April 5, 2014 at 9:40am
Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of working on some very unique projects within our Houston community. The PGA Tour event held here in Houston is one of those projects and quite an affair. In 1992, Shell Oil became the title sponsor of the PGA Tour event. They knew they were going to need to put on a spectacular show in the landscape and immediately contacted Anita McCormick with Landscape Art to ask for help.
Our first year’s work included decorating the sponsor tents and a small Shell “logo” made from real flowers perched behind the 14th tee box. This project expanded into the construction of a decorative float on the pod at the 18th green.
Creating a floating planted display is both challenging and fun. As you can see here, we have to ferry all the materials out to the float. It's a good thing our crew are also good sailors! It's just these kinds of unique challenges we enjoy tackling in our landscape projects.
Each year, the event displays have become larger and more elaborate. When the tournament moved to its current location at the Redstone Tournament course in 2006 the floral display was taken to a new level.
The modest Shell floral “logo” that we constructed 14 years earlier became a twenty-foot masonry structure behind the tee box of the 18th hole. This is now a permanent fixture that we installed. The pond float at the 18th green was increased to twenty-four feet in diameter and now includes a fountain spray ring around the float, as well as four re-designed Shell logos with bright yellow and red blooms beaming out from the foliage.
We’ve been so pleased to remained involved in the project over the last 22 years and are always excited to see our work featured on live television, in the pages of international publications such as Sports Illustrated, in print media such as the Houston Chronicle and in virtually all the promotional material for the tournament.
We are very proud of our association with the Shell Houston Open and hope that you will enjoy our handiwork whether at the tournament or on television. We hope you enjoy the event!