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