Memorial Park is one of five municipal golf courses operated by Houston Parks & Recreation Department. Designed by John Bredemus in 1936, the course hosted the Shell Houston Open from 1951 to 1963.
Rating Memorial Park all depends on what you're comparing it to. If you are looking at it purely as a public, city-owned golf course, it's outstanding. The conditioning is very good, it has fair challenges, and is a tremendous place to play golf if you're not wanting to shell out a bunch of money. My critiquing of the golf course from a design perspective is that it feels like a lot of the same stuff time after time. There's a couple holes that stand out and grab your attention as really strong holes, particularly the 15th. Otherwise, you're hitting the same two-three clubs into a lot of these holes, and the holes start to run together in your mind except those few exceptions which really stand out. Having said that, it's a very respectable course which offers a difficult test. If it hosts the Houston Open down the road, which is rumored, I'll be interested to see what they do with the course. There's no way from an infrastructure perspective that it could host an event that size right now. There's not a ton of open space on property that could easily be adjusted to compensate for that either. It's a fascinating time for one of Houston's best values.