and meadowlands on Glenlaurel’s Estate in the Hocking Hills is our eight hole design “The Scottish Links at Glenlaurel”; our first authentic sand green links-type golf course.  Golfers there experience a practical interpretation reminiscent of Scottish golf from over 100 years ago, while playing on actual sand greens and tees and using original Hickory Shaft Clubs and sand tees.  Aside from historical novelty, another merit of sand greens and tees is that they are environmentally benign in that they require no water, fertilizer, pesticides, or energy sources to maintain.  Navigating through the golf course, players will use golf balls that are designed to travel half the distance of today’s ball and mimic the rules of golf in that era… ever so enhancing the game as it was meant to be played a century ago.  The gently rolling grass fairways and pasture grasses are accented by occasional old stone fence as found in Scotland. There are so many ways to play Glenlaurel Links that golfers will never tire of it, and with the intentional omission of par from the scorecard, is our rebuttal to the famed quote "golf is a good walk spoiled".