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
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Pearland Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
The Golf Club at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Liberty Golf Course Liberty $11 - $16
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $39
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Bellville Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellville $14
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Melrose Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $8
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60 - $70
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $19 - $39
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Jackrabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $29 - $59
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Sand Hill Farm Golf Club Waller $10
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
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