21 Jun 2016
Everyman’s Colorado golf community
A golf community calls to mind many things. A landscape with beautiful, rolling greens. Wholesome, family-friendly activity. Friendship shared over burgers and brews at the club house. And often, high membership fees with a matching, high-falutin’ attitude. Happily, Reunion residents get to enjoy all the perks, with absolutely no downside.
In an unusual—and very beneficial—situation, Reunion wraps itself around the back nine holes of Buffalo Run Golf Course, a public course owned and managed by Commerce City. This means that Reunion residents gain easy access to yet another life-enhancing amenity, but with no burdensome membership and maintenance fees.
Buffalo Run Golf Course offers 18 holes of championship golf on lush, well-maintained greens and fairways, along with striking views of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding prairie lands.
Designed by top golf course architect Keith Foster and the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, Buffalo Run measures 7,411 yards from the back tees and 5,277 yards from the forward tees. And it has extensive mounding and 65 strategically placed bunkers. (In golf language, that means it will challenge strong players while accommodating folks with higher handicaps.) Also, it has won no small amount of acclaim since opening in 1996, including Best Golf Course in the Denver Metro Area by 5280 Magazine and Sixth Best New Affordable Golf Course in the US and Canada by Golf Digest.
Beyond offering a gorgeous neighborhood backdrop and challenging rounds, the course encourages everyone to become a better golfer with a driving range and practice greens, individual and group lessons, and a full service pro-shop. Buffalo Run also partners with the youth development program First Tee, in which certified PGA instructors introduce children (ages 5-8) to the game. Summer brings a Junior Camp Week, for ages 7-17, and PGA Junior League, for ages 9-13.
As to the hangout-with-your-neighbors factor, the Bison Grill thoroughly delivers. The dining room boasts a welcoming stone fireplace and large patio with expansive course views. The lounge features a fully stocked bar and two flat screens, perfect for watching the Masters or other sporting events. All three meals are served at the Grill, with a menu ranging from fresh salads to burritos to a signature sandwich of slow-roasted buffalo on a grilled artisan baguette. Kiddos can sidle up to mac and cheese and chicken tenders. You can also book private parties, wedding rehearsals, receptions, and other events there.
It’s not every community that can say it has a golf course in its backyard. And when they can, it usually comes with a hefty price tag. But at Reunion, residents get the greens for no extra green at all.