HOUSTON — The Houston Open is coming to Memorial Park.
The Houston City Council approved a $13.5 million plan to renovate the Memorial Park Golf Course on Wednesday morning.
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is working with the Astros Golf Foundation and the City of Houston on the plan, which bring the Houston Open tournament back inside city limits.
In the proposal, the foundation would commit to paying a $250,000 annual tournament fee to the Memorial Park Conservancy and $750,000 to the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.
The golf course will close during renovation, scheduled to begin next month, pending permit approvals. It would reopen by fall of 2019 if all goes as planned. The plan includes construction of a two-story driving range, a new and relocated maintenance facility and a short course for the first tee.
City officials say the improvements to the public course will not result in a fee increase for users.
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