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
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $26 - $32
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $99
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $29.95
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $20
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $17
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $30
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14.50 - $20.00
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Jersey Meadow Golf Course Houston $37
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $13 - $15
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
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