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
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $18
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $15
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $10
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $26 - $32
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $65
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $10
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $10
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $32.95
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $7
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $10
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $10
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $14
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $35
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $12
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $15
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.99
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $17
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $42
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $32
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $12
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $27
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $19
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $29
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $10
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.99
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Jersey Meadow Golf Course Houston $37
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $13 - $15
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14.50 - $20.00
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $19.95
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Waller Country Club Waller $25
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
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