Some of the world’s best golfers will compete this week at Memorial Park, which is hosting the Houston Open for the first time since 1963.
The field for the annual PGA Tour event includes more than 15 major champions and six of the top 25 players in the latest world golf rankings, including No. 1 Dustin Johnson and No. 12 Brooks Koepka, who served as a player consultant for the recent Memorial Park Golf Course redesign that enabled the tournament to move from the Golf Club of Houston inside city limits. Among the other golfing stars competing in the tournament, which starts Thursday and concludes Sunday, are Jason Day, Tony Finau, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth.
“I consider the international spotlight on Houston a hole-in-one,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news release.
Along with top-notch golf, the tournament also will bring some traffic implications and road closures impacting the park and its surrounding areas. Visitors to the park who are not watching the tournament are encouraged to use the Seymour Lieberman Trail and visit the Clay Family Eastern Glades between 7-11 p.m.
Among other suggestions for park patrons are:
– Park north of Memorial Drive between 7-11 p.m., but not overnight or between 4-7 a.m.
– Access the Memorial Park loop between 7-11 p.m.
– Use the Memorial Park loop to exit the park after 11 p.m. only
– Park south of Memorial Drive during normal park hours
“We hope that runners and visitors to the park will understand and take this opportunity to visit one of our other parks in the system,” said Steve Wright, director of Houston Parks and Recreation.
For more information about the impact of the tournament on Memorial Park and surrounding neighborhoods, visit houstontx.gov/parks/pdfs/2020/2020HoustonOpenMemorialPark_ParkingPlan.pdf.