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

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Course City Rates from
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $18
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $10
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $26 - $32
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $15
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $65
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $10
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $32.95
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $7
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $10
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $32
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $12
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $15
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $10
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $17
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.99
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $35
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $27
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $29
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.99
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $12
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $10
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $19
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $10
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $14
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Houston Country Club Houston $88
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Jersey Meadow Golf Course Houston $37
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $13 - $15
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14.50 - $20.00
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $19.95
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