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
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $32
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $99
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $30
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
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