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19th Hole: Patrick Joy

By |  September 13, 2023 0 Comments
Photo: Golfdom Staff

Photo: Golfdom Staff


Patrick Joy

Superintendent // Boot Ranch, Fredericksburg, Texas

Patrick, drinks are on me. What are you having? I’ve gotten into Yuengling Light. Especially in the summer, it’s a good light beer.

Tell me about Boot Ranch. It’s an 18-hole course with a 35-acre practice facility. It’s a really cool, unique piece of property. Hal Sutton bought this ranch in 2005 and had this huge vision for a championship golf course in the Hill Country in the middle of Texas. Twenty years later, we’ve accomplished that vision … they did a remarkable job using the lay of the land. It’s a course that you play and enjoy, but you also remember it.

What about Fredericksburg? It’s a really cool little town of German descent, over 100 years old. We’re at 2,000 feet elevation, which is nice because we’re a little more arid and not as humid as other parts of Texas. One thing I didn’t know about it until I moved here — there are about 65 wineries, so our Main Street is very popular on the weekends. Something about the climate, they can grow grapes here.

How about growing turfgrass? These last two years have been an anomaly. We’ve been really dry and set drought records a few years in a row. It’s been over 100 degrees 50 days in a row. No grass likes to grow when it’s over 100. It’s definitely been challenging, but we take it day by day.

You’re from upstate New York … how did you and Leah adapt to moving to southern Texas? We’ve absolutely fallen in love with living in Texas. We’re both outdoors people. We can go hiking, to the beach, to the lake. You can rent a boat for a day, or you can float the rivers … when it does rain and the rivers are flowing.

You’re a Bills fan. Have you found a good spot to watch the games, or did you just have to settle in with the Cowboys fans? One thing that is unique about Bills fans is that we’re everywhere, especially nowadays. There’s something called “Bills Backer-Bars,” there’s a huge list of them, they’re worldwide. There’s one about 45 minutes away in San Antonio. I’m so glad I found it. It’s raucous, they play our shout song on the PA every time we score.

Who, or what, is your archenemy? If I put my superintendent hat on, it’s Mother Nature. It hasn’t been kind to us down here for the last couple of years. If you want to go sports? It used to be the New England Patriots … but now it’s your Kansas City Chiefs.

What do you miss most from back home? I’m from a small town called Ilion, N.Y., smack dab between Albany and Syracuse. Honestly, it’s the food. Texans just haven’t figured out pizza or wings yet.

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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 18-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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