Looking for an overview of the new site of UT’s recently-announced Houston campus? Your best bet may be to stop in at the Wildcat Golf Club, located directly across Holmes Rd. from the site of UT’s planned purchase. Native Houstonians may experience a touch of vertigo trekking up the club’s grassy peaks to catch the view of NRG Park and downtown (see above) — hills on the site reach more than 115 feet above sea level in places. (Downtown, for comparison, stands at roughly 50 feet, and the big hill at Miller Outdoor Theater tops out around 65.)
The golf club’s topography is a byproduct of its original gig as a major municipal landfill, operating for nearly two decades until 1989; clay and topsoil were imported to sculpt the waste heaps into today’s smoothly rolling hills and water features:
The site’s 36 holes are divided by a power transmission corridor into two courses: the Highlands (picture above) and the Lakes (pictured below). Large water features double as irrigation sources to keep the greens green.
The club is further divided by several criss-crossing pipeline easements:
Sharp-eyed and lucky visitors might catch a glimpse the club’s unofficial resident mascot, Lord Jethro the bobcat (or one of his 3 wives); those less inclined to hunt moving targets can seek out the scattering of still-kicking
oil derricks pumpjacks nestled throughout the club alongside and between fairways:
Photos: Swamplot inbox