Buffalo Creek Golf Course is a wonderful place for 18 holes of enjoyable golf, enhanced by our recent upgrade of our greens to TifEagle Bermuda grass – greens the likes of which you’d typically find at the more exclusive Private Country Clubs.
But here we’re more laid back and casual – a nice mix of retirees and younger players. And even though Manatee is a county-owned, municipal course, it is in excellent condition. We overseed tees and fairways, and maintain the course to keep in in tip-top shape year-round.
Grass: Tees – 419 Bermuda, Fairways – 419 Bermuda, Greens – TifEagle Bermuda (NEW!)
Sets of tees: 5
Buffalo Creek Cheat Sheet
One of the best ways to get to know a course is to ask the guys who get paid to spend their days here (great job, huh!). Here’s a quick tutorial of course highlights:
Describe the terrain of the golf course and greens.
Relatively flat fairways with strategically placed mounds. The greens have moderate undulation.
How would you recommend the first hole be played?
You want to favor the right side of the fairway off the tee because of two fairway bunkers located on the left side of the fairway. It has a fairly large green that is unprotected, so the approach shot is pretty straight forward.
What is the best par 5 on the course?
Number 5 plays 511 yards from the back tee. There are bunkers on both sides of the fairway that come into play with your tee shot. Second shot must stay left to avoid the water hazard and large bunker that protects the green. Your approach shot must be very accurate due to the front of the green being protected by a large bunker.
What is the best par 3 on the course?
Number 3 will play 171 from the back tee. There is a large lake on the left side that creates a steady breeze that you must carry to reach the green. The green is protected by a bunker on each side as well.
What is the toughest hole on the golf course?
Number 15 is a Par 4 that plays 450 yards from the back tee and the green is a small complex that’s protected in the front with a bunker.
What is the most difficult green on the golf course?
Number 14 green has heavy undulation throughout the whole surface.
On your finishing holes (16, 17 and 18); is this a chance to salvage the round? Is it rough? Fun?
The last three holes do offer an opportunity to salvage your round. Sixteen is a shorter par three. Number 17 is a par 4 that plays 446 from the back tee and is the the third hardest hole on the course, but #18 is a short par 5 that plays 481 from the back tee which offers up a great birdie opportunity to finish your round.
What is your “Signature” hole?
Our signature hole is number three which is a Par 3 that plays 171 from the back tee. There’s a large lake on the left side that creates a steady breeze that you must carry to reach the green. The green is protected by a bunker on each side as well.