Mayor Annise Parker announced that the initial fundraising targets have been met for restoration of the Gus Wortham Golf Course and creation of a Houston Botanic Garden at Glenbrook Golf Course. As a result, the city will turn over operation of the Gus Wortham Course to the Houston Golf Association (HGA) effective January 1, 2016 and the Houston Botanic Gardens will be allowed to exercise an option to lease the Glenbrook facility.
Under the terms of the contract with the City, HGA was required to raise an initial $5 million by the end of 2015 in order to be able to take over the facility and begin restoration work. The City and HGA will work through a mutually-agreed upon transition period. Over the next two years, HGA will work to raise additional funds to ensure restoration of the Golf Course to its historic condition. In addition, a new clubhouse and other amenities will be in place by July 1, 2019.
The HGA project will enhance quality of life for residents with a best-in-class recreational amenity, stimulate economic development in the East End, and provide expanded educational opportunities through programming by the HGA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, The First Tee of Greater Houston, which is already offering programming on-site.
The Houston Botanic Garden was also under contract to raise $5 million by the end of 2015. Another $15 million is to be raised by December 31, 2017. The City will continue to operate the Glenbrook Golf Course until the additional monies are raised.