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$2 Million Golf Course Enhancement Worth the Wait

On June 1, we closed the Boot Ranch golf course to undertake a major renovation of the bunkers and greens, tweaks to the layout, and improved aesthetics. The course will reopen for play by primary members on Friday, September 29 and we’ll welcome vertical members and guests on Saturday, September 30. The project could not have gone better, thanks to a dedicated team and excellent growing conditions.

Course designer and PGA Championship winner Hal Sutton was on-site to oversee this project along with Boot Ranch Director of Club Operations Todd Huizinga, Head Golf Professional Emil Hale, Superintendent Deven Baughn and our contractor Heritage Links.

Sutton’s focus in this project was to enhance the playability without altering the experience. “My key was to figure out a way to challenge the best players while offering higher-handicap golfers the chance to play golf and have fun,” explained Sutton.

The course was designed by Sutton to be the ideal course for the devoted golfer; a place where golfers can refine their game, take on some of golf’s most difficult challenges, and learn everything they will ever need to know about the game of golf.

“I wanted to build a course that if for some reason I wasn’t around to teach my son how to play golf, he would have a chance to learn all the shots he’d ever need right here.”-Hal Sutton

Don’t take these improvements as a sign of reduced difficulty to our nationally acclaimed course. While one aspect may seem easier than usual—like reduced difficulty when hitting out of bunkers—another will make up for it, in our case that is with faster, firmer greens.

“We’re really making the good player think, says Sutton. “If he hits it good, we’re going to reward him. If he hits it bad, we’re going to punish him.”

The course will be put to the test this fall with the Member-Guest tournament October 13-14, the Club Championship on October 21, and the Covey Buster Invitational November 6-8 which attracts pros and their members from top private clubs around the country. We’re expecting great reviews.

Updates to the Course

Greens

All of the greens used at Boot Ranch for practice and play have been converted from bentgrass to TifEagle Bermuda, to not only provide a superior playing surface but also to better tolerate the Hill Country climate and irrigation with reclaimed water. Many of the greens had their slope and undulation reduced to counteract the faster conditions created by the newly installed Bermuda grass.

Bunkers

The majority of the course improvements were to the bunkers, including raising the base of each bunker by four inches and installing new Bunker Solutions liners and irrigation.

The fairway bunkers were filled with a mix of bright “bunker white” sand blended with the slightly reddish native sand, and native grasses and grass islands in waste bunkers were removed.

To increase the landing areas around the greens, many bunkers were either reduced in size or eliminated.

Rough

To combat the longer native grasses that have previously plagued golfers who miss the fairway, an intermediate cut of inch-and-a-half-deep Bermuda grass has been installed.

18th Hole

This par 4 has been lengthened, transforming one of the toughest finishing holes in Texas into a challenging par 5.

Updates off the Course

Putting Park
We also invested an additional $1 million this summer in Metzger Park, creating a one-acre putting park designed by Chet Williams. This putting park, with the largest green in Texas, will be a center for family fun and friendly competitions. Adjacent to the putting park is a huge new play lawn for kite flying, soccer ball kicking and special events.

Boot Ranch property purchases include a multi-generational Club membership that extends privileges to five generations of the member’s family. Plan now to experience the Boot Ranch member lifestyle and explore real estate opportunities by scheduling a Discovery Visit this fall.

2017-09-18T16:51:58+00:00September 18th, 2017|Amenities, Around Boot Ranch, Golf|

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Masterpiece Golf Course

“The course design offers so much enjoyment for players of all levels; Hal Sutton did an amazing job carving it into the Texas Hill Country. You will never tire of playing this masterpiece.”

Emil Hale, PGA, General Manager

2017-05-04T12:20:27+00:00

Emil Hale, PGA, General Manager

“The course design offers so much enjoyment for players of all levels; Hal Sutton did an amazing job carving it into the Texas Hill Country. You will never tire of playing this masterpiece.”

Member-Guest Golf Tournaments

“The Boot Ranch Member-Guest tournament was so well organized, I wish I could take the entire team to my other club so you could teach them."

Boot Ranch Member

2017-05-24T12:34:41+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

“The Boot Ranch Member-Guest tournament was so well organized, I wish I could take the entire team to my other club so you could teach them."

Our Second Home

"We love Boot Ranch! Everyone is so welcoming, warm and helpful. We thought when we joined that it would be an occasional go and play golf weekend place, but find that each week we can’t wait to go back. It really is our second home."

Boot Ranch Member

2017-10-17T09:55:28+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

"We love Boot Ranch! Everyone is so welcoming, warm and helpful. We thought when we joined that it would be an occasional go and play golf weekend place, but find that each week we can’t wait to go back. It really is our second home."

