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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Courses

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $145
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $22.95
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
La Torretta Del Lago
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $14
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $20
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $13
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $43
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $20.36
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club Houston $33 - $63
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $19 - $25
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club Katy $59
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club Houston $33 - $63
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Pecan Lakes Golf Club Navasota $33.00
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
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