Places generally along the South Freeway (I-45), and south of the Ship Channel, including Clear Lake, Deer Park, Freindswood, the Hobby Area, League City, Pasadena, Santa Fe, South Houston, and Texas City.
I would take a golf course over a strip mall and concrete any day. Of course, an open prairie filled with native grasses is better for the environment than a golf course. But Bermuda grass is pretty good at beating the heat without needing a ton of water.
I think the last time I was at Melrose had to be over 15 years ago. considering the state of it back then, I'm shocked it's still a course today.
and to call it a par 3 course it generous, it's more of a pitch and putt. if I recall, the longest hole was barely 120. I think I even used a lob wedge from the tee box on one of the holes.
anyway, Houston could do with some more par 3 courses, for sure, especially ones that have lighting to allow for night play.
I miss hackberry.