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Art, Grease and Golf: Only in Marble Falls

Putting greens and oil changes at Bernie Sachs’ country club/lube shop

The main criteria for being admitted to the Mustang Lube & Country Club is a good sense of humor—and a putter if you want to hit a few balls while your oil is being changed. Mustang Lube, at 1511 Highway 1431 in Marble Falls, looks pretty much like your ordinary lube shop, but there’s a four-hole golf course—think expansive putting green—in front that can be played eight different ways. New holes are cut every week in the hybrid Bermuda grass, and strategy is affected by changing configurations and degree of difficulty.

There are two road signs: One points east to the Augusta National Golf Club (1,133.2 miles); the other points west to Pebble Beach Golf Links (1,704.8 miles).

While Mustang Lube’s golf amenities fall short of those famous courses—although there is a sand trap—owner Bernie Sachs thinks making customers happy is just as important. “Humor is marketable,” says Sachs, a residential and business member of Pedernales Electric Cooperative. “Why can’t lube changes put a smile on somebody’s face?”

The country club/lube shop has amenities in the waiting room, as well. Sachs, who does some painting himself, is a big fan of Georgia O’Keeffe. So there’s a shelf with volumes of O’Keeffe’s work next to the area where you can sit and wait for your oil change. And then there’s the “gallery” with framed O’Keeffe prints that also serves as the restroom. “You can spend as much time in there as you want,” Sachs says.

This is the second career for Sachs, who spent 37 years in education as a teacher, school superintendent and headmaster. He says he always loved taking care of his own cars. Now he takes care of a lot more. Current patrons should be warned: The golf course may be out of service because it is being remodeled. “We have to keep ahead of Horseshoe Bay Golf Resort,” he says.

For more information, call (830) 798-0153.

Kaye Northcott is the retired editor of Texas Co-op Power.