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Owners, players like country feel of Pasco's Triple S Golf Ranch

DADE CITY

Everything is behind this name. At Triple S Golf Ranch, it makes perfect sense why there are three Ss and why this golf ranch is not a golf club.

"Everyone who comes out here, we treat them like they are at home," course manager Nancy Smith said. "Golfers pretty much can make themselves at home. We're country out here and we like that. Its what makes our course different."

Triple S is owned and operated by the Smith family — three Smith brothers, of whom the superintendent is Nancy's husband. It is appropriately called a ranch, not only because the Smiths proudly claim the course is country, but because of the laid-back atmosphere at the course. Its not a country club setting, so it's more of, well, a ranch, in which there are even tying posts and wagons on the grounds.

"Very country is what we are," Smith said. "Why deny it?"

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 a.m., Triple S hosts a quota game, which includes skins pots as well as a hole-in-one pot. Golfers put in money and hope to walk away with a pocketful of cash.

Such as Frank Fortner, who bagged a hole-in-one, taking home $1,000, and that's not the first one. Shirley Dally first bagged one, winning more than $800, and Mayo Karpe, his second one.

No matter who's hitting the links, they probably will be out there with, perhaps, a cowboy hat and with a piece of straw in their mouth.

Either way, the Smiths are home on the range.

"The cool thing about this group is that everyone is laid back, but then everyone is friendly," Smith said. "We can have a stranger come in and play (the quota game) and they'll treat you just like you're one of the guys."

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Triple S Golf Ranch

Where: 17751 U.S. 301 N., Dade City

Par: 71

For more info on upcoming events at the course, call (352) 567-6622.

Owners, players like country feel of Pasco's Triple S Golf Ranch 04/28/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 2:13pm]

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