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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
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
The Golf Club at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Bayou Golf Course - Pitch & Putt Texas City $10
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Pearland Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Melrose Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $8
East River 9
Tee Times
Houston $34 - $40
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $13.50 - $25.00
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $45
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Big Easy Ranch - 9-Hole Course Columbus N/A
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60 - $70
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $39
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Sand Hill Farm Golf Club Waller $10
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Liberty Golf Course Liberty $11 - $16
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $19 - $39
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Jackrabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $29 - $59
Bellville Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellville $14
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
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