Houston Open venue deluged by '1,000-year flood'

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There was a measure of good news for Steve Timms early Tuesday as he pulled into the parking lot at Golf Club of Houston, the most recent venue for the PGA Tour’s Houston Open.

“The water went down 5, 6 feet, which is good,” said Timms, the president and CEO of the Houston Golf Association, which runs the annual Tour stop. “But it’s a lake. As far as you can see in all directions it’s under water.”

Timms estimates that Hurricane Harvey, which continued to linger over the area, has produced over 30 inches of rainfall on the northeast side of Houston, where the Tournament Course is located.

Like many layouts in the Houston area, the Tournament Course is built along a bayou and is prone to flooding. During the Tax Day floods of 2016, which dropped an estimated 17 inches of rain, Timms said the Tournament Course suffered from erosion and lost a cart path. Until the water recedes he could only speculate how much damage Harvey had caused.

“Houston has a long recovery in front of it,” Timms said. “It’s a 1,000-year flood event and, unfortunately, it’s still raining.”

Many Tour players have reached out to Timms via social media since the storm hit Houston.

“The support has been great and we really appreciate it,” Timms said. “We’re fine, thank goodness, but Houston is not fine.”