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
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $109
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $25
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $26 - $32
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $10
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $27
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $14
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $13.95
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $17
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $19
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $10
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $35
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $27
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $12
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.99
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $14
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.99
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $29
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $19.99
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $10
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $32
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $16
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $12
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $32.95
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $13 - $15
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $19.95
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Jersey Meadow Golf Course Houston $37
Waller Country Club Waller $25
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Houston Country Club Houston $88
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14.50 - $20.00
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
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