The association raised $5 million to take over the Houston, Texas golf course, as part of a contract with the city. A golf course restoration is slated to be complete by December 2017, and the organization is working to raise $10 million to build a new clubhouse and facilities by 2019.
The Houston Golf Association has taken over the Gus Wortham Park Golf Course from the city of Houston, Texas, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The golf association raised $5 million to take over the course, as part of a contract with the city. The group is now working to raise the remaining $10 million to build a new clubhouse and new facilities to be ready by 2019. The course restoration is slated to be completed by December 2017, the Chronicle reported.
“We’re all excited about the restoration of historic Gus Wortham Park Golf Course, an East End jewel and wonderful amenity for Houston,” said City Councilman Robert Gallegos.
The golf course has been an attraction in Houston since the early 1900s, when it was the Houston Country Club. Crews will break ground on the new construction later this year, the Chronicle reported.
Mayor Sylvester Turner said the association is working to return the course “to its former glory.”
“Once finished, Gus Wortham will be a first-rate recreational amenity able to compete with the city’s other premier golfing facilities,” Turner said in a statement. “It will fill a void in the East End.”
In 2014, City Council voted to restore the golf course rather than convert the 150-acre site to a garden, the Chronicle reported.