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
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $99
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $10
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $35
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $41 - $51
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $20
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
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