A Happy Place

"My wife calls Boot Ranch her 'happy place.' I love it, our kids love it; it is a place where there is something for everyone to enjoy. Best of all, our young daughters have the opportunity for outdoor adventures, something that is not readily available living in a big city." 

Boot Ranch Member

2015-12-10T12:51:09+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

"My wife calls Boot Ranch her 'happy place.' I love it, our kids love it; it is a place where there is something for everyone to enjoy. Best of all, our young daughters have the opportunity for outdoor adventures, something that is not readily available living in a big city." 

Member Events

"The Boot Ranch staff knocked it out of the park Memorial Day weekend. What fun my family had with the addition of the Lake Club...Events are why Boot Ranch is such a special place...I so look forward to each visit, largely due to how we are treated [by the Boot Ranch team]."

Boot Ranch Member

2017-06-26T11:37:49+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

"The Boot Ranch staff knocked it out of the park Memorial Day weekend. What fun my family had with the addition of the Lake Club...Events are why Boot Ranch is such a special place...I so look forward to each visit, largely due to how we are treated [by the Boot Ranch team]."

AN INCREDIBLE STAFF

"We travel a lot, and this is the first home we’ve ever owned outside our own residence. We knew when we got here that we wanted to be part of it. The staff is just incredible and they take such good care of you. Everybody knows you, and they’re here to please you and make sure you have a great time."

Boot Ranch Member

2016-01-21T10:34:32+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

"We travel a lot, and this is the first home we’ve ever owned outside our own residence. We knew when we got here that we wanted to be part of it. The staff is just incredible and they take such good care of you. Everybody knows you, and they’re here to please you and make sure you have a great time."

A Happy Place

"My husband and I say that it’s nice to be able to get out of the city and bring our kids here so they can have the childhood we did.”

Boot Ranch Member

2017-03-24T05:25:53+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

"My husband and I say that it’s nice to be able to get out of the city and bring our kids here so they can have the childhood we did.”

A New Excuse to Play

"The new putting park is a fantastic new addition to what's been an incredible place. We need to come up with a new excuse for not sinking a putt."

Boot Ranch Member

2017-10-06T07:26:36+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

"The new putting park is a fantastic new addition to what's been an incredible place. We need to come up with a new excuse for not sinking a putt."

Golf Tournaments

“I’ve played in Member-Guest tournaments all my life and have never had a better experience.”

Boot Ranch Tournament Guest

2017-05-24T12:30:52+00:00

Boot Ranch Tournament Guest

“I’ve played in Member-Guest tournaments all my life and have never had a better experience.”

The Right Decision

"The wonderful attitude of the staff and the atmosphere of the Hill Country is perfect for us. We have family in Austin so the generational membership really appealed to us. We made the right decision."

Boot Ranch Member

2016-01-22T20:51:02+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

"The wonderful attitude of the staff and the atmosphere of the Hill Country is perfect for us. We have family in Austin so the generational membership really appealed to us. We made the right decision."

Perfect Year ‘Round

"We have stayed at a lot of fabulous resorts and considered a lot of places for second homes, and this is the only place we’ve been that really fits a year-round situation.”

Boot Ranch Member

2017-03-24T05:27:52+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

"We have stayed at a lot of fabulous resorts and considered a lot of places for second homes, and this is the only place we’ve been that really fits a year-round situation.”

A Happy Place

“Every time we go there, the sky at night, seeing the stars, you just don’t get that in the city. We just love it. It’s breathtaking. You forget about that living around so much light pollution.”

Boot Ranch Member

2017-03-24T05:17:57+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

“Every time we go there, the sky at night, seeing the stars, you just don’t get that in the city. We just love it. It’s breathtaking. You forget about that living around so much light pollution.”

A Happy Place

“We went bike riding one time at dusk and had stopped in the valley to take a breather when my oldest daughter had a deer come right up to her. When does that ever happen?"

Boot Ranch Member

2017-03-24T05:19:37+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

“We went bike riding one time at dusk and had stopped in the valley to take a breather when my oldest daughter had a deer come right up to her. When does that ever happen?"

No Better Place

"There is no better place to live if you want to feel like you are at a five-star family resort every day - from all of the amenities to the hospitable staff."

Boot Ranch Member

2017-10-06T07:23:48+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

"There is no better place to live if you want to feel like you are at a five-star family resort every day - from all of the amenities to the hospitable staff."

The Beauty of the Course

"The changes to the course are both subtle and striking. The new greens look great and putt true and the sand traps really show off the beauty of the course."

Boot Ranch Member

2017-10-06T07:29:27+00:00

Boot Ranch Member

"The changes to the course are both subtle and striking. The new greens look great and putt true and the sand traps really show off the beauty of the course."
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