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
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $20 - $50
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $15.95 - $25.00
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Galveston Country Club Galveston $43 - $70
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
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