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
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $99
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $32
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $30
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Tour 18 Houston
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Humble $24.95
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
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