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
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $39
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Galveston Country Club Galveston $43 - $70
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $19 - $39
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $29 - $59
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
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