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
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $15.95 - $25.00
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Galveston Country Club Galveston $43 - $70
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Houston Country Club Houston $88
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
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