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