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
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $37
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $26
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $125
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $28.95
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $35
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $20
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $38
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $33.75
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $24
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $28
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $33.95
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $38
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
Point/Shores at The Golf Preserve of Atascocita
Tee Times
Humble $10
Pinehurst/Point at The Golf Preserve of Atascocita
Tee Times
Humble $10
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $10
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $13
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $17
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $14.50 - $20.00
Shores/Pinehurst at The Golf Preserve of Atascocita
Tee Times
Humble $10
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95 - $39.95
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $29
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $45
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $23 - $32
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $29.5
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $35
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $20
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $11
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95 - $39.95
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $55
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $17
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Walden On Lake Houston
Tee Times
Humble $50
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $10 - $20
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29 - $59
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $29
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $22
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $33.75
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39.95 - $49.95
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $29.95
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club Hempstead $14
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Waller Country Club Waller $25
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