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 $109
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $10
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $20
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $43
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $19.99
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $41 - $51
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
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