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.
Course Slope & Ratings
Texas Outside Rating
- Overall Rating:
- 8.6 out of 10
- Fun to Play:
- Front Nine Rating:
- Back Nine Rating:
FEES & AMENITIES
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.
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!
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.