Golf Club Of Houston Vandals Caught

Two culprits have seemingly been caught after the disgusting damage to a green at the Golf Club of Houston

Two culprits have seemingly been caught after disgusting damage to a green at the Golf Club of Houston

Golf Club Of Houston Vandals Caught

For the third time since January 2016, the Golf Club of Houston, home to the Shell Houston Open, has had one of its greens vandalised.

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In both January and May 2016 the course was vandalised by joy riders.

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This time, the CCTV managed to catch the criminals who were driving a quad bike, and police were able to locate the vehicle the next day after an off-duty officer followed the culprits home.

Image: Golf Club of Houston

The boys' parents have apologised and will repay the damage.

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This was the damage to the 14th green last May:

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Brian Buckner, Head of Agronomy at GC of Houston, wrote: "Unfortunately we are pretty good on these repairs with the amount of 4-wheeler damage repaired over the past couple years.

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Here is the 16th green now, little over a week since the vandalism:

Image: Brian Buckner/GC of Houston/Golf Advisor

Buckner said, "Great job by team members Carlos, Daniel, and Antonio. Thank you everyone that helped keep an eye out for our course."

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x