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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

 

Houston Courses Closing _ Pine Crest & Wedgewood

Wedgewood
Several Houston area golf courses have closed in recent years, including properties in Clear Lake, Inwood Forest and Fort Bend County.
oh, the sadness this brings . . . i played Inwood Forest Dozens of Times . . . my old friend J.D. was a member there . . . was kinda flat, but wandered thru a declining neighborhood broken up by numerous branches of the bayou system, which made it somewhat interesting. Mismanaged for decades, IMVHO. . . .
 Wedgewood logs about 28,000 rounds annually, but needs about 40,000, said Yewens, who works part-time at Wedgewood.


Now: Wedgewood . . . the loss of this course for more housing is a debacle of napoleonic dimension. Layout by the great courmudgeon Von Hagge, this is/was a course of high shot-values, up and down dynamics were, er, uh, dynamic . . . as a walking course, in the Houston Summer . . . Brutal . . . if one can ever describe golf conditions as Brutal . . . 8^D . . . and Scotty & I played there once after an ice-storm . . . in peril of ice falling off suddenly from the tall loblolly pines, or actual branches breaking under the strain . . . I still have a JN6 pc game of this course i made back in the early 00s.



Meritage Homes announced plans this week to build single-family homes on the recently closed Pine Crest golf course in the Spring Branch area.
The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based builder is buying the land for what will be a master-planned community called Spring Brook Village.
MetroNational is selling to the builder the 116 acres where some 800 residents are expected to live when the project is completed.
The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based builder is buying the land for what will be a master-planned community called Spring Brook Village. MetroNational is selling to the builder the 116 acres where some 800 residents are expected to live when the project is completed.

I've played at  Pine Crest many times, too, with my old friend The Jaybird . . . it was across from our old office at Appletree . . . it most saddens me that i saw this course go from an empty field to a golf course to now its final demise . . . how much of a loss this course might be might be up for debate, but i should have liked to have played it again . . . the last course in Houston I played was Jersey Village . . . why don't they close that cow-pasture for housing, instead? . . . 8^P . . . 8^D . . . PC was just down Gessner from my condo in west Houston, so if i didn't want to drive all the way out to Walden On Lake Conroe, PC was a good alternative. back in the early 00s, it always seemed iffy to walk-on for a late afternoon round, it was so busy . . . it was mostly flat, too, but there were several holes of interest to me: on the back 9 there was a par5-par4 (#15 & #16) sequence of some value: the par 5 with a tree in the landing area crimped by woodsy borders; the 90-degree dogleg left par 4 over water, like-wise hemmed in by tall loblollies



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