Mike Bailey, writing for golftexas.com, has the story:
... Come late fall, southwest Houston will lose one of the best daily fee golf courses in the state. Old Orchard Golf Club, a 27-hole facility that has hosted numerous special events, championships and qualifiers, will close Nov. 11 if all goes as planned.
The course has 22 owners, which include Montgomery and Champions Tour player Keith Fergus, and is being sold to real estate developers for an undisclosed amount. Though Montgomery wouldn't reveal details, the profit on the land will far exceed revenues and the cost of the course, which opened in 1990.
The closure will leave the Richmond area, which is located about 30 miles southwest of downtown Houston, with a significant void in the daily-fee market. The Houstonian Golf Club, an excellent Rees Jones-design next door to Old Orchard, recently became private and The Houstonian's sister club, Shadow Hawk Golf Club, which is located on the same property, has always been private. That leaves only Greatwood Golf Club as the only viable quality daily fee facility in the immediate area.
It's a pity, especially given that Old Orchard is a successful, respected golf course. It's not one that was on the verge of going out of business, or that has allowed its conditions and reputation to deteriorate over the years. But great land around Houston becomes more scarce, and therefore more expensive, all the time I suppose.
If you've ever played any combination of Old Orchard's three nines, you probably went away saying that you'd like to come back some day. If so, better hurry.