The Houston Open Golf Tournament made it’s much-anticipated return in early November to a familiar site: Memorial Park.
Mayor Sylvester Turner, Astros owner Jim Crane, and the Astros Golf Foundation welcomed the annual Vivint Houston Open Golf Tournament back to the newly renovated Memorial Park golf course from the Golf Club of Houston near Humble, which had hosted the tournament for several years.
The tournament ran Nov. 5-8. To prepare for the event, the Memorial Park Golf Course underwent an 18-month, $34-million renovation, funded by the Astros Golf Foundation.
Carlos Ortiz held off World No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson and and an elite field of some of golf’s best players.
The Houston Open was last played at Memorial Park in 1963.
“This is a momentous day in the City of Houston, and frankly for the entire region,” Turner said before the tournament. “Our City looks forward to hosting some of the best golfers in the world to play the newly renovated Memorial Park Golf Course. I consider the international spotlight on Houston a hole-in-one.
It is incredible to think that for the first time in 57 years the Houston Open has returned to the Memorial Park Golf Course, and that could not have been accomplished without Astros owner Jim Crane and Giles Kibbe of the Astros Golf Foundation.”
While the return of the Houston Open is warmly welcomed it will impact park visitors and surrounding neighborhoods.
“We worked with the neighborhood and residents to develop a parking and traffic plan to reduce the impact of traffic throughout the area,” said Steve Wright, director, Houston Parks, and Recreation Department.
“We hope that runners and visitors to the park will understand and take this opportunity to visit one of our other parks in the system, including over 165 miles of trails.”