The course at Troy Burne Golf Club is a late 1990’s golfing collaboration – designed by Dr Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, in conjunction with Tom Lehman – where water comes into play at no fewer than eight of the holes.
A tale of two very distinctly different nines that show the positives and negatives of artificially creating an environment not natural to the area.
The front nine is very plain and uninspiring. Bulldozed mounding to convert farmland to give the impressions of prairie dunes the holes show a sameness and lack any distinguishing memories that you will remember once you leave the parking lot.
The back nine utilizes the river bluff hills and forest areas that generate holes that look beautiful and blend perfectly into the landscape.
Overall conditions are very good and the greens are always top notch.
Troy Burne is in my mind one of the top three publics in the MSP area. The front nine is a bit easier with the short par 4 4th and par 4 7th being the highlights for me. The back plays over more rolling land and has significantly more water in play. Definitely more difficult for the average golfer. The par 3 11th with bunkers on the left and a stream on the right with a rolling green was the best of the nine for me.
Overall it seemed a bit over bunkered but the course overall uses the land well. It is walkable but elevation changes make it tough. There are houses on the course but the design makes it so they are barely noticed. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the MSP area.