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
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $10
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $99
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $41 - $51
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $29.4
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $29.4
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $39
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
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