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