Texas Golf Community - Boot Ranch
Wow, Boot Ranch is one very impressive Texas golf community and may be one of the best golf communities in Texas. This review will tell you why we think it is one of the best Texas golf communities.
Designed and built by PGA Pro Hal Sutton, Boot Ranch is a one of a kind, exclusive, and very impressive golf community. You can't help but fall in love with Boot Ranch as you drive from the gated entrance, past the water and pond on the 10th and 11th hole, and wind your way up to the Clubhouse Village sitting on top of one of the tallest bluffs and overlooking the golf course and some of the prettiest hill country in Texas.
One of the first things that we noticed when we arrived that sets Boot Ranch apart from it's competition is the first class service. We were greeted by a friendly and helpful guard at the entrance to Boot Ranch and waiting to welcome us with open arms at the clubhouse was what seemed like a staff of 20. Two opened both of the Jeep's doors with a warm smile and greeting, two more grabbed our clubs and put them on a waiting cart, and a couple more held the doors open to the clubhouse. And it only got better from there! Everyone we met had a smile, a welcome greeting or a "how can I help you."
Our first "wow" escaped as we walked through the stone and wood entrance to the clubhouse and to the deck of the clubhouse where we took in the breathtaking panoramic view. The clubhouse, pro shop, and guest villas sit on one of the tallest bluffs (2000') on the property with stunning views of the valley, rolling hills, and golf course. We immediately plopped ourselves into one of the comfy deck chairs and ordered a drink! I can only imagine sitting here and watching a beautiful Texas sunset. It was hard leaving but our tee time was beckoning us!
The second and several subsequent "wows" were heard as we meandered through the impressive and upscale 55,000 square foot clubhouse, locker rooms, bar, and restaurant on our way to the pro shop! The locker rooms are exquisite with rich wood paneling and lots of amenities. The clubhouse is extremely well done with upscale appointments, massive wood beams, leather sofas and chairs, terraced patios and fire pits, and unbelievable views.
The Boot Ranch restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and although we weren't able to sample any of the food, we did check out the dinner menu. Some of what was on the menu included: appetizers like crab cakes, grilled Gulf prawns, warm spinach and lump crab dip; several soups and salads (bison chili, grilled Caesar salad, seared Ahi tuna salad); several entrees which made my mouth water - potato crusted grouper with a guajillo buerre blanc sauce, venison chops, Colorado lamb chops with artichoke pesto and veal demi-glaze, Berkshire pork chop with house made cranberry demi-glaze, or a couple of steak choices; and a few desserts including creme brule, banana bread foster, or berry cobbler.
On the same 2000' bluff as the Clubhouse is a well done and magnificently landscaped gazebo with a conversation and fire pit. A few yards from the gazebo are the Sutton and Burke Lodges which are home to 10 five star very well appointed guest rooms for members and their guests to enjoy.
After checking all of that out, we finally got to the Pro Shop where the friendly staff gave us some helpful hints on playing the course. And during our round of golf, we uttered several more "Wows". We played some fun and demanding holes, enjoyed the stunning scenery, and ate lunch on the signature 10th hole which has a series of cascading waterfalls in front of the green. PGA legend Hal Sutton designed Boot Ranch to be a celebration of golf and compliment rather than confront the scenic surroundings. What a unique and enjoyable experience!
Sitting on 2050 acres of beautiful rolling Texas hill country are 387 home sites which include Texas Country Estates, fractional Sunday House Ownership homes, or Overlook Cabins. The Sunday Houses are modeled after the original Fredericksburg settler's Sunday Houses and include four luxurious suites, a full kitchen, and a great room centered around a courtyard with a magnificent view. The Estate lots for custom built homes range from 2 to 18 acres and site choices overlook the golf course or sit atop magnificent hilltops with unbelievable views. The Overlook Cabins sit on a half acre and feature intimately scaled one or two bedroom cabins, lofty guest cottages, barn style garages, and spacious outdoor courtyards.
Boot Ranch plans to remain very exclusive with only 475 members. As we toured Boot Ranch and talked to some of the members, we got a real sense of an active community with a family spirit. For example, during the summer, kids can participate in Boot Camp where they can enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and golfing or create their own adventure. And there are a number of other amenities for Boot Ranch members to enjoy, some of which include:
- fitness center
- swimming pool
34 acre practice range designed to allow you to practice every part of your game including approach shots guarded by trees and bunkers
- executive par 3 course
- trap and skeet shooting course
- walking trails
natural springs and ponds loaded with fish for catch and release only or smooth peaceful water for kayaking or canoeing
If you need to get off the Ranch, you're in some of the prettiest Texas Hill Country and it is loaded with hundreds of fun things to see and do within 50 miles. Your can start with Fredericksburg which is only 15 miles away and it has excellent shopping, great restaurants, live music, museums, and fun nightlife. You're also close to Enchanted Rock for hiking, several excellent golf courses, the Highland Lakes (Highland Lakes Map), award winning wineries, campgrounds, and lots more. See our list of Fun Things to See and Do in The Hill Country.
If you're looking for one of the best golf communities or a scenic and friendly place to live, then you need to check out Boot Ranch.