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 $49
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.75
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $22
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $28
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $14
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $16
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $14
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $24
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $14
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $34
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $12
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $14
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $34.95
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $13
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $15.95 - $25.00
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $14
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $20
Kingwood Cove Golf Club Kingwood $10 - $20
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $13
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.75
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $8
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Alvin Golf & Country Club Alvin $7.50 - $8.50
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $14
Wedgewood Golf Course Conroe $23 - $32
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $13
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $13
Brock Park Golf Course Houston $10 - $16
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $14
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club Hempstead $14
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World Houston $29
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
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