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
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $22
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $21
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $22
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $18
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $15
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $110
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $22
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $30.95
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $28
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $12
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $17
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $28
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $14
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $30
Wedgewood Golf Course Conroe $23 - $32
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $17
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $50
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $17
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Kingwood Cove Golf Club Kingwood $10 - $20
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.75
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $21
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $28
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $34.95
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $12
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club Hempstead $14
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World Houston $29
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
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