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
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
The Golf Club at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Pearland Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $50
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $39
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $50
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $50
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $29 - $59
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60 - $70
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $19 - $39
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
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