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 $10
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $125
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
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
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $30
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $41 - $51
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Houston Country Club Houston $88
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
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