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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Course City Rates from
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $21
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $32
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $14
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $18
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.75
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $22
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $49
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $16
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $25.65
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $25
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $13
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $30
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $15.95 - $25.00
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $32
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $18
Kingwood Cove Golf Club Kingwood $10 - $20
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $13
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Brock Park Golf Course Houston $10 - $16
Wedgewood Golf Course Conroe $23 - $32
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $56
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $27
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $13
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $14
Alvin Golf & Country Club Alvin $7.50 - $8.50
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $12
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $15
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $13
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $18
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $18
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $15
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Waller Country Club Waller $25
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World Houston $29
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club Hempstead $14
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Houston Country Club Houston $88
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