Review of The 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. The Buckhorn is a fairly traditional layout with wide forgiving fairways, a playable first cut, large greens, excellent conditions, and minimal hazards. The course is owned and managed by one of the best – Foresight Golf – and it was named Best of the Best Hill Country Courses by the Boerne Star. The Buckhorn also made Texas Outside’s list of the Best Golf Courses in the San Antonio Area.
The Buckhorn is relatively 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 thanks to no tricks, not many hazards, and no killer holes. 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."
The course plays up and down the hills with no homes to worry about – it’s just you and nature! The huge and expansive powerlines are a little annoying and distract from the beautiful Hill Country scenery. Even though the fairways are wide and forgiving, don't get cocky or overconfident, you can still get in some trouble:
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. Some of our favorite holes on this nine included:
The back nine of The Buckhorn seems a little prettier, more interesting, and a little more challenging. This nine is a par 35 with 3 par 3s, 2 par 5s, and 4 par 4s. Our favorite holes on this nine include:
The Buckhorn fairways were in very good condition when we played. Most are very wide and forgiving with a wide playable rough. They were firm and provided lots of extra roll.
The greens are very challenging thanks to subtle breaks, valleys and ridges, and slope plus the run fairly fast. Most of the greens are good sized and all but 3 have at least one bunker guarding them. They hold the ball ok and run true. Pin placement can make for 3 putts.
The Buckhorn bunkers were also in very good condition with soft thick sand. Some of the faces are challenging. We found it fairly easy to avoid most of the bunkers.
Rates: $39.00 to $51.00
The proshop and clubhouse are small but very well stocked. Food is limite to hot dogs and snacks. The practice area is an acre with Tifdwarf target greens, a driving range, and a short game area complete with bunkers and a chipping green. Service is great 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.