Inside the course: Redstone Golf Club

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A view of a lake near the 18th hole, one of the toughest on the course.
March 25, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Randy Samoff
Original architect Rees Jones with player consultant David Toms (2004)
Par value 72
Number of TOUR events as host venue 7 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 29 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 7,457 (2006-present)
Grass Bermudagrass overseeded with perennial ryegrass (tees, fairways, rough); Bentgrass; bermudagrass; perennial ryegrass all overseeded w/ Poa trivialis; ryegrass (greens)
Tournament Stimpmeter 13 ft
Sand bunkers 60
Water hazards 13
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Course record
Player
Adam Scott
Johnson Wagner
Phil Mickelson
Jimmy Walker
Year
2008
2008
2011
2011
Round
1st
1st
3rd
1st
Finish
Withdrew
WON
WON
T30
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Brandt Jobe No. 7 2011
Woody Austin No. 7 2010
Lucas Glover No. 16 2010
2011 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 488-yard 18th A challenging and dramatic finishing hole. With a lake bordering the entire left side of the hole, the tee shot challenges the golfer to carry as much water as possible, while also avoiding the large sculptured bunker along the left of the fairway landing area. The approach leaves little margin for error, with water on the left and a sand bunker on the right. With the tournament on the line, attacking the left-back hole location is a gutsy proposition.
2011: 0 eagles, 32 birdies, 276 pars, 100 bogeys, 27 double bogeys, 4 others.
Easiest hole
The par-5 557-yard 8th A definite birdie and potential eagle opportunity, as two well-played shots will reach this deep and receptive par 5 green. However, bogey is also a possibility, as the fairway approach narrows considerablly into the green and is flanked by the lake on the right and a cluster of deep sand bunkers on the left.
2011: 12 eagles, 222 birdies, 166 pars, 28 bogeys, 7 double bogeys and 4 others.
Redstone GC2011 rankings Last 6 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 397 3.845 14 3.893 13
2 4 429 4.034 11 4.046 11
3 4 398 4.093 7 4.060 10
4 5 566 4.904 13 4.862 14
5 4 480 4.194 2 4.225 2
6 4 464 4.05 9 4.185 3
7 3 174 3.096 6 3.072 7
8 5 557 4.567 18 4.661 18
9 3 238 3.116 5 3.147 5
10 4 380 3.932 12 3.932 12
11 4 441 4.089 8 4.067 9
12 4 338 3.708 17 3.761 16
13 5 590 4.713 16 4.710 17
14 3 216 3.164 3 3.169 4
15 5 608 4.74 15 4.841 15
16 3 204 3.05 9 3.070 8
17 4 489 4.139 4 4.119 6
18 4 488 4.305 1 4.339 1
Course origins
Redstone Golf Club is a relatively new course with a history, since it's located on the site of the former El Dorado Country Club. Designed by Jay Riviere, El Dorado Country Club opened in the 1960s, but was closed in the early 1990s as a victim of a suffering Houston economy following the oil bust.
Redstone Golf Club is located just 16 miles from downtown Houston, 5 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport, in a natural wooded terrain surrounded by wetlands, lakes and native wildlife. Redstone Golf Club is the proud home of Houston's only PGA TOUR stop, the Shell Houston Open. The first Course (The Member Course) is private, designed by Jacobsen Hardy Golf Design and opened December 2002. The second course (The Tournament Course) was designed by Rees Jones with PGA TOUR player David Toms as course consultant, is now open to the public and has served as the home to the Shell Houston Open since April 2006.
The facility has a state-of-the-art practice range with a 100,000 square foot double-ended teeing area with seven target greens ranging from 100-300 yards and an extensive short game practice area.
For additional information visit Redstone Golf Club online at www.redstonegolfclub.com. --Source: Golf Course Superintendents Assocation of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
River Oaks CC Houston, Texas 1946
Memorial Park GC Houston, Texas 1947, 1951-1963
Pine Forest CC Houston, Texas 1949
Brae Burn CC Houston, Texas 1950
Sharpstown CC Houston, Texas 1964-1965
Champions GC Houston, Texas 1966-1971
Westwood CC Houston, Texas 1972
Quail Valley GC Missouri City, Texas 1973-74
Woodlands CC The Woodlands, Texas 1975-1984
TPC Woodlands The Woodlands, Texas 1985-2002
Redstone GC (Member Course) Humble, Texas 2003-2005
Redstone GC (Tournament Course) Humble, Texas 2006-present

The TOUR heads west for the Shell Houston Open in Humble, Texas. Learn more about the Redstone GC (Tournament Course).

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