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Buckhorn Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.6

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Comfort
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Date Last Played: August 10, 2010

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Buckhorn Review

Review of Buckhorn Golf Course

The Buckhorn, located on the outskirts of historic Comfort Texas, was designed to take advantage of this part of the Texas Hill Country's elevation changes, clear creeks, stands of live oak, and stunning views of the rolling country hillside.  Buckhorn is a fairly traditional layout with wide forgiving fairways, a playable first cut, large greens, excellent conditions, and minimal hazards.  The course is short with four tee boxes and yardages from 4616 to 6648.  As such, this is a course where you can have a fun, enjoyable, and relaxing round - no tricks, no hidden hazards, and no killer holes - and head home with a good score.  The huge and expansive powerlines are a little annoying and distract from the beautiful scenery.

Austin Golf Magazine summarizes a round at the Buckhorn pretty well by stating: "....6648 yards from the tips with expansive accommodating fairways and large welcoming greens - fun no matter what you shoot."  Some of the holes are side by side and there aren't any homes within sight of the fairways - it's you and nature.  But don't get cocky or over confident, you can still get in some trouble:  

  • if you spray the ball you'll most likely end up lost in the dense natural areas or tree clusters
  • you'll need to pick the right club to avoid the creek cutting across the fairway on number 5 (it's closer than you think) and number 11 and where it protects the green on number 16
  • club selection is very important to manage the elevated tee boxes and greens 
  • some of the holes require proper positioning for a good second or approach shot
  • contouring and slope on the fairway can cause  uneven lies

The fairways and greens were both in near perfect condition when we played.  The fairways are lush and soft and most are slightly uphill or downhill to the green.  The greens are large, most are elevated, and the majority have minor slope and little to no undulation.  They are true and about average speed. 

On the front nine most of the holes are traditional and straightforward, some are side by side, and on most holes you can see the pin.  #5 is a fun one that requires the right club to avoid the creek crossing the fairway and then an accurate shot to a green protected by the lake and a bunker. 

The back nine seems a little prettier, more interesting, and a little more challenging.  Number 14 has a fun roller coaster green; #15 tees off from elevated tee boxes with a fantastic view of the Hill Country (watch out for the creek crossing the fairway) and then heads back uphill to the green; the green on 17 requires and accurate approach shot to avoid the 4 good sized bunkers protecting it; and  #18 is a fun finishing hole with a good sized bunker strategically placed in the middle of the fairway. 

Bottom line - a great value, excellent conditions, and a course that won't beat you up.  You'll have an enjoyable round on the Buckhorn

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,648 71.4 117
Blue 6,155 68.8 113
White 5,561 66.2 106
Red 4,616 66.0 109

Course Information

Course Architect:
Art Schaupeter
Greens Condition
9.5
Greens Difficulty
7.5
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Hilly
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 6 holes and the 29 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.6 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
7.0
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
8.5
Value:
10.0
Condition:
10.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.3
Back Nine Rating:
8.7
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$34.00 to $46.00

The proshop and clubhouse are small but have the basics, the food is very limited, and the range is adequate. Service is good and country friendly.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.