Destination Guide

Destination: Houston

From Redstone Golf Club to Cypresswood Golf Club to Memorial Park Golf Course, and many in between, Houston is turning into a prime golfing destination.

HOUSTON - Some call Houston the Space City because that's where NASA's Mission Control once heard, "Houston, we have a problem."

Locals might know it better as the Bayou City because of the series of waterways that divide the city. Houston is also known for its oil refineries, medical research and hospital facilities, and shipping industry.

However you picture H-Town or the Golden Buckle, though, there's no denying that the nation's fourth largest city has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment, restaurants and golf.

The city has three major professional sports teams - the Astros, Texans and Rockets - a great downtown theater district, loads of shopping (including the famous Galleria) and warm weather year-round. It also has the country's fourth largest museum district.

The metro also offers the beaches of Galveston, rides and restaurants at the Kemah Boardwalk, and Space Center Houston, a theme park at NASA in Clear Lake City that both entertains and educates.

The average high temperature in the winter is in the mid-to-upper 60s and low 90s in the dog days of summer. Humidity is generally high, but early spring and fall are the best times to play golf in Houston.

And there is plenty of golf - about 150 golf courses in the area to be more precise, the majority of which are public.

Houston, or more specifically nearby Humble, is where you'll find Tour 18 Golf Club, the original of the copycat, or replica, courses. The folks there did a nice job with Amen Corner as well as famous holes from other famous venues. The club is about 15 minutes from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and generally not expensive to play.

Also near the airport is Redstone Golf Club. The Tournament Course, designed by Rees Jones, is the site of the PGA Tour's Shell Houston Open, and it's open to the public. Springtime and late fall are the best times to play when the ryegrass fairways and overseeded greens are thriving as they set up the course to mimic Augusta National.

Another good public facility not too far from Bush Airport is Cypresswood Golf Club. The Tradition, designed by Keith Foster, is the jewel of this 54-hole facility.

Inside the 610 Loop, you'll find historic Memorial Park Golf Course. Renovated a few years ago, it's the annual site of the city amateur championships and once hosted the city's PGA Tour event. Green fees, including cart, are less than $50 on the weekend, but you have to get online to get a tee time, usually.

On the northwest side of town, you'll find a trio of really good courses.
BlackHorse Golf Club has two excellent, 18-hole, Jacobsen-Hardy layouts. Just a couple miles away, Cypress Lakes Golf Club lays claim to having the best greens in the metro area. And just around the corner, Houston National Golf Club has 27 well-conditioned, links-style holes with plenty of water and small greens.

More north, there's the Steve Elkington-designed Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek. Located just north of The Woodlands, Woodforest also boasts great greens and conditions. High Meadow Ranch Golf Club is another good layout that's a little bit of a drive toward Magnolia. Designed by David Ogrin, the course is divided into three interesting six-hole loops.

On the southwest side of town, you can check out the high-end daily fee layout of Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club, a good Greg Norman design with plenty of risk-reward holes created out of old rice fields. Or in Friendswood, check out Timber Creek Golf Club (27 holes).

Even farther south is Moody Gardens Golf Course, which recently underwent a $17 million renovation. Featuring paspalum tee to green, Moody Gardens barely resembles its former self as Galveston Municipal.

And to the east, there's Eagle Pointe Golf Club, an inexpensive but well-conditioned, challenging layout that's worth the drive to Mont Belvieu.

Dining in Houston


There are more than 5,000 restaurants in Houston, and Houstonians eat out often. According to a Zagat's survey, Houston residents go to restaurants about 4.4 times per week compared to the national average of 3.3 times a week.

The restaurants are as diverse as the population, from Mexican to seafood to Cajun, the city has it all.

For a really unique experience, you can try the Downtown Aquarium, which features a half million gallons of fish exhibits as well as great seafood offerings.

Houston is also home to the original Pappas restaurants, which includes Pappadeux, Pappas Steakhouse and Seafood, and Pappasito's Cantinas. Ninfa's Mexican restaurants as well as Carrabbas Italian Grille and the Landry's family of restaurants also originated in Houston.

Getting to Houston


Houston is located just 50 miles from the coast. Interstates 10 and 45 intersect at downtown.

Two commercial airports serve the city. Most airlines fly in the larger George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which is home base for Continental Airlines. Hobby Airport, on the south side, is where you'll land if you fly Southwest or AirTran.

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Courses

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $99
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $32
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $30
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $24
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $24
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $24
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
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