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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 71
Length 6978 yards
Slope 142
Rating 74.5

Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson is characterized by the abundance of sand. An astounding 120 sand bunkers are strategically placed throughout. It is a challenging and scenic course that is one of the best in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area but it is not a course for beginners. In addition to the bunkers, golfers will also be faced with plenty of water protecting the dramatically undulating greens. The slopes and contours make a one-putt nearly impossible. The intimidating approach shots are just as tough as they look too. The front nine has its challenges no doubt but if you can believe, it gets even harder on the back nine. One of Troy Burne Golf Club's most memorable holes is the 12th, a short, risky par 5. Unless playing into the wind, it plays shorter than the indicated yardage. There is water on the left that leads to a massive and wildly sloped green.

Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Putter Bent Grass
Greens A-4 Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Lehman (1999) John Fought Dr. Michael Hurdzan (1999) Dana Fry (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $20
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirts are required. Denim pants, jeans, or denim shorts are not appropriate. Bermuda-length shorts are acceptable.

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4.0
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Reviews 132
Handicap 5-9
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4.0
Chicago Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Troy Burne - Another Great Hurdzan Design at WI/MN Border

The Good: This Hurdzan/Fry design from the late 90’s is a quintessential quasi-upscale residential public golf experience right at the Wisconsin/Minnesota border. Very similar in style and aesthetics to WeaverRidge in Peoria, IL, Troy Burne utilizes a vast canvas that is painted with huge, elaborate sand traps and sprinkled with strategic streams and ponds to torment the errant shot. Much like many Hurdzan tracks, the front nine is more Prairie setting with exposure to wind, while the back nine weavers through more woodlands and requires target golf. Excellent design variety across the board and there are particularly some interesting Par 4’s on the back. Pretty good fairway conditions despite significant play in previous weeks and large, moderately flat greens hold well and putt very true. Very nice clubhouse and full comfort station sandwiched between the 1st and 10th holes that is very convenient. Excellent staff, including one of the best PGA schools in the Midwest (so I’m told). Appropriate practice facility given the other off-course amenities. I was able to start on the back nine as a single when a large outing was supposed to go out in front of me, thus pace of play was excellent! Solid value under $100 peak season for quality of course in the Twin Cities area.

The Bad: While conditions were above average, I was expecting a more pristine golf experience. There were a HUGE number of divots in the fairways and there were maintenance staff making repairs throughout the round during the middle of the afternoon. It appears that the carts once utilized a GPS system but it either wasn’t working or the course doesn’t sanction it anymore. For this reason, the course was poorly marked and I spent too much time walking around the fairways looking for my yardages. Other than the Par-4 2nd on the front, the Par 4’s are fairly unmemorable on the outward half.

The Verdict: Troy Burne is another notch to the Wisconsin public golf toolbelt and one of the most complete public facilities in the greater Twin Cities. A very fun, playable golf course with spectacular holes on the closing nine.

Best Hole: The Par-4 17th is, without question, the best hole on the course and one of the prettiest holes in the state of Wisconsin. A medium-length hole that requires a precise drive to a fairway that juts in with water on the entire right side. The green carves into the pond and is guarded by a stadium of trees behind.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 54
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

My first WI track

I have fallen in love with this course. The amenities are great. Clubhouse, restaurant, driving range and putting green were all great. Better clubhouse than some country clubs I have played. Food was great as well. I loved the course, the grass was great and the greens were fair. Very well kept up course. Pace of play was good, took about 4:20 with food at the turn. The course is challenging and offers a lot to someone who likes the scenery aspect of courses. Some great holes on this course. This course has set the bar high for my future Wisconsin rounds of golf. I will absolutely be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

#1 Course in Twin Cities

Technically, Troy Burne is in Wisconsin, but everyone in the Cities (MN) claims it as ours. In my opinion this is the most underrated course in Wisconsin--only recently being acknowledged by the national publications in the state rankings. I've played 308 courses in the United States and this is in my Top 25. I'm seldom an advocate of claiming a $100 round as a "great value" but if there were one course in the Twin Cities area that I believe is "worth that" it's Troy Burne. The head pro, and golf director (Dave and Brent) are both awesome guys and will do anything they can to make your day better. Always great conditions, so many beautiful holes. Love this place.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 10
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Not in Good Shape. Not a Good Value.

