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Troy Burne Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.2

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 71
Hudson, WI
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Date Last Played: June 07, 2010

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Troy Burne Review

Troy Burne is a beautiful Midwestern course in the rolling hills of Western Wisconsin.  This Tom Lehman 18 hole par 71 venue is exceptional in many ways but the most striking feature has to be its 125 sand bunkers.  These are big, well built and well maintained.  Almost half are greenside bunkers.  The vertical, tall, wood wall bunker on the 144 yd par 3 15th hole has the look of the toughest bunkers you'll find in the British Open venues.  See photo.

Troy Burne has the feel of a Irish or Scottish stadium links course on several holes but also has holes carved through majestic pines and hardwoods.  The homes near the golf course are worthy of envy and set back enough so they're not really in danger of errant golf balls.  The course covers 225 acres of gentle rolling hills so it provides a calming relief from playing crowded city courses.

Although the address is Hudson the course is actually in the small town of Troy.  And the Scottish term for creek is Burne.  Hence the name.

The front nine sets the stage for some exciting holes on the back nine especially a string of risk/reward holes from 10 through 17. 

I played Troy Burne for a full 36 holes with my two brothers and an old friend on a perfect Monday, June 7, 2010.  I made a considerable improvement to my score on my second 18.  I'm sure I'll do even better when I get back and play it again.  And I definitely plan to do that!

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,034 74.3 136
Gold 6,774 72.9 135
Blue 6,505 71.8 133
White 6,160 69.9 132
Red 4,932 65.2 117

Course Information

Course Architect:
Tom Lehman
Greens Type:
bent
Greens Condition
9.4
Greens Difficulty
9.2
GPS:
Yes
Walkable:
no
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 8 holes and the 125 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.2 out of 10
Beauty:
9.1
Difficulty:
9.2
Variety:
9.1
Fun to Play:
9.4
Value:
9.1
Condition:
9.4
Front Nine Rating:
9.1
Back Nine Rating:
9.3
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$69.00 to $96.00

Dave Tentis and his staff do a great job of running this fine golf course and pro shop. The Players Assistants were friendly and helpful. The bar/restaurant was good, clean and spacious and included a nice outdoor seating area.

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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.