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
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $24
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $21
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $38
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $125
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $23
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $36.65
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.95
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $28
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $44.65
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $85
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $13
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Point/Shores at The Golf Preserve of Atascocita
Tee Times
Humble $30
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Pinehurst/Point at The Golf Preserve of Atascocita
Tee Times
Humble $30
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $17.95
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $10
Shores/Pinehurst at The Golf Preserve of Atascocita
Tee Times
Humble $30
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $14.50 - $20.00
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10 - $16
Walden On Lake Houston
Tee Times
Humble $50
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $55
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95 - $39.95
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $32
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $36
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $68
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $29
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $16
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40.65
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $39
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $45
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $15.95 - $25.00
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15.95
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $20
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $39
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95 - $39.95
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $10 - $20
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $39
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $21
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39.95 - $49.95
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $21
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $23 - $32
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29 - $59
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $29
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $30.95
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club Hempstead $14
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
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