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
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $10
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $35
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $13
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $42
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $65
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $17
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $24.5
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $32
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $14
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $29
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $30
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16.15
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $10
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $14
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $30
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $14
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $12
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $30
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $19
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $29
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $10 - $20
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $31.95
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Jersey Meadow Golf Course Houston $37
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $13 - $15
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $27.95
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat
Tee Times
Hockley $75
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
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