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
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $25
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $14
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $10
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $26 - $32
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $109
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $13
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $27
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $15
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $10
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $19
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $16
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $12
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $29
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $32.95
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $19.99
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $10
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $12
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.99
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $32
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $35
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.99
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $13
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $27
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $14
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14.50 - $20.00
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $19.95
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Jersey Meadow Golf Course Houston $37
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $13 - $15
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