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
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $10
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $99
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
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
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $41 - $51
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $35
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Houston Country Club Houston $88
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
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