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
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $10
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $99
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $41 - $51
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $35
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Houston Country Club Houston $88
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Waller Country Club Waller $25
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
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