Houston Golf Association to Begin Renovation of Historic Gus Wortham Park Golf Course

Oldest Continuously Operating 18-hole Golf Course in Texas Closes for
Construction Jan. 20

Golf Association
(HGA) announced that phase one construction of the
historic Gus Wortham Park Golf Course renovation will begin following a
groundbreaking ceremony, Friday, Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m.. Located off of
Wayside, near Lawndale, Gus
Wortham Park Golf Course
will close to undergo a renovation bringing
the golf course up to modern standards while preserving its historic

On Dec. 31 2015, Houston Golf Association was awarded operations of the
facility through a contract with the City of Houston. After working
through mutually agreed upon operational transition, the HGA commenced
management and maintenance responsibility of Gus Wortham Park Golf
Course on Feb. 22, 2016 to operate the facility as 501(c)(3) non-profit
self supporting enterprise. Under this structure, the HGA raises private
funds for renovation and upgrading of facilities, as well as,
reinvestment of cash flow for sustaining facility quality. It is through
private funds and support from corporate partners that the Houston Golf
Association begins renovation construction of the 108-year old golf
course. A campaign is currently underway to initiate construction of
phase two, which includes a new clubhouse and community center,
educational space for local youth participating in The First Tee of
Greater Houston, as well as maintenance and cart storage facilities.

“I’m excited to see HGA begin the renovation of Gus Wortham and restore
the course to its former glory,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Once
complete, the course and the scope of the overall project, will bring
first-class amenities to the East End neighborhood and surrounding
communities, while preserving an important legacy in Houston’s
remarkable history.”

Situated along Brays Bayou and east of downtown, the Gus Wortham Park
Golf Course continues to be an attraction for golfers since the early
1900s, when it was the Houston Country Club. The golf course has been
played by many legends in golf including Francis Ouimet and Bobby Jones.
All improvements to the 150-acre site will be performed with natural
resource sustainability as an overarching principle. Phase one of the
golf course renovation will overhaul the irrigation system for better
water conservation, add a new irrigation lake for storm water retention,
and reestablish creek banks while preserving the uniqueness and beauty
of the original design.

“Working alongside the Houston Golf Association, we were able to ensure
that the community’s needs were met and enhanced by this exciting
restoration project,” said City Council Member Robert Gallegos, who
represents the East End. “Gus Wortham is a jewel in our community that
has the potential to offer not only a great golfing experience, but
serve as a permanent home for a The First Tee youth development and
enrichment program serving children in our area.”

Houston Golf Association worked with Council Member Gallegos to
accommodate community amenities, including a trail connector, dog park,
b-cycle station and space for community gatherings.

“Golf is a sport that can be enjoyed by everyone,” said Steve Timms,
president of the Houston Golf Association and The First Tee of Greater
Houston. “The renovation of Gus Wortham, along with our continued
efforts to reinvest back into our neighborhoods by improving public golf
courses, helps the HGA further our mission to grow the game, at every
age. It is our hope that the impact of our work will be felt for
generations to come.”

The impact of the restoration of the Gus Wortham Park Golf Course will
enhance quality of life for residents with a best-in-class recreational
amenity, be a catalyst for economic development in the East End, and
provide expanded educational opportunities for local area youth through
programming by the HGA’s wholly-owned subsidiary The First Tee of
Greater Houston.

The Houston Golf Association is working with golf course architect
Baxter Spann of Finger
Dye Spann
on the project. Construction on the golf course begins
immediately. Estimated completion of phase one is late 2017.

For a gallery
of golf course images and more information about the project, visit GusWortham.org
or call 281-454-7000.


Amanda Hansen, 281-459-8702