The maintenance staff at the Golf Club of Houston, host of the Shell Houston Open, could have had a better Monday morning.
The club’s Director of Agronomy tweeted a photo on Monday morning that shows the 14th green of the tournament course torn up with tire marks from what seems to be doughnuts on an ATV or truck. Why anyone would destroy greens that are so well-maintained is beyond me, but doing so on a course known for its outstanding greens year after year is just sick.
The Golf Club of Houston is known for its Augusta-like conditions, and has become a popular stop-off for players looking for a last-minute tune-up ahead of the Masters. The course would not comment on how much it would cost to repair when contacted. They did say that it would be repaired within a few days, using turf from the nursery as a replacement.
Thankfully, the 14th was the only green that was damaged, so hopefully the club will be able to quickly bounce back from this unfortunate incident.