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
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $10
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $80
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $28.95
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $43
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Waller Country Club Waller $25
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
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