BOB WEST: Babe Zaharias Memorial survives Laura, which wrecks Sunset Grove

Published 12:04 am Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Unlike Orange’s Sunset Grove Country Club 25 miles to the East, Port Arthur’s Babe Zaharias Memorial Golf Club escaped Hurricane Laura’s wrath without visible damage. Zaharias was closed for five days by evacuation orders and power outages before re-opening Sunday.

About the only noticeable difference to golfers was fairway grass that had not been mowed. Before the course was made available to play Sunday, all greens had been cut. Fairways on the front were not completely mowed out until Tuesday, with the back due to be finished up by Thursday.

Sunset Grove, meanwhile, took a brutal hit from Laura’s high winds. Scores of trees, much as was the case at Port Arthur Country Club and Beaumont Country Club after Rita in 1995, were snapped and littering the course.

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