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!
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.
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.