Monday, September 11, 2006

Catching Up With Hal Sutton

We've written quite a few posts since the launch of this blog about Boot Ranch, the upscale golf development and country club under construction outside of Fredericksburg.

Now The Associated Press is writing about Boot Ranch, too, in a lengthy profile of Hal Sutton. (Sutton, who owns a ranch near Junction, is from Louisiana but has been called by more than one Texas publication "as Texan as you can get without being born here.") The profile can be read here on The Golf Channel Web site.

The profile opens discussing how Sutton has all but dropped out of site since captaining the losing American team in the 2004 Ryder Cup. He opened the Sutton Children's Hospital in Shreveport earlier this year, the article says. Much of the profile focuses on Sutton's Ryder Cup experience, but it also includes this bit of info about Boot Ranch:

When he isn’t at the hospital, Sutton can be found at Boot Ranch, the opulent golf club he is building in the Hill Country of Texas, a rugged piece of nature about 60 miles north of San Antonio and 60 miles west of Austin.

Sutton has spared no expense. The name plates on the lockers are made of sterling silver. The benches are covered with hides of ostrich, alligator and longhorn. Each member—former President Bush among them—gets customized boots to be worn on property, much like members in their green jackets at Augusta National.

The only evidence of his Ryder Cup captaincy is in the far corner of a garage below the clubhouse, where the red golf cart he drove around Oakland Hills is collecting dust.

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