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
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $24.5
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $17
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $65
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $23
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $10
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $31
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $31
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $13.95
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $19
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $10
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $32.95
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $29
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $12
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $30
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $19
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16.15
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $20
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $29
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $14
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $14
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $10
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $14
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $35
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $12
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Houston Country Club Houston $88
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Jersey Meadow Golf Course Houston $37
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $19.95
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat
Tee Times
Hockley $75
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $13 - $15
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
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