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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 $39.2
The Golf Club at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $13.50 - $25.00
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Melrose Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $8
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
East River 9
Tee Times
Houston TBA
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Pearland Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $19 - $39
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $39
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Liberty Golf Course Liberty $11 - $16
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Jackrabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $29 - $59
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
Sand Hill Farm Golf Club Waller $10
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bellville Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellville $14
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60 - $70
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
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