Shocking Vandalism at Golf Club of Houston

The home of the Shell Houston Open was vandalised for the second time this year

Vandalism at Golf Club of Houston: the host of the Shell Houston Open had its 14th green vandalised yesterday in disgusting fashion

Shocking Vandalism at Golf Club of Houston

The Golf Club of Houston has had one if its greens vandalised for the second time this year.

Brian Bucker, the Director of Agronomy at the club, yesterday tweeted this photo of the 14th green showing disgusting damage.

See more

What does an agronomist do?

The Shell Houston Open on the PGA Tour takes place the week before the Masters and is hailed for its Augusta-like course conditions which make it perfect preparation for the season's first major championship.

This year's tournament was won by Jim Herman who recorded his first ever PGA Tour win and gained entry into the Masters.

Vandalism at Golf Club of Houston

If it's any consolation the staff have the best part of 11 months to repair it for next year's playing, although you do feel for members and guests who will be affected by it during play.

You have to feel for the greenkeepers as well who work extremely hard day-in day-out to keep the course in fine shape.

The vandalism at the Golf Club of Houston is thought to be two four-wheeler trucks who must have snuck onto the property during the night.

Golf Club of Houston Vandalism

The 14th hole at Golf Club of Houston during the Shell Houston Open

The Golf Club of Houston's 16th hole was also vandalised back in January where a golf cart did 'donuts' on the green.

Why do people vandalise golf courses and how can we prevent golf course vandalism? Do golf courses need cameras or fences blocking entry during the night?

There is simply no answer for that and we can only hope the guilty suspects are found and punished.

At Golf Monthly we send our regards to the club and wish them well with recovery.

If you have any pictures or stories about vandalism at a golf course near you, contact us on our social media channels.

Next: Rory McIlroy headlines and hosts Irish Open

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. Elliott graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He is obsessed with the game and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey. His handicap index floats between 3-5. 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

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Honma TR20B

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x