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
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $21
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $10
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $99
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $21
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $21
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $24
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $10
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $31.85
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $41 - $51
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $35
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $27.95
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
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