Drone footage of Raveneaux Country Club in Spring, Texas shows about two-thirds of the 18-hole layout under water, after nearly 20 inches of rain fell on some parts of southeast Texas. Champions Golf Club, River Oaks Country Club, and Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston and Bluejack National Golf Club in Montgomery were each impacted by the rain, to varying degrees.
Torrential rainfall—nearly 20 inches in some areas Monday—has racked southeast Texas, leaving at least seven dead, thousands homeless and area golf courses struggling to clean up, Golfweek reported.
At Raveneaux Country Club in Spring, Texas, the aftermath looked biblical in scope, with floodwaters from the overmatched banks of the Cypress Creek that brushes along the south side of the club having washed over about two-thirds of the 18-hole layout. Personnel on site couldn’t exactly say how much water came down because the club’s 5-inch rain gauge quickly got swamped. The course is likely to remain closed for at least another week, Golfweek reported.
Thomas Brinson, PGA, CCM, who previously served as Head Professional at Raveneaux CC before his current position at Governors Club in Chapel Hill, N.C., provided the link of this drone footage of the damage to C&RB:
On the south side of Cypress Creek, 36-hole Champions Golf Club sits on marginally higher ground, which limited flooding to about four holes on the facility’s Cypress Creek Course. The club’s Jackrabbitt Course, which sits farthest from the waterway, was open for play by mid-week, Golfweek reported.
River Oaks Country Club endured what General Manager Joe Bendy termed “minimal impact” from nine inches of rain that overspilled Buffalo Bayou on its northern perimeter. Bendy expects the course to be restored by the weekend after “some flooding” subsided and debris was removed. This assumes, he added, that the rains predicted for the rest of the week don’t match what the area already endured, Golfweek reported.
By Thursday, the club’s neighbor to the north, popular municipal Memorial Park Golf Course, was up and running, though still very wet and with carts confined to paths only, Golfweek reported.
At Bluejack National Golf Club in Montgomery, superintendent Eric Bauer said his newly opened, Tiger Woods-designed course endured nine inches of rain “out of nowhere.” The course was shut down and is expected to reopen by Sunday, with no structural damage and only repairs needed from downed tree limbs and other debris, Golfweek reported.