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
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Pearland Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $50
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $50
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $39
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $50
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Galveston Country Club Galveston $43 - $70
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $29 - $59
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $19 - $39
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