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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Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $20
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $10
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $80
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $29
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
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
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $43
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $20
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39.95 - $49.95
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Houston Country Club Houston $88
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
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