The Houston Astros continue to hit ‘em out of the park – Memorial Park, that is. As part of the larger City of Houston Memorial Park Golf Course renovation, the Astros Golf Foundation is funding a new, expanded driving range at the course in addition to funding overall course improvements. The two-level hitting area will have 84 spacious hitting bays, with ample lighting for nighttime use. The project also includes 60 additional new parking spaces for the golf course parking lot. The Astros Golf Foundation participation in the larger Memorial Park course improvements is aimed to help position the course as one of the best in the nation and on the PGA Tour. Construction on the driving range will begin in June and is expected to be complete by early November. The 2019 Houston Open will be held at the Golf Club of Houston in October and will move back to Memorial Park Golf Course in 2020.
PRISM worked with Houston architect Robert McKinney to develop the renderings promoting the new driving range. He co-founded the Medalist Golf Association to support the working amateur golfer. McKinney has been a practicing architect for 44 years and has been active in the design community. He is also a published author who has written multiple books on golf clubhouse design.