HOUSTON, TX April 14, 1998 -- The Redstone Group, a Houston-based integrated financial services group, broke ground today on a private, thirty-six hole golf club, which will feature two courses designed by golf architect Rees Jones. The project, named The Houstonian Golf Club, is located in Ft. Bend County, and is Jones' first design project in Texas. Redstone, which owns and operates the four-star, four-diamond Houstonian Hotel, Club Spa in Houston, Texas, plans to operate one course as an exclusive club, and the second as an amenity to hotel guests and Houstonian Club members.
Project Manager, Jim Hardy of Golf Services Group of Houston, says The Houstonian Golf Club will be comparable to other Rees Jones projects such as the Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, N.Y., and Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga. "Rees is a marquee name in golf course development these days," said Hardy. "His approach is lauded by golfers who have passion for the classic type golf experience. This project is a big coup for Texas."
Jones, the son of course architect Robert Trent Jones, has become well known and highly respected for his natural and classic golf course design philosophy. Jones was selected to redesign the Congressional County Club in Bethesda, Md. for the 1997 U.S. Open, and has also redesigned the Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, and Baltusrol's famed lower course in New Jersey.
According to Jones, the Houstonian Golf Club will possess a multi-theme style of design with clearly defined shot making objectives, and a variety of sand, grass and water features. Jones believes the selection of the site is crucial, and that it serves as a canvas for the creation of the design. At the Houstonian Golf Club, Jones will blend the property's existing 65-acre lake and Texas flora with rolls, hollows and sculpted landforms.
Redstone plans to build separate clubhouses for each of the courses, and will limit the exclusive course to 300 memberships.
"The ultimate measure of success is building uncontrived courses that have enough variety and character to retain the golfer's interest round after round. I strive to build my courses to stand the test of time," said Jones.