The Buckhorn Golf Course

In the 1940s and 1950s, when the Hill Country was an international wool and mohair center, Adolf Stieler, resident of the tiny German town of Comfort, reigned as "Angora Coat King of the World." By the 1980s, agribusiness continued to dominate the lo al economy, but at the same time hunting, fishing, sightseeing, and youth camps began drawing increasing numbers of tourists to this beautiful slice of Texas. Then just a couple of years ago, another reason was added to Comfort’s growing list of attractions: The Buckhorn Golf Course.

This pretty little gem of a course was designed by golf architect Art Shaupeter, and is tucked in between the Guadalupe River and Highway 87, known locally as the “Fredericksburg Highway,” just north of Interstate 10. Shaupeter created a fairly open course layout, with few if any trees hanging over the course or performing blocking maneuvers in the middle of the fairways. It isn’t a fancy course, but it was never intended to be fancy; the idea was to make an excellent golf experience available at a reasonable cost, and this no-frills course has succeeded in doing just that. There is a modest clubhouse, an excellent driving range and practice putting green, as well as a good place to practice your chipping. I’ve played Buckhorn 6 or 7 times, at all different times of the year, and it has always been immaculately maintained.

While The Buckhorn is not cluttered with obstacles, don’t think for a moment that it’s a pushover. A few creeks run across and alongside some fairways, and the roughs that parallel the fairways are “rough!” There is a lot of tall grass and many rocks of various sizes to provide hiding places for any errant golf balls. Serious water, in the form of ponds, comes into play on only three of the holes. Twenty five sand traps dot the landscape, seven of which are fairway bunkers. The sand is fine and, like the rest of the course, the traps and bunkers are in immaculate shape. The traps protecting the greens are not insanely deep and will give you lots of opportunities to hone your sand game. In most cases you can see the green from the tee box, and Buckhorn has placed black and white “barber poles” in the center of the fairways, 150 yards away from the green. These markers are most helpful in pointing the way toward the best place to direct your tee shot and, of course, helping in club selection as you approach the greens.

The course provides the golfer with 4 different, par-71, course lengths to match varying abilities and handicaps. From the “Forest Tees,” the course plays 6,648 yards, and from the “Red Tees,” it’s 4,616 yards. This 2,000 yards difference helps make The Buckhorn a comfortable fit for a huge range of golfers.

Greens are well manicured, very true, and some of them are huge. Getting your ball “on the green in regulation” in no way guarantees a 2 putt!
I recommend that you put The Buckhorn on your short list of “must play” Hill Country golf courses. It provides great golf at an affordable price. For tee times, call: 830-995-5351. Green fees are: Mon-Thurs, $30; Fri-Sun, $39; they frequently run specials, so be sure to ask when you reserve your tee time. Visit their web site:


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