by Rob Levine
Theres really not much variation in the kinds of hazards one might encounter on a golf course. Theres the usual sand and water. Some tracks have swamps or waste bunkers. But on how many courses can you claim to have hit a cow? Not have a cow, I mean hit a cow, as in the bovine variety. About 20 yards behind the fifth green is a fenced-off farmfield, where some innocent, out-of-bounds cows, minding their own business, suddenly hosted an errant wedge shot . With a good caram, the player might have avoided a penalty stroke. Not having witnessed the shot myself, I cannot verify that the ball ended up back in bounds.
Youd also be hard-pressed to find a more scenic golf course. Buffalo Run works its way through marshes, woods, and around two lakes. There are numerous board walks where you might drive your cart ¼ of a mile over a marsh. Many tees are separated from their fairways by a carry over the marsh, that vary in distance from a hundred yards to some that are close to 200. Most have ample landing areas. If you can safely get off the tee, youre usually left a with a shorter club to the green, making it easier to achieve greens in regulation.
Buffalo Run does show some of its youth. Its fairways were relatively hard (but, given the recent lack of rain, is understandable), and there are places where the grounds crew is now growing grass, or has repaired the fairways and greens.
Beware number four
One really beautiful and intersting hole is the 617 yard par 5 number 16. This hole requires about a 200 yard drive, followed by a 160 layup shot, before allowing you an angle at its island green.
Buffalo Run also has a wonderful clubhouse and bar. The interior design reminds me of a ski chalet, with a high ceiling and lots of big windows. Outside theres picnic tables with large umbrellas, and even an outdoor barbeque.
For the western metro golfer looking for a challenge and/or a great
golfing deal, Buffalo Run is a good choice.
|Buffalo Run Golf Club
1710 Montrose Blvd
Buffalo, MN 55313
Phone: 682-4476Green fee: Weekday $16; Weekend $22. Cart included.
Drive from TC: Roughly one hour west of downtown Mpls.
Location: Buffalo, MN.
Difficulty: Difficult, in an insane way