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
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $26.99
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $22
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $65
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $14
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $10
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $26 - $32
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $36
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $10.99
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $14
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $10
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $12
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $10
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $26.36
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $20
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $12
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $15
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $17.99
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $10
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $10
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $12
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $35
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Jersey Meadow Golf Course Houston $37
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14.50 - $20.00
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $13 - $15
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $19.95
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
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