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
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $35
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $24.5
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $14
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $13.95
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $60
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $10
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $19
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $12
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16.15
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $14
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $30
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $29
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $29
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $35
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $32.95
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $13
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $12
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $10
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $11
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $19.95
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14.50 - $20.00
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $13 - $15
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Jersey Meadow Golf Course Houston $37
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
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