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
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $34
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $22
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $14
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $14
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $24
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $28
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.75
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $16
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $49
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $13
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.75
Alvin Golf & Country Club Alvin $7.50 - $8.50
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $13
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $14
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $8
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $34.95
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $15.95 - $25.00
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $13
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $14
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $14
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $13
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Kingwood Cove Golf Club Kingwood $10 - $20
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Wedgewood Golf Course Conroe $23 - $32
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $12
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $14
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $20
Brock Park Golf Course Houston $10 - $16
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World Houston $29
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club Hempstead $14
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
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