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
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
Pearland Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
The Golf Club at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $39
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Liberty Golf Course Liberty $11 - $16
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Bellville Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellville $14
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Melrose Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $8
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60 - $70
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Houston Country Club Houston $88
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Jackrabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Waller Country Club Waller $25
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $29 - $59
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
Sand Hill Farm Golf Club Waller $10
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $19 - $39
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
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