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
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $145
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $22.95
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
La Torretta Del Lago
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $20.36
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $20
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $14
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $13
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $43
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club Houston $33 - $63
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club Katy $59
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $19 - $25
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Pecan Lakes Golf Club Navasota $33.00
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club Houston $33 - $63
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Waller Country Club Waller $25
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
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