Moody Gardens GC Prepares to Reopen

Hurricane Ike dumped a lot of debris on the Moody Gardens Golf Course in Galveston, Texas, but only minor damage is keeping the course from opening to the public. Employees have been working since three days after the storm hit in early September to get the course cleared of debris and back into operation.

"We are doing everything in our power to have the course open in two to three weeks," general manager Bill Pushak said. "We look forward to providing Galvestonians a place to relax and release stress, as well as encouraging visitors to return to our resilient island."

Special care is being taken to ensure the continued playability of the course. "The golf course weathered the storm quite well," said superintendent Steve Yarotsky. "The grass, called Paspalum, is a salt-tolerant variety designed for seaside courses, and it is still green and healthy."

Areas in need of repair are being assessed in the following order: greens, tees, fairways and bunkers. The most affected areas were the bunkers, while the clubhouse sustained only minor water damage. Updates will be posted at as they become available. For more information, call 409/370-4585.