Final hole lengthened and greens and bunkers renovated at Boot Ranch

Final hole lengthened and greens and bunkers renovated at Boot Ranch
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

A renovation of the golf course at Boot Ranch near Fredericksburg, Texas, has reached completion.

Led by Hal Sutton, the US$1.9 million project focused on the course’s bunkers and greens.

The eighteenth hole was also lengthened and converted to a par five, bringing the course’s par up to 72.

Sutton was part of the original project team, and returned to oversee the recent work. The course originally opened back in 2006.

Greens on both the course and the club’s practice area have been converted from bentgrass to TifEagle bermudagrass. Sloping and undulations were also reduced on many greens.

Certain bunkers were removed, and native grasses and grass islands were removed from almost all fairway bunkers. New liners and sand were also added to the bunkers, with selected alterations to style and characteristics in some instances.

Many fairway bunkers were also reduced in size, while the base of each bunker was raised by four inches.

“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,” said Sutton. “I wanted to build a course that was respected by both good and average players, and I think we’ve done that.”