Country star Willie Nelson opened his Texas ranch and private golf course to the public on Sunday (30OCT05) to raise funds for his friend Kinky Friedman's political campaign.

DUKES OF HAZZARD star Nelson raised an estimated $170,000 (GBP95,000) which he hopes will help Friedman reach the $5 million (GBP2.8 million) he needs to stand as an independent candidate for Texas Governor.

Nine contributors paid $5,000 (GBP2,800) for just one round of golf with Nelson, Friedman and former independent Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.