HOUSTON (FOX 26) — The world’s number one golfer, Brooks Koepka, was joined by renowned golf course architect Tom Doak for a site visit at Memorial Park in Houston on Wednesday.
Doak was hired by Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and Astros Golf Foundation president Giles Kibbe to renovate the Memorial Park course in time for the site to host the Houston Open in 2020. Koepka is serving as the PGA Tour player consultant.
All of this is in anticipation of Houston City Council approving the Astros Golf Foundation renovation plan that include $13.5 million in private funding. The item will be on the city council agenda in January 2019 and Mayor Sylvester Turner recently told FOX 26 Sports, "It's gonna pass."
For Koepka, the winner of three majors, including back-to-back at the U.S. Open, this is the first time he’s ever done anything like this.
Through his company Renaissance Golf, Tom Doak has designed 35 courses in thirty years including five of the top 100 in the world, and once collaborated with Jack Nicklaus. Doak brings a wealth of experience to the Astros Golf Foundation and Memorial Park.
One of Koepka’s goals is to keep the fans in mind while re-working Memorial Park.