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
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $10
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $109
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $29.95
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $41 - $51
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $43
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $20
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $20
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $20
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
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