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
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $22
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $10
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $19
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $18
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $17
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $18
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $60
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $30.95
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $22
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $30
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $14
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $27
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $10
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $18
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $45
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $10
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $11
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $10
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.75
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $10
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Kingwood Cove Golf Club Kingwood $10 - $20
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Wedgewood Golf Course Conroe $23 - $32
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $10
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $11
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $10
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $11
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $34.95
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $14
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club Hempstead $14
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World Houston $29
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Waller Country Club Waller $25
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
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