In two words: Not impressed. The layout itself is worthwhile, with some holes that are ridiculously tough (e.g., #2, #10) and some holes that provide good birdie opportunities (e.g., #4, #12). I recall back to 2000 or so when this course first open and how everyone couldn't stop talking about it. I'm starting to think that's more a product of Lehman's involvement than the actual course itself. When we played it, on a July Saturday on a year when nearly every course I've played in the Twin Cities metro is in fantastic shape, Troy Burne was not in condition consistent with the hefty price tag ($90 rack rate, though it's in the MN golf card, so you can split the $120 or so total rate with cart between two people).

Let's start with the bunkers. There are a number of bunkers that the course has simply let erode away from the rainfall. They look like a sandbox would look after a heavy rain, as if the grounds crew just decided to ignore them because they couldn't do normal work on them. They still had rakes in them, as if people were expected to still play out of them (which would have been impossible). The rest of the bunkers looked really sloppy around the edges, like they would at a cheap municipal course, and the sand was not of the quality one would expect at a high-end course like this.

The greens rolled fairly well but were on the slow side for a high end course. Some of the holes, especially #15 (a short Par 3), had greens that were very beat up. Looking at the mowing marks, there's attention to detail lacking in the greenskeeping (it looked like they had been in a hurry cutting the greens).

The teeboxes are not flat. I know this is something you find at a lot of courses, and I expect it at municipal courses, but at high end courses, the teeboxes should be graded to be as flat as possible. On some tee shots I had significant downhill lies. Not something that you should experience at Troy Burne (they need to regrade and resod some of their teeing areas to flatten them out).

There's also a fair amount of brown spotches in the fairway and rough, and the rough was inconsistent in length and thickness. With as much rain as they've had, the course should be lush, and with as much as they charged, it should be near perfect.

The pace of play was maddeningly slow. We played in 4:50 and were told by a course staff member at the turn that they'd do something to speed up play on the back nine, but we never once saw a ranger on the course. The scorecard indicates 4:14 as the minimum pace of play. Why have a pace of play policy if you don't enforce it?

I get the feeling that Troy Burne is struggling a bit, and it shows in how they've let the course go. I'm not saying it's unplayable (except for the bunkers), and the fairways and greens are still a lot better than a municipal course, but it fails to deliver anything close to $90/round in value.

A few other observations, while I'm at it:
-No drinking water on the course, and no signs or indication at the clubhouse that there is none on the course (because they want to sell bottled water)
-No GPS on the carts. Thankfully I have a rangefinder, but if I didn't, you'd have to walk around looking for sprinkler heads.
-The driving range is so open and bare that it is very difficult to determine if your ball is heading at your target and on the intended trajectory. The range balls were also far more beat up than they should be at a course this high end.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 35
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

One of the best courses in TC area

TB is a top end course (condition, layout, facilities, challenging, etc.). They used to play a Nationwide Tour event here. Very challenging (play from tees that fit your game) and scenic course with lots of white sand bunkers (both fairway & greens). Immaculate condition. Greens have lots of complex to them so need to land the ball in the right spot. Best enjoyed by better caliber players. Paid more than I like to pay ($75 w/cart & range balls), but as an occasional treat worth the money.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Minnesota Advisor
First Time Playing

Troy Burne

This course I believe is overpriced. It is more or less a 60 dollar course not an 80 dollar course. Play it during non peak times. I average 240-260 as a recreational driver of the ball. There seems to be a bunker at that distance on most holes.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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