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Making the Cut—John Deere and Boot Ranch

Maintaining one of the top ten golf courses in Texas is no easy task, and it’s one that golf course superintendent Deven Baughn and his staff takes very seriously. We recently caught up with Baughn to learn a little about how it’s done.

He credits management’s commitment to course excellence, a staff of committed professionals, and a partnership with John Deere for the best equipment and unmatched service. John Deere recently released a video that features this partnership with Boot Ranch, which you can watch, below.

The workday begins before sunrise each morning when the agronomy staff meets and assigns each staff member a specific duty to prepare the course for play. Once the crew is at work, Baughn and his assistant superintendents Ben Lauber and Dale Hough start their daily inspection of the course. “We are looking for any irregularities in the turf that could be signs of stress coming from disease, insects, nutritional, or irrigation malfunctions.

This daily process ensures that Boot Ranch members and their guests experience a consistent and challenging course day in and day out. “We maintain our golf course to meet tournament conditions on a daily basis,” says Baughn. “Every day is different, and presents its own set of challenges, from dealing with climate or soil issues, to visiting with members to keep them informed of the changes happening around the golf course.”

Boot Ranch is an Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary, meaning we maintain a specific criteria that ensures the conservation of wildlife and their habitats, as well as water conservation practices and reduced chemical use throughout the golf course.

The course at Boot Ranch can go long periods of time without rainfall during the Texas summer and this means special precautions must be taken such as using wetting agents, making soil amendments, and performing aerification. However, when much of the country endures golf-free winters, members of Boot Ranch enjoy ideal playing conditions nearly year round.

The course at Boot Ranch spans over 300 acres of beautifully preserved Hill Country terrain and features 27 meticulously groomed putting greens, with 34 acres serving as a practice park, complete with a three-sided driving range, short range, and a par 3 short course.

2018-11-03T03:37:48-06:00July 20th, 2016|Accolades, Meet Our Team|

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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

2017-05-24T12:34:41-06:00

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

2017-10-17T09:55:28-06:00

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."

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

2017-05-04T12:20:27-06:00

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 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

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

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]."

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

2015-12-10T12:51:09-06:00

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." 

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

2016-01-21T10:34:32-06:00

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

2017-03-24T05:25:53-06:00

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

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

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

2017-05-24T12:30:52-06:00

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

2016-01-22T20:51:02-06:00

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

2017-03-24T05:27:52-06:00

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

2017-03-24T05:17:57-06:00

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

2017-03-24T05:19:37-06:00

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

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

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

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

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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