Buffalo Run Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.0

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Commerce City, CO
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Buffalo Run Golf Course Review

Buffalo Run Golf Course is a very open British links style course.  It can be played from the tips at 7,411 yds if you're a real big hitter.  The course and especially the greens are typically in great shape.  By Denver standards Buffalo Run is a real value and especially convenient if you're flying in or out of DIA.

My group elected to play the Blue tees at 6,500 yds as our TX and IL visitors were wearing down after a full week of mountain golf.  In hindsight Buffalo Run would have been the perfect course to play to start our Colorado golf tour week.  It's only 15 minutes from Denver Int'l Airport and it's very golfer friendly with wide fairways, reasonable roughs and big greens in near perfect condition.

The course opened in 1996 and seems to get a nice mix of locals and visitors.  It's five tee box choices range from that monster 7,411 yds from the Blacks down to 5,227 yds from the Reds.

Hole #2 offers a risk/reward birdie opportunity with water skirting the left side of this par 5 links style hole.

Hole #4 gave me trouble again as it has on my previous visits.  It's a rather long and often windy par 3 with a stream on the right and a big bunker on the left.  See photo.

Holes #17 and #18 are a par 3 and 5 combo that provide a great finish to your round at Buffalo Run.  #17 is a downhill one-shotter with a pond left of the green.  #18 is a blind shot par 5 also with water left on the approach.  See photo with clubhouse, pond, rock wall and green.

Next time I have a group of visiting golfers flying in to Denver we'll try to play Buffalo Run first.  It's friendly.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,411 74.5 129
Blue 6,499 70.4 119
White 6,113 68.4 116
Gold 7,016 72.8 124
Red 5,227 69.5 120

Course Information

Course Architect:
Keith Foster
Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Beware of water on 7 holes and the 48 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.0 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
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Approximate Weekend
$47.00 to $70.00

Buffalo Run is well run. Paul Hebinck and his staff run a very clean, effecient and well maintained golf course and pro shop. Will Panella handles tounament coordination. The Bison Grill is a very good bar/restaurant with a great, sunny patio for enjoying food and drink before or after your round at friendly Buffalo Run.



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. 